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Women in Innovation

Innovate UK's Women in Innovation programme consists of funding competitions and events to encourage female-led innovation.

Women in Innovation Awards

We’re happy to announce that the new wave of the Women in Innovation Awards, funded by Innovate UK will open this Autumn.

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.

Since the launch of the Women in Innovation programme in 2016, the number of women leading applications to Innovate UK has increased by 70%.


The Women in Innovation Awards: Briefing Event | 1 September, 2PM | Online

Innovate UK and the Knowledge Transfer Network are hosting a briefing event to tell you more about the scope for this competition and the application process, as well as offering the opportunity to network with other Women in Innovation, and have the opportunity to book 1:1 meetings with Innovate UK and KTN.
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Women in Innovation Building Success Events

More events will be announced shortly.

Alongside the competitions, KTN has been running Building Success events around the country to widen support for female innovators.

Watch below the recordings from our Women in Innovation: Building Success in the North West event, 24th of September in Manchester.


Women in Innovation Programme – Building Success webinar series

Learn more with our 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.

Upcoming webinars:

More webinars will be announced shortly.

Previous Webinars from this series:

  • Marketing Webinar: Strategy & Planning
  • Pitching to Investors
  • Branding
  • Intro to Innovation Funding & Finance
  • Public Relations
  • Social Media For Business
  • Financial Planning
  • Expanding your horizons
  • Value Proposition
  • Presentation Skills
  • Grant Writing
  • Leadership
  • Women in Innovation: Introduction to Intellectual Property for Entrepreneurs & Start Ups
  • Innovation Grant Funding

Click here for the recordings.


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.


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Previous Awards Winners

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

  • Daniela Paredes Fuentes the creator of Gravity Sketch, software that allows designers to sketch in 3D.
  • Agnes Czako who invented AirEx, a smart-tech airbrick that could help householders save money on their energy bills by improving the energy efficiency of tens of millions of UK homes.
  • Dr Debbie Wake who is the CEO, co-founder and clinical lead for My Diabetes My Way – a self-management platform for diabetes patients.

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


Pauline Dawes, CEO/ Founder of SOMI Trailers, Women in Innovation 2016 award holder

“All in all, it was life-changing for me and SOMI Trailers. The media exposure and events promoting the project were wide ranging. We’ve had worldwide interest in SOMI trailers following Women in Innovation Award, with huge export potential.”


Get in touch with KTN’s Women in Innovation team:

–     Siwan Smith

–     Raluca Ionescu


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