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Bayes Centre News: Bayes Centre becomes Official Nominator for The Earthshot Prize

A programme run by the Bayes Centre to support promising start-up companies, has been chosen as an Official Nominator for a prestigious environmental prize.

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The Bayes Centre's EIE Investor Readiness Programme has been selected to put forward nominees for The Earthshot Prize – founded by HRH Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Sir David Attenborough.

Innovation prize

Since launching in 2020, The Earthshot Prize has undergone an unprecedented global search for innovative, impactful solutions to the greatest environmental challenges facing our planet.

The Prize aims to accelerate and support the innovative work of people, organisations, movements and governments and develop their impact at a global level.


The University is one of more than 300 organisations from across the world invited to submit nominations across all five Earthshot categories – Nature, Air, Oceans, Waste-Free World and Climate.

This presents Bayes’ EIE Programme with a unique opportunity to select current and former entrepreneurs on the programme as nominees for the £1 million top prize in each category.

EIE Programme

The EIE Investor Readiness Programme is an intensive preparation for start-up and scale-up company founders and leaders, providing training worth more than £14,000, which is designed to enable and enhance their business as they seek to understand and explore the options for current and future investment. They will receive intensive pitch training, learn what investors are seeking, what to look for in an investor and much more.

EIE culminates on the 6th October 2022 at the EIE Conference, where the EIE22 cohort will pitch for investment from Seed to Series A and beyond, to an international gathering of venture capitalists, high worth individuals, investment firms, angel investors and business leaders.

Since 2008, EIE has supported more than 500 tech start-up and scale-up companies, who have raised more than $1.5 billion in investment, from seed through to later stage funding.

EIE is currently seeking tech start up and scale up companies who wish to apply to be a part of the EIE22 cohort. Applications close on the 23rd January. 


Similar to other established international prizes, by using nominators, The Earthshot Prize taps into a global network of knowledge and experience.

The first-ever winners were revealed at an Awards Ceremony in October 2021, watched by millions of people around the world.

Karen Wood, Director of Enterprise EIE at the Bayes Centre, was so inspired by the coverage that she decided to put the University forward as a Nominator, which ultimately proved successful. She said:

We are greatly inspired to support our shared mission with The Earthshot Prize and search our global EIE Talent Pipeline, Alumni Community and Tech Ecosystem for impactful innovation and investment opportunities, to make the world a better place and Save our Planet.

Karen WoodDirector of Enterprise

We are delighted to be an Earthshot Prize 2022 Official Nominator. The Bayes Centre look forward to contributing to what will be a world class Talent Pipeline that flows two ways between our EIE Investor Readiness Programme and Earthshot.

Neil McGillivrayBayes Centre, Chief Operating Officer and Turing Liaison Manger.


Related links

Apply to the Bayes Centre’s EIE programme 

The Earthshot Prize