Two founders with startups developed in Leicestershire have been named on Innovate UK’s ‘Upcoming Talent’ shortlist.

Loughborough graduates Anthony Camu and Thomas Constant are among 17 young innovators to be recognised for disrupting their sectors with new solutions to major social, economic and environmental challenges.

The pair have already won Young Innovators awards but will now get an extra £50,000 to fuel their growth plans.

Coinciding with the announcement, Innovate UK is launching its biggest and most ambitious programme to tackle underrepresentation in innovation to date, the Diverse Innovators Award.

This brand-new programme builds upon the success of the Young Innovators awards. Backed by a £6 million budget, it will allow Innovate UK to support even more young entrepreneurs, women founders and other communities who are underrepresented in innovation.