Innovate UK’s Women in Innovation Awards 2018

Posted on: 25/07/2018

Following the success of the first competition, Innovate UK has announced they will be running a second round of Women in Innovation awards.

The competition will open for applications on the 30th July 2018.

Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, is looking for women who are rising stars in business innovation and who, with the support of an award, are likely to make a significant impact towards one of the Industrial Strategy Grand Challenges: AI and Data, Healthy Ageing, Clean Growth, Future of Mobility. Find out more about the Grand Challenge areas here.

A total of 8 awards will be offered, two awards in each of the four Industrial Strategy Grand Challenge areas. The winners will each receive a £50k grant and a bespoke package of mentoring, coaching and business support. Awards must start by end of March 2019 and will last for one year.

The competition is spilt into 2 phases:

  • Phase 1 ‚Äì external¬†assessment
  • Phase 2 ‚Äì shortlisted¬†applicants invited to interview by expert panel

This competition is open to female founders, co-founders or senior decision makers working in UK-based companies that have been operating for at least one year.

Find out more about the competition and eligibility here.


Funding details

Opens: 30th July 2018
Closes: 3rd October 2018
Award: £50k grant funding, bespoke mentoring, coaching & business support

Women in Innovation Awards 2018 Briefing Event

Innovate UK and the Knowledge Transfer Network are hosting a briefing event for this competition. This event will tell you more about the scope for this competition and the application process, as well as offering the opportunity to network with other businesses. Register for this event on 7 August 2018 in London here.

Not able to attend? This event is available via webcast and you can register to join online here.

Furthermore,¬†as part of Innovate UK‚Äôs second Women in Innovation programme Innovate UK and¬†the Knowledge Transfer Network will be running four “Building Success” events¬†around the country, more details to follow.

Join the conversation on social media using hashtag: #WomenInnovate

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