Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, is offering 10 Women in Innovation Awards to female entrepreneurs across the UK. The winners will receive a £50,000 grant and a bespoke package of mentoring, coaching and business support.
The aim of this competition is to find women with exciting, innovative ideas and ambitious plans that will inspire others. The awards are for female founders, co-founders or senior decision makers working in businesses that have been operating for at least one year.
Applicants must be confident, with the support of an award, that they can make a significant contribution to a pressing societal, environmental and/or economic challenge through their innovative project.
The competition is split into 2 phases. In phase 1 the written application will be assessed by independent experts. In phase 2 the shortlisted applicants will be interviewed by a panel of experts.
Each award will provide £50,000 of funding. Projects must start by 1 April 2021 and will last for one year.
To find out more about the eligibility criteria click here
The aim of this competition is to fund and support a diverse portfolio of Women in Innovation Award winners:
Your proposal must identify clearly evidenced pressing societal, environmental and/or economic challenge(s), and how your project and innovation can help solve them.
Applications can come from any area of innovation (where innovation is defined as the commercially successful exploitation of ideas) and be applied to any part of the economy, such as but not exclusively:
Whilst we welcome projects that overlap with the grand challenge areas this is not a requirement.
It is planned that 10 awards will be offered for women who are at a critical stage with their business, where an award will enable them to take an important step forward. The funding should help them make a real difference to innovation in the UK including in and beyond their sector or innovation area.
You should be someone who will be an inspiration to others.
Applicants should be able to clearly explain how they will benefit from the full package of funding and support on offer and who can describe how this will add value to them and their business.
Applications are particularly being encouraged from women who:
Projects that will not be funded include those that:
For further information about the awards, how to apply and key dates click here