Women with potential to be successful entrepreneurs and leaders in innovation can apply for support and funding to help them to succeed.
Innovate UK has up to £200,000 and a package of tailored support to award to businesswomen who have exciting ideas and the potential to become leaders in innovation and deliver significant economic growth.
This is the first women only Innovate UK competition and is part of a new ‘infocus’ initiative to encourage diversity in innovation.
Each of the 12 finalists in the competition will receive a package of support tailored to their needs, and the four winners will each receive £50,000 to support their innovation project or activities.
Ready to make an impact in the world of innovation? Funding award for women innovators.
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Several well-known business leaders have agreed to act as ambassadors and mentors including:
Awards will be spread across the four sector areas supported by Innovate UK:
The package of support includes introductions to investors, communications training, advice on intellectual property, training on business models, access to the RAEng Enterprise Hub, guidance on funding programmes, advice on market opportunities and introductions to contacts in relevant industrial sectors.
Harnessing the talent of women entrepreneurs could significantly enhance UK economic growth.
Recent reports show men are three times more likely to own a business with employees (Women entrepreneurs in the OECD 2013) and that women are half as likely to start a business (RBS Inspiring women in enterprise).
We are looking for women who: