Newman Alumnus wins Young Innovator of the Year at 2021 Innovation Awards

27/09/2021 by Sinead Staunton

Alumni Daniel Evans

Daniel Evans, former Newman University Business Management student, has recently been crowned as ‘Young Innovator of the Year’.

The award is open to those under-30 who are leading the way through innovation whether it is running their own company or working in a business or organisation.

On 15th September at Millennium Point, Birmingham, the inaugural Innovation Awards were held to recognise, celebrate and reward the businesses, organisations and individuals dedicated to innovation.

Finalists were grilled by an independent judging panel consisting of industry experts from universities, companies and key organisations including Make UK, the SMMT, TechNation, the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership and the Innovation Alliance for the West Midlands.

The most innovative manufacturing, engineering, tech and services companies as well as the male, female and young innovators of the year were announced.

Upon graduating from Newman Daniel continued working with Newman University and their Business and Employability team and founded the Birmingham Enterprise Community (BEC).

BEC is a social enterprise with the goal of building a collaborative and supportive entrepreneurial ecosystem that is able to cater for the needs of those within it. By working with those in the community and the wider West Midlands community BEC aims to create new opportunities and open resources to those who wish to use them to create positive change through enterprise and entrepreneurial activities.

On his win, Daniel commented “I am immensely proud to be have named Young Innovator of the Year 2021! It is exciting to be recognised alongside so many great people & organisations and makes the hard work worthwhile. I’d like to thank the members of the Newman community who continue to support me especially Ben Osborne & Ian Fellows – making me feel just as much part of the university as when I graduated 3 years ago.”