KTN and Innovate UK’s series of Women in Innovation: Building Success events got off to a fantastic start in Cardiff at the beginning of November.

Over 100 delegates, exhibitors and speakers came together at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff for the first Women in Innovation: Building Success event. The events are being run alongside Innovate UK’s second Women in Innovation competition.

‘I had such a great time meeting fellow women in business and listening to their experiences. It was an open and comfortable forum with genuine and honest discussions about running a business and making it successful.’

‚ÄòThe key outcome for me was to re-think my own marketing, purpose and funding applications.’

‘It was a really inspirational day. I loved meeting so many other women entrepreneurs. The workshops were all really good and the panel session was great!’

Attendees started the day by hearing an inspiring talk from Professor Hilary Lappin-Scott (OBE), Senior Pro-Vice Chancellor at Swansea University, who is a fierce advocate for Women in STEM. Watch Hilary’s TEDx Talk on Why we need more girls/women in STEM Careers here.

Jacqui Murray, Deputy Director of Faraday Battery Challenge at Innovate UK, dispelled gender clich√©s in her talk, Is it okay to cry? Jacqui encouraged delegates to embrace their flaws; ‘Flawsome (adj) an individual who embraces their “flaws” and know they are awesome regardless.’

The closing panel session saw speakers championing innovation in a variety of industries including construction, manufacturing and social enterprise. Panellist Jenna Bowen, Women in Innovation 2016 award winner, furthermore gave advice to attendees about what makes a great grant application during the Grant Writing Masterclass. Attendees also took part in Market Validation, Innovation Canvas and Investor Readiness workshops.

Find out more about the panellists and their companies below:

Cardiff Women in Innovation panel

The closing panel at the Women in Innovation: Building Success event in Cardiff. Jenna Bowen - Chief Operating Officer at CMD & Women in Innovation 2016 Award Holder, Chloe Smith - Co-Founder Bigmoose Coffee Co., Amy Sheldrake - Founder/Director of Carapace Slate & Lisa Marie Brown - Founder of Pinkspiration.

 

Are you a business based in Wales? Find out how the following companies who featured in the Support Zone can help you here (PDF document).

 

The next Women in Innovation: Building Success event with available places takes place on 20th March 2019 in Belfast. Register for tickets here.

 

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