Meet the Woman Innovator: where inspiration blooms
We know there is more to do to attract, engage, and spotlight more diverse role models and to continue our outreach to support under-represented communities. There is also more to do to debunk existing stereotypes around innovation and entrepreneurship. Through the Meet the Woman Innovator series we aim to do just that and truly make a difference towards a more equal and equitable innovation ecosystem.
As we enter a post-pandemic world, it is essential for us to increase our support and reaffirm the strength of our commitment to the country’s pioneering women innovators whose businesses are meeting pressing environmental, societal, and economic challenges.
In 2021, 38 remarkable women innovators were selected for the Women in Innovation Awards, Innovate UK’s targeted programme aimed at addressing the underrepresentation of women in innovation. This brings the total number of awardees to 118 since the programme started in 2016. These ambitious and inspiring award holders, located across all regions of the UK and now part of our growing community, are working on a wide range of innovations across many different sectors.
From a blood test to allow earlier diagnosis of ovarian cancer, to wearable technology that acts like your own physio, and ‘leather’ made from garden waste, the awardees’ game-changing innovations are tackling some of society’s biggest issues. Their innovations underpin solutions inspired by societal, environmental, and economic challenges, as well as their own lived experiences.
Keen to meet the Women in Innovation who are meeting the pressing challenges of today? Look no further!
Get to know the remarkable women innovators from our community through this webinar series. Connect with their stories, ask the questions you most want to know, and be ready to challenge any assumptions you might have.
Boosting inclusive innovation through diversity
Without a doubt, there is great power in innovation, and there is even greater potential in innovation when it is led by diverse game changers who serve the needs of diverse communities through their businesses.
We believe in their remarkable ability and in our role to spotlight, empower, and challenge assumptions, which is why we are bringing to you the Meet the Woman Innovator webinar series, where inspiration blooms. We hope that the stories of our awardees and other women from our vibrant community will inspire more innovators.
Chaired by a guest host and featuring at least one speaker, you will hear from women innovators who have chosen to pursue, and often create, their own unique journey in innovation and entrepreneurship.
About Women In Innovation
Diversity and inclusion are at the heart of the Women in Innovation programme which forms an integral part of Innovate UK’s 2021-2025 Plan for Action for UK Business Innovation. Six years on from its launch, the Women in Innovation programme is going from strength to strength with ever greater numbers of women innovating in business.
Through the Women in Innovation programme, we are nurturing inspiring women to embrace innovation, grow their businesses, and develop their own diverse teams for positive environmental, societal, and economic change. So far, we have supported over 100 pioneering women innovators and created a community of 9,000+ members since 2016. In 2021, we received a record number of applications and selected 38 remarkable applicants for our Women in Innovation Awards, which include a cash injection of £50K each, as well as a bespoke package of business support, coaching and mentoring. These ambitious and pioneering winners, located in all regions of the UK, are working on a wide range of innovations across many different sectors. Read some of their success stories here.
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Related Events and Recordings
Women In Innovation Success Stories: Christina King, Tribosonics, Yorkshire & the Humber
Christina King’s innovation aims to drive emission reductions and energy savings through a unique sensing technology developed at Tribosonics. 23% of the world‘s energy is lost through tribological contact (the science of wear, friction, and lubrication). By addressing this, there is the potential to save 1.4% of GDP and 8.7% of total energy consumption, and reduce CO2 emissions.
Women In Innovation Success Stories: Emma Shaw, Library of Things, Greater London
Emma Shaw’s ‘Library of Things’ (LoT) is a female-led social enterprise on a mission to make borrowing better than buying.
Women in Innovation
Innovate UK’s Women In Innovation programme consists of funding competitions and events that enables brilliant women to fully achieve their visions and change the world, while championing and celebrating gender diversity throughout UK innovation.