Innovate UK is offering up to 50 Women in Innovation Awards to women 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 women 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 or economic challenge through their innovative project.
The competition is split into 2 phases. In the application phase 1, the awards will be assessed by independent experts. In the interview phase 2, the shortlisted applicants will be interviewed by a panel of experts.
Each award will provide £50,000 of funding. Awards must start on 1 April 2023 and will last for one year.
Competition opens: Monday 22 August 2022
Competition closes: Wednesday 19 October 2022 11:00am
To be eligible for an award you must:
be a woman founder, co-founder or senior decision maker within a UK registered micro, small or medium (SME) business which has been operating for at least 12 months by the competition closing date
be resident in the UK
carry out your project work in the UK
intend to exploit the results from or in the UK
be legally and contractually able to use the funding
be available to attend an online interview panel during the weeks beginning 5 December and 12 December 2022
attend 2 bootcamps on the week commencing 20 March 2023 and in September 2023.
be fully committed to volunteer as a role model for up to 5 days over the duration of the award
We have an experienced and skilled team of grant writers with a strong track record of successful applications, and we are keen to help you with:
The registration for the grantor portal
Full application and appendixes completion and upload
Financial costs definition and justification
If interested in our service, please contact [email protected] by the 15th of October.