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Generation Next 2022 Breakthrough Award

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We're delighted to once again sponsor the East Midlands Chamber Generation Next Breakthrough Award.

For the second year, the Generation Next Awards will celebrate young entrepreneurs and business talent across the East Midlands. 

The Generation Next network features ten categories, ranging from a Breakthrough Award and Customer Service Award through to marking Excellence in Innovation and Technology and the Generation Next Future Leader.

New prizes for this year recognise outstanding contributions in diversity and inclusion, arts and culture, corporate social responsibility and sustainability.

Winners will be crowned at an awards ceremony with a twist – featuring street food, cocktails and live music – held at Bustler Market, in Derby, on 14 July.

About Generation Next

Generation Next was launched in 2020 as a new group for 18 to 35-year-olds to meet like-minded people at networking events held at locations such as Leicester cocktail bar Manhattan34 and Nottingham arcade game bar Penny Lane. Groups also go walking in the Peak District and attend educational workshops on themes such as marketing, personal finance and inclusion.

A mentoring scheme was launched this year to connect Generation Next members – who join on an individual basis – with senior business people within the wider East Midlands Chamber network.

The inaugural Generation Next Awards took place virtually in 2021 and recognised rising stars such as Kate Walker, who makes affordable and adjustable 3D-printed prosthetic arms as founder of Loughborough-based start-up ExpHand Prosthetics, and Derby’s rapidly-growing doughnut delivery company Project D.

Generation Next applications

Entries are now open for the 2022 awards. They can either be submitted by individuals aged between 18 and 35, or by a colleague or line manager.

Download applications from

Deadline: Tuesday 3 May


Posted on Friday 8th April 2022




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