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Innovate UK launches its first women only competition

The first women only Innovate UK competition opened on 1st June and is part of a new ‘infocus’ initiative to encourage diversity in innovation.


Recent reports show that women are half as likely to start a business than men (RBS Inspiring women in enterprise), Innovate UK want to harness the talent of women entrepreneurs, which they believe could significantly enhance UK economic growth.

They are looking for businesswomen to apply who have the potential to become leaders in innovation and deliver substantial economic growth.

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.

There is a distinguished list of ambassadors and mentors for the competition, including Facebook’s vice-president for Europe, the Middle East and Africa Nicola Mendelsohn.

KTN will be running a briefing event and live cast webinar from London to support applicants. We will also be running a workshop and will speak about the competition as part of the Forward Ladies event during the International Festival of Business in Liverpool.

The briefing event is now full but the full recording will be made available after the event to download and playback at the Innovate UK competitions page.

Additionally KTN will be contributing expertise on market opportunities and our extensive industry connections to the package of support that finalists receive.

The deadline for registration is noon on 24 August 2016.

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Register for the Forward Ladies event, Friday 17th June 2016, Liverpool >>

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Webinar on funding opportunities for Industrial Biotech & SynBio

This KTN webinar provided an update on the upcoming funding opportunities for industrial biotechnology & synthetic biology, with particular focus on the remit of each competition and where applications are likely to fit best. 

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