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. Since its inception, the Programme has enabled brilliant women across the UK to fully achieve their vision for their businesses and change the world, while championing and celebrating gender diversity throughout UK innovation.

Boosting innovation through Diversity – Impact & Reach

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 over 160 pioneering women from all UK regions and nations to embrace innovation, grow their businesses, and navigate the entrepreneurial ecosystem for positive economic, environmental, and societal change.

Since its inception, the Women in Innovation Programme:

  • Has awarded a total of £7.6 million to 152 remarkable women to enable them to develop and grow their businesses, whilst elevating them as relatable role models to inspire the next generation of women innovators
  • Has created a vibrant community of over 9,500 women business leaders, ambassadors and allies.
  • Has provided opportunities for women innovators to work in partnership with many brilliant organisations and networks and to learn from one another
  • Has amplified our reach and impact in our mission to foster a more gender-diverse business innovation ecosystem in the UK.

Women In Innovation Awards 2022/23

The 2022/23 Women in Innovation application round saw a record high number of applications, with over 900 women applying to the Award. After a highly competitive process, 50 women entrepreneurs were chosen to embark on a 12 month journey, benefitting from a bespoke business boosting support package between April 2023 and March 2024. The support package includes a cash injection of £50,000 each, tailored business coaching, mentoring and a wealth of networking, role modelling and training opportunities designed to help grow their innovation further.

Sara Berkai

Sara Berkai

Fuelling STEM learning among displaced children through play.

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Lorna Anguilano

Lorna Anguilano

Using native plants to harvest valuable metals from contaminated soil.

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Emma Lawton

Emma Lawton

Bringing communities together in events generated by advanced algorithms and data analysis.

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Fatemeh Ameri

Fatemeh Ameri

Analysing medical images with AI.

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Zijing Li

Zijing Li

Self-monitoring concrete for a more sustainable future.

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Iris Kramer

Iris Kramer

Using deep learning to detect unknown archaeological sites.

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Hear more about the Programme legacy

The 2022/23 Women in Innovation Award winners represent a wide variety of sectors, innovation areas and expertise. Play the video to hear more about them and the Programme legacy since 2016.

Previous Winners

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Previous Winners

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Resources

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Partnerships

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Related Opportunities

Innovate UK Investor Partnerships: SME round 4

Opens: 31/08/2023 Closes: 25/10/2023

UK registered businesses can apply for grant funding alongside private investment from selected investor partners.

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Innovate UK innovation loans future economy: round 11

Opens: 14/09/2023 Closes: 08/11/2023

UK registered businesses can apply for loans for innovative projects with strong commercial potential to significantly improve the UK economy.

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Knowledge transfer partnerships (KTP): 2023 to 2024 Round 5

Opens: 12/09/2023 Closes: 01/11/2023

UK registered academic institutions, RTOs or Catapults can apply for a share of up to £9 million to fund innovation projects with businesses or not for profits.

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Related Events and Recordings

Tue
26
Sep
2023

Innovation Loans Round 11 - Applicant Briefing

14.00 - 16.00 | Online

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Tue
11
Jul
2023

Innovate UK Unlocking Potential Award Competition Briefing

10.00 - 12.30 | Online

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Wed
8
Mar
2023

Celebrating the Legacy of Women in Innovation on International Women's Day

09.30 - 12.30 | Online

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03/05/2023

Women in Innovation 2021/2022 Success Stories

Read the success stories of our 2021/22 Women in Innovation and the personal journeys they’ve been on since winning their awards.

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23/03/2023

Global Alliance Africa host More than a Woman Showcase to celebrate International Women’s Day in Gauteng, South Africa

On 8 March 2023, over 100 people attended the More than a Woman Showcase to highlight their amazing achievements, incredible talent and network with a diverse audience that comprised of like-minded innovators and entrepreneurs as well as enabler and investors in order to share stories and create new collaborations. Global Alliance Africa are delighted to be in partnership with mLab, Women-in-Tech, SEED South Capital and MentHer. The #MoreThanAWoman initiative is a programme that aims to upskill and support the scalability of grassroots women innovators in South Africa.

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