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Innovate UK - in focus

18-29th July

One in 3 women say their gender has negatively impacted their career in innovation. This needs to change.

Innovate UK, the nation’s innovation agency, believes that the most disruptive innovation can only occur when great and diverse minds meet and get access to proper support mechanisms to realise their ideas. The participation of women in the innovation eco-system is crucial to the development of work that will truly change the world. Not only for these women themselves, but for everybody - boosting female entrepreneurship could deliver approximately £180 billion to the UK economy.

Over the past year Innovate UK has focused its support on women working in innovation.

We are working to ensure their ideas are heard and that they have the resources, business support and self-belief to turn their ideas into successful businesses. This followed the insight that just one in 7 applications for business funding to Innovate UK came from women. The exhibition will contain pictures of the 34 Women in Innovation Award Holders from Innovate UK’s first competition solely for women. This group represents the UK’s most promising female entrepreneurs. The exciting innovations that these women are working on include the optimisation of cancer treatment, creation of sustainable alternatives to animal products and solutions to crises of air-pollution and waste.

Women in innovation do not look a certain way. She doesn’t have one background, one education, one location, one demeanour, one approach, or one style. We recognise, encourage and promote these differences and the diverse ideas they bring forward. We hope that in partnering with Getty to create real depictions of women in innovation, and highlighting the many identities of female entrepreneurs, we can create a lasting legacy. It’s this that will inspire other women to recognise their most entrepreneurial and innovative ideas, and to pursue their ambitions.