Women in Innovation

Enabling 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.

Accelerate your company’s growth through innovation

Innovate UK Women in Innovation was launched in 2016 to encourage more women to apply to Innovate UK 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.

Our research into women innovators highlighted access to funding and finance as their biggest barrier to success. They also struggled with the lack of visible role models and inability to reach the right networks.

Over the last eight years, we’ve championed women entrepreneurship and aimed to dismantle barriers to growth, whilst inspiring more women into innovation.

The Innovate UK Women in Innovation Awards are open to all backgrounds, sectors, regions and innovation areas. We want to support women who are at a critical stage with their business, where an award will enable them to take an important step forward. The funding should help you make a real difference to innovation in the UK including in and beyond your sector or innovation area.



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The Innovate UK Women in Innovation Awards 2024/25 will allow innovative women to embrace innovation, grow their businesses, and navigate the entrepreneurial ecosystem for positive economic, environmental, and societal change. Winners will embark on a 12-month journey, packed with bespoke business growth support, networking opportunities and up to £75k grant funding to take their innovative business ideas to the next level.

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Women in Innovation has had an incredible impact so far and kickstarted real change across the innovation system.

awarded since 2016


awarded since 2016

winners supported


winners supported

increase in women applying for Innovate UK funding


increase in women applying for Innovate UK funding

in our vibrant community


in our vibrant community

Previous winners

Sara Berkai

Fuelling STEM learning among displaced children through play

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Iris Kramer

Using deep learning to detect unknown archaeological sites

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Fatemeh Ameri

Analysing medical images with AI

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Zijing Li

Self-monitoring concrete for a more sustainable future

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Success stories from pioneering women innovators

Previous winners of the Women in Innovation Awards have had a huge impact on developing innovative businesses while creating a new community of women entrepreneurs, proving that anything is possible. The stories of our remarkable award winners will inspire the next generation of women change-makers.

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Legacy winners

Changing the world. The entrepreneurs tackling society’s challenges.

Our partnerships

The Women in Innovation programme campaign works to promote women role models and business leaders to inspire the younger generation into innovation. We work with the investor community and UK Business Angels Association to foster a more gender-diverse investment ecosystem in the UK, to enable our Women in Innovation community to inspire students up and down the country.

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Related Events and Recordings


Innovate UK Women in Innovation Awards 2024/25 Briefing Event

10.00 - 12.30 | Online

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Women in Innovation: Application Support Sessions

11.00 - 13.00 GMT | Online

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