Women in innovation is the name of our first diversity and inclusion campaign. Launched in 2016, it aims to get more women innovating in business.
The campaign kicked off with research to understand the challenges of being a female entrepreneur, and a women-only competition with awards offering innovation grant funding and a tailored programme of mentoring and business support.
By working with the award holders, we are helping them to grow their businesses, and creating new role models for the next generation.
A second round of the female-only funding competition will run in 2018.
Other ways we are tackling this issue include reviewing our existing funding programmes to see how we can better promote and inspire diversity and establishing quarterly innovation accelerator workshops to help get more women innovating.
Women in Innovation - new support announced