Encouraging female-led innovation through events and funding competitions.

Innovate UK’s Women in Innovation programme empowers pioneering female entrepreneurs to develop innovations. Delivered by KTN, the programme enables brilliant women to fully achieve their visions and change the world, while championing and celebrating gender diversity throughout UK innovation. 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.

The Women in Innovation campaign was launched 1 June 2016 to address the under-representation of women engaging with Innovate UK, to get more women with excellent ideas innovating in UK businesses, and boost the economy. Since then the number of women leading applications for grants to Innovate UK has increased by 70%.

Through the Women in Innovation Awards, established by Innovate UK, £500,000 will be provided to pioneering female entrepreneurs to develop innovations such as those to tackle climate change, developing new treatments and services for healthcare patients and cleaner transport. Ten female inventors will be awarded with a cash injection of £50,000 each, as well as receive coaching and mentoring.


The Women in Innovation Awards, funded by Innovate UK, are now closed. Nevertheless, the Women in Innovation Programme is committed to continue providing inspiration, support, practical advice and tools.

Women in Innovation: Let’s Talk About… Webinar Series

The “Let’s Talk About…” webinar series is designed to start conversations, share stories and provide inspirational advice from women and male allies at the heart of the discussion.

Chaired by a guest host, and featuring a panel of incredible speakers, join the conversation, ask the questions you most want to know, share tips and advice, and most importantly, get motivated and uncover your true potential.

Upcoming Webinars

Women in Innovation: Let’s talk about…Funding your growth | 10 February 2021, 1PM | Register now

Women in Innovation: Let’s talk about…Pitching to investors | 10 March 2021, 1PM | Register now

Women in Innovation Programme partnership with Founders4Schools

The Women in Innovation programme works to promote female role models and business leaders to inspire the younger generation into innovation. We are pleased to announce a new partnership with Founders4Schools enabling our Women in Innovation community to inspire students up and down the country using the Founders4Schools digital platform.

Read more here.

Women in Innovation Building Success Webinar Series

The Building Success webinar series has been designed to provide practical advice and tools for women innovators. The series will explore topics ranging from marketing through to intellectual property, funding & finance and HR & recruitment. Find out more here https://ktn-uk.org/news/women-in-innovation-programme-building-success-webinar-series

Upcoming Webinars

More webinars will be announced shortly. You can watch past recordings here.

Join the Women in Innovation Online Community

Innovate UK has also launched a community for Women in Innovation on WorldLabs, an innovative platform designed to support and encourage entrepreneurial growth.

Click here and become a member for free today.

Other resources 

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Previous Awards Winners

Previous winners of the Women in Innovation Awards have had a huge impact on developing ideas while creating a new community of female entrepreneurs, proving that anything is possible.

Click here to learn more about the overwhelming success of the Women in Innovation programme and of its award holders.


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