Women in Innovation Award Winners 2022/23

The Women in Innovation Programme was launched in 2016 by Innovate UK with the overall aim of increasing gender equality in business-led innovation.

The annual competition from Innovate UK supports and celebrates remarkable women entrepreneurs and senior business leaders from any background and any UK nation or region, with the aim to help grow their innovation further.

This year, we are awarding 50 Women remarkable women entrepreneurs, which forms our largest cohort since the programme’s start. Selected from hundreds of applicants, the winners are tackling some of our most pressing environmental, economic and societal challenges. The range and scope of their ideas is truly impressive, including:

  • Oxford Heartbeat built a powerful, 3D AI-led software system to make surgeries more predictable, safe and efficient
  • TurboGaming developed a pedal-powered games controller to get you off the couch onto a bike to play some of your favourite Playstation and Xbox racing games
  • Future Piano is revolutionising the design of Grand Pianos that fits in modern homes without compromising on sound while reducing the weight and carbon footprint by 60%
  • Post Carbon Lab cultivates microorganisms to bio-manufacture pigments, colours, finishes and agents used in the fashion and textile industry from her own vertical farm – to make fashion more sustainable

Learn more about our 22/23 Women In Innovation Awards winners here.

Related Projects

Katerina Spranger

Virtual brain surgery planning for more predictable outcomes

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Joanne Redmile

Boosting fitness through interactive gaming

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Sarah Nicolls

Redesigning the concert Grand Piano to revolutionise the performance of classical music

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Dian-Jen Lin

Putting bio-manufacturing into practice in the fashion industry

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These winning women entrepreneurs will embark on a 12-month journey and benefit from a bespoke business boosting support package. This includes a cash injection of £50,000 each, tailored business coaching offered by Innovate UK EDGE, mentoring and a wide range of networking and training opportunities. Learn more about our 22/23 Women In Innovation Awards winners here.

We look forward to engaging with the new cohort, the growing alumni network and the wider community to promote new role models and inspire the next generation. Together, we will shape a future with no limits.

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Since its launch, the Women in Innovation programme has directly supported over 150 trailblazing women with a total funding of £7.6 million and convened a vibrant community of over 9,500 business leaders, ambassadors and allies. More broadly, we have seen the number of women applying for innovation funding grow by over 70% and more women than ever starting new businesses – around 20% of all new UK firms are now led by women.

After taking part in the programme, members of our previous cohorts have gone on to scale their businesses, launch new products, attract further investment and expand their teams.

Do you need support to scale your business? Innovate UK offers a number of funding and mentoring programmes to help innovative businesses take the next step.

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