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.

Register to attend the briefing event on 20 June 2016 hosted by the Knowledge Transfer Network which will provide more details about the scope background of the funding award and how to apply.

Download and the briefing document here.

Several well-known business leaders have agreed to act as ambassadors and mentors including:

  • Facebook vice-president for Europe, the Middle East and Africa – Nicola Mendelsohn
  • Money&Co chief executive – Nicola Horlick
  • President of the Royal Academy of Engineering and deputy vice-chancellor of the University of Cambridge – Ann Dowling
  • WS Atkins chairman and Department for Business, Innovation and Skills board member – Allan Cook
  • Cambridge Wireless former founder CEO – Soraya Jones
  • Genius Gluten Free founder – Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne

Unable to attend the event?

The event will be webcast live and there will be an opportunity for the online viewers to also take part in the Q&A with the presenters, register here for the webcast instead.

Key Dates and Deadlines:

Competition opens 1 June 2016
Briefing event  20 June 2016
Registration deadline Noon on 24 August 2016
Application deadline Noon on 31 August 2016