Collection

Innovate UK: diversity and inclusion

How we are supporting people from a variety of backgrounds and walks of life to innovate and succeed in business and ultimately build the UK economy.

Overview

At Innovate UK we are committed to encouraging diversity and inclusion in business innovation.

We want to find the best and most talented innovators from a diverse range of backgrounds, and provide them with the resources, advice and self-belief to succeed.

Our approach shines a spotlight where there is currently under representation in business innovation. We support and empower people to innovate, grow businesses, and in turn the UK economy.

Ideas mean business: campaign

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.

It does this 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.

Innovate UK and The Prince’s Trust’s campaign, Ideas mean business

Ideas mean business: meet the young innovators

Watch videos with some of the winning young innovators.

Meet the young innovators - Innovate UK and SBTV

Adam Root, 27, on his solution to solve the ocean’s plastic problem

The Young Innovators - Adam Root

Laura Niehorster, 27, on her plans to help the UK reduce sanitary waste

The Young Innovators - Laura Niehorster

George Howell, 19, on innovating in a rural location and driving a change for young people

The Young Innovators - George Howell

Women in innovation: campaign

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

Women in innovation: meet our female entrepreneurs

Watch videos and find out more about some of our award holders.

Claire Spencer, CEO, Data Solver, on attending a mission to Boston for women in tech

Women in Innovation - Claire Spencer

Fanzi Down, Commercial Director, DPS Design, on changing perceptions of the business

Women in Innovation - Fanzi Down

Shakardokht Jafari, CTO and Founder, TrueInvivo, on her drive to innovate new cancer treatments

Women in Innovation - Shakardokht Jafari

Becky Sage, CEO, Interactive Scientific, on being a female entrepreneur in digital tech

What’s it like to be a female entrepreneur in the digital tech sector?

Beth Dawson, Projects Manager, Fuel Cell Systems, on energy and her role as an ‘intrapreneur’

What’s it like to be a female intrapreneur in the energy sector?

Emma Sceats, CEO, CN Bio Innovations, on working in health technology

What’s it like to be a female entrepreneur in the health tech sector?

Blogs

Check out our series of blogs on diversity and inclusion.

The Knowledge Transfer Network hosts blogs on diversity and inclusion from business experts. See all blogs.

  1. Innovate UK: find out more about how we work

    • News story
Published 7 July 2017
Last updated 7 June 2018 + show all updates
  1. 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.
  2. Added a new video featuring Claire Spencer, CEO of Data Solver
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Added latest news stories.
  7. Added links to diversity and inclusion blogs from the KTN. Added photography book to collection of our work.
  8. Added latest news stories to the collection.
  9. First published.