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 - called infocus - 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.
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.
We have also run an entrepreneurial mission to Boston for women working in human and machine interaction.