Women in Innovation is the name of our first diversity and inclusion campaign, which aims to get more women innovating in business.
The campaign kicked off in 2016 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. The support helped the award holders grow their businesses, while creating new role models for the next generation.
A second Women in Innovation funding competition launched in 2018 to support even more women solving society’s greatest challenges to reach their full potential.
We announced the 9 winners on International Women’s Day – 8 March 2019. Each will receive £50,000 funding, plus business support.
We are also holding quarterly events to ‘build success’. These are open to female entrepreneurs and will feature practical workshops to help with grant writing, tackling blocks in the innovation process, market validation and pitching to investors.
We will continue to tackle this issue by reviewing our existing funding programmes to better promote and inspire diversity.
The winners of Innovate UK’s second Women in Innovation competition were announced on International Women’s Day 2019. The 9 entrepreneurs are tackling society’s biggest challenges: clean growth, the future of mobility, an ageing society and AI and the data driven economy.
Read the brochure to find out more about our award holders.
Ideas mean business is a collaboration between Innovate UK and The Prince’s Trust to engage and inspire young innovators from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Launched in 2017, the campaign is designed to help young people (18 to 30-year-olds) to gain confidence and expertise to innovate and realise their potential, regardless of their background.
This is through a programme of financial support, a package of tools and expert advice to help young innovators to turn their ideas into reality. The winners of the competition were announced in June 2018.
Added information about 2019's Women in Innovation award holders, including a link to the winners' brochure and news story.
Added a description and link within the Women in Innovation campaign about the quarterly workshops women entrepreneurs can attend to get advice and support to make their idea a success.
Updated Women in Innovation campaign to reflect that the second round of the competition has now launched and will be open for applications until 3 October of 2018.
Added information and videos about the winners of our competition for young innovators through the Ideas mean business campaign. Added a link to the brochure with information on the 24 winning projects.
Added a new video featuring Claire Spencer, CEO of Data Solver
Added new videos for the Women in Innovation campaign, one on the new support that will be made available and others featuring some of the award holders and how the programme has helped them to innovate.
Added information about Innovate UK running a second Women in Innovation competition this year and included a link in the collection to the news story with more detail. Added information on the other activities we are doing to support and encourage female entrepreneurs to innovate.
Reordered collection sections into 2 campaigns, Ideas mean business and Women in innovation, following the launch of new campaign. Added new video content and news stories on the launch.
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Added links to diversity and inclusion blogs from the KTN. Added photography book to collection of our work.