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Busy Brain Breaks Wins National Award for Innovation

Dr Alice Cline, founder of Busy Brain Breaks, has scooped a national award from Innovate UK, the UK’s Innovation Agency. The prestigious award will support Alice to grow her innovative business idea which aims to increase levels of physical activity within primary-school classrooms.


Building on the success of Innovate UK’s targeted programmes, like Women in Innovation and Young Innovators, this latest funding is designed to find and support the fresh innovation talent the UK needs. Dr Cline is among the 233 high-potential innovators who has been awarded a grant from Innovate UK, in addition to 12-months of tailored business support to help them grow, stimulating the UK’s economy.

"We're thrilled that Busy Brain Breaks has been awarded this grant from Innovate UK. Our commitment to encouraging children's involvement in physical activity throughout the school day is driven by research which consistently highlights its physical, psychological and educational benefits. This grant will enable us to expand the reach of Busy Brain Breaks, offering more children the opportunity to engage in movement." - Alice Cline, Founder.

In line with the UK’s growing appetite for innovation, this new award programme was amongst the most highly engaged funding competitions Innovate UK has ever delivered - with over 2,100 entrepreneurs applying for funding and business mentorship. There is an urgent need to transform the UK’s skills and talent pipeline, through inspiring and connecting people to new opportunities and pathways into innovation. Innovate UK estimates that, to achieve the UK’s full economic potential, 400,000 more innovators need to be supported, from entrepreneurs to engineers.

About Innovate UK

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, is the UK’s innovation agency. It works to create a better future by inspiring, involving and investing in businesses developing life-changing innovations. Its mission is to help companies to grow through their development and commercialisation of new products, processes and services, supported by an outstanding innovation ecosystem that is agile, inclusive and easy to navigate.

Coinciding with the Awards announcement, Innovate UK has joined forces with over 150 partner organisations to launch its free and accessible No Limits digital platform, which makes it easy for aspiring innovators to discover new career paths, sharpen their skills and access opportunities to develop life-changing innovations and future-proof the UK economy.


If you’re an aspiring innovator, or a business looking to connect with new talent, check out to find support and inspiration.

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