We are on the lookout for business leaders who can provide mentoring support and guidance to the UK’s most pioneering women in innovation.

KTN and Innovate UK are looking to partner with leaders from across a range of sectors who can help accelerate the business ambitions of the next Women in Innovation Award Winners.

We would be delighted to hear from a diverse range of people of all genders and from any background who can offer strategic business insight, sector expertise and professional support.

In return, you will become a valued member of the Women in Innovation community, which is dedicated to empowering forward-thinking women to achieve their business ambitions while fostering and celebrating gender diversity throughout UK innovation. Please note that this role will sit alongside the support provided by Innovate UK Edge through Innovation & Growth Specialists supporting the award winners through coaching, mentoring, and networking.

Through the Women in Innovation programme, KTN and Innovate UK work in collaboration to create a vibrant community of female role models, sharing knowledge and encouraging entrepreneurial growth for women throughout the UK.

We are keen to work with people with various experiences and having a previous mentoring role is not a prerequisite. We aim to be flexible with the specifics of the mentoring partnership so both members find it mutually beneficial, and many go on to support each other outside of the specific Women in Innovation programme.

As a mentor, you will benefit from:

  • Participation within a vibrant, inclusive and pioneering community
  • Full support throughout including a detailed induction, regular networking opportunities and access to key KTN and Innovate UK programme organisers
  • An opportunity to further your own career by being at the cutting-edge of innovation within the UK
  • Opportunity to engage and boost your profile with media and engagement activities
  • Social media recognition of your involvement
  • Paid travel expenses for Women in Innovation Award bootcamp events (when in person events resume)

Skills that will be welcomed from the community include:

  • Experience in starting a business, scale up and growth
  • Securing investment and managing investor partnerships
  • Managing teams or setting up internal team structures including establishing company boards
  • Marketing, branding and engagement

As a mentor, we will need you to:

  • Commit to partnering with one (or more) of the Women in Innovation Award Winners throughout the programme duration (for 12 months from February 2022)
  • Attend half day training on the role of a mentor and your contribution to the programme
  • Organise regular (usually monthly) meetings with your mentee
  • Attend ad hoc networking opportunities with the entire cohort of award winners

If you would like to explore this opportunity further or know someone who may, we would be delighted to hear from you.

Find out more about the programme and how we are supporting innovative women across the UK.

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