Women in Innovation Awards return with grants of up to £75,000 on offer

Women in Innovation Awards return with grants of up to £75,000 on offer
Dan Martin
Dan MartinDan Martin Content & Events

Posted: Mon 13th May 2024

The government's competition to support innovative business women has returned with grants of up to £75,000 available.

As well as the grants, 50 women will receive a package of support including mentoring, networking, training and one-to-one business coaching.

Applications are open here until 11am on 10 July. There are a series of online events to help female founders write their applications. Details are outlined here.

To be eligible for the funding, applicants must be a woman founder, co-founder or senior decision maker within a UK micro, small or medium-sized enterprise that has been registered on Companies House for at least 12 months.

Innovate UK Women in Innovation Awards

Launched in 2016, the Women in Innovation Awards were set up with the aim of addressing underrepresentation of women in business innovation and to encourage more females to apply for Innovate UK's funding opportunities.

Since the initiative began, £10.1m has been awarded to over 200 women.

Among the 2022/23 winners were:

  • Oxford Heartbeat: A powerful, 3D AI-led software system to make surgeries more predictable, safe and efficient.

  • TurboGaming: A pedal-powered games controller to get you off the couch onto a bike to play some of your favourite Playstation and Xbox racing games.

  • Future Piano: Revolutionising the design of Grand Pianos that fits in modern homes without compromising on sound while reducing the weight and carbon footprint by 60%.

  • Post Carbon Lab: Cultivates microorganisms to bio-manufacture pigments, colours, finishes and agents used in the fashion and textile industry from her own vertical farm to make fashion more sustainable.

Relevant resources

Enterprise Nation's Tech Hub

Female Founder Toolkit

Women in Business Network

Dan Martin
Dan MartinDan Martin Content & Events
I'm a freelance journalist and event host who helps small businesses and the organisations that support them. I'm also Enterprise Nation's news reporter and Bristol Local Leader. I have 20 years of experience as a small business journalist having interviewed hundreds of entrepreneurs from famous names like Sir Richard Branson and Deborah Meaden to the founders behind brand new start-ups. I've worked for a range of leading small business publications and support groups, most recently as head of content at Enterprise Nation where I was responsible for the prolific output of content on the company's blog and social media. I now freelance for Enterprise Nation as the website's news reporter and as the host of the Small Business sessions podcast. I'm based in Bristol where I run and host regular events with the local small business community in my role as Enterprise Nation's Local Leader for Bristol. I also have strong connections with other major business organisations in the south west region. In total, I've hosted over 100 events including conferences with an audience of hundreds for international brands like Xero and Facebook and live web chats from inside 10 Downing Street. With my partner, I co-run Lifestyle District, a lifestyle blog focused on culture, art, theatre and photography.

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