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RS Innovators Championship - Overview

Can you champion a better world

Welcome to the RS Innovators Championship! 

Solve real-world challenges and be in with the chance to win £5000! 

The RS Innovators Championship is a Global Competition for teams of Young Innovators (18-30yrs) to design sustainable solutions to 5 RS Group challenges that will transform how the industry currently operates For a Better World.

Applications are now Closed!!!

THE 5 CHALLENGES - set by RS colleagues, aligned to real business goals 

People – Training and Language

Create a technology solution that will allow us to deliver real-time training to colleagues in over 32 countries, allowing them to hear it in their local language.

Water Filtration: Keep it Clean - The Washing Machine Project

Create a filtration solution that allows wastewater from a Divya wash cycle to be collected and reused for washing, cooking, cleaning, or agricultural farming.

Sustainable Packaging - Waste Not, Want Not

Create a reusable packaging solution that would offer the ultimate protection for the global distribution of products without harming the environment.

Sustainable Product - Repair and Reuse

Create a solution that would allow us to extend the life of our products to our customers through either repair services or replacement.

Smart Distribution Centres (DCs) - Shape Up to Ship Out

Create a technological solution for picking and packing stock that will help us transform our Distribution Centres (DCs) to increase efficiency and meet the ever-increasing demand.


Register for the Competition, if you are not quite ready to submit an application yet, that way we can make sure you receive all of the latest news and updates. 

Assemble your team (3 to 5 members), and start generating your ideas! 

The competition is open to submissions between 25th October and 30th November 

Entry Criteria

  • Teams of 3 to 5 people
  • All team members aged 18-30 at time of entry
  • All team members registered with DesignSpark
  • All entries must be in English (be able to communicate in English)
  • A passion for sustainability!

Full terms and conditions can be downloaded at the bottom of this article. 

Did you miss our Virtual Launch Event?

Watch the recording, and learn how to turn your ideas into innovations!

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We are looking for 20 teams to take through to the next phase of the competition, where we will support you with a program of mentoring and masterclasses to turn your ideas into innovations!



25 October - Event: Turn your ideas into Innovations! / Competition open for entries 

30 November – Submission Deadline, get your entries in!

December – A shortlist of teams will be invited to submit a video

January – 10 finalist teams announced

February & March – 6-week masterclass and mentoring program to equip your team with the skills and knowledge needed to turn your idea into a reality (teams will need to commit to 1 masterclass, and 1 mentoring session a week)

27th to 31st March – The virtual final, pitch the solution your team has been working on to a panel of judges, and be in with the chance of winning one of the three grand prizes!


In case you missed it...

1st Place - £10,000 GBP!

2nd Place - £5,000 GBP!

3rd Place - £3,000 GBP!

  • A total of 3 teams will be crowned ultimate champions! That's 3 chances of winning! 
  • An opportunity to further develop your solutions further through an amazing accelerator program


The Grass Roots Team is very happy to answer any questions you may have, you can reach us here:


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We have partnered with Yunus & Youth (Y&Y), an organisation that combines social entrepreneurship training with technology to remove educational barriers between countries and generations. It connects social entrepreneurs, changemakers, and activists who want to build a better world with the support, opportunities, and guidance they need to succeed. As a result, Y&Y empowers youth to build successful and financially sustainable solutions to address the world’s most pressing needs. Since 2014, Y&Y has worked with over 8,500 young people who are now part of an international mission-driven community.


RS Grass Roots is the Education & Community Impact team at RS. Grass Roots champions young engineers with exciting opportunities to nurture the next generation of outstanding innovators! Industry now demands graduate engineers with not only the knowledge but crucially the skills and practical experience to solve real problems and create new designs. Whether you are an academic working to enhance the educational experience or a student tackling your latest project - RS is here to help.