Celebrating the Legacy of Women in Innovation on International Women's Day
Recorded on 8th March 2023 to celebrate the legacy of our Women in Innovation (WiI) Programme.
Recording now available
About the programme
The Women in Innovation (WiI) programme was launched in 2016 by Innovate UK with the overall aim to increase gender equality in business-led innovation.
The programme has continued to go from strength to strength, year by year, with ever greater numbers of women innovating in business. In the last 6 years we have had the honour of nurturing 118 pioneering women to embrace innovation, grow their businesses, and navigate the entrepreneurial ecosystem for positive economic, environmental, and societal change.
Over the years, the WiI programme:
- has created a vibrant community of over 9,500 members aligned to the same mission
- has empowered a diverse group of awardees to serve as role models and inspire the next generation of women innovators
- has provided opportunities to work in partnership with many brilliant organisations and networks, learning from one another, amplifying our reach and impact.
About the event
Watch our recorded livestream from 8th March to celebrate the legacy of our Women in Innovation. We have come a long way, but we can continue to accomplish so much more, together.
Our free event will bring together remarkable advocates for equality in business innovation, and many of our Women in Innovation Award winners as part of our legacy celebration. We will also be announcing our newest cohort of Women in Innovation award winners, so don’t miss out!
Join us on the 2023 International Women’s Day and continue the legacy with us.
Event MC: Emily Nott (Innovate UK)
9.30am-10.05am – Opening address: Emily Nott (Innovate UK), Lou Cordwell OBE (Magnetic), Izzy Obeng (Foundervine), Indro Mukerjee (Innovate UK)
10.05am-10.50am – Panel discussion: Innovation as a force for good – Celebrating 2022/23 Women in Innovation Award winners (discussion moderated by Reedah El-Saie, Brainspark Games)
10.50am-11.05am – Break
11.05am-11.50am – Women in Innovation Alumni: Inspire, Involve, Invest (discussion moderated by Priya Guha MBE, Merian Ventures)
11.50am-12.20pm – In conversation with Yvonne Greeves (NatWest) and Christine Hockley (British Patient Capital)
12.20pm-12.30pm – Closing Address: Kirsty Hewitson (Innovate UK KTN)
12.30pm-01.30pm – Informal Networking: In-person attendees
Women in Innovation
Innovate UK’s Women in Innovation programme was launched in 2016 to address underrepresentation of women in business innovation and to encourage more of them to apply to Innovate UK’s funding opportunities.
Women Innovators in the Foundation Industries (WINFI)
On International Women in Engineering Day 2022, the Innovate UK Business Connect Materials Team and the Transforming Foundation Industries Challenge launched the Women Innovators in Foundation Industries (WINFI) programme.