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Business can also search for funding relevant to their size and sector. To use the portal, you will first need to register with Open4Business.

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IUK Announces Women in Innovation Awards 2020-21

01 September 2020/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Innovate UK (IUK) first launched Women in Innovation in 2016, after research revealed that just one in seven applications for IUK support came from women. IUK believes that boosting the number of female entrepreneurs could deliver £180 billion to the economy.

The 2020-21 Women in Innovation Awards aim to fund and support women with innovative ideas and ambitious plans that will inspire others. 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 projects across a variety of innovation areas.

IUK has allocated up to £500,000 for 10 awards at £50,000 each. In addition to the grant funding, all award holders will receive a package of mentoring, coaching and business support tailored to their needs. Access to relevant facilities and equipment will be also be provided where this is appropriate.

To be eligible for an award, the applicant must be a female founder, co-founder or senior decision maker within a UK registered micro or SME business which has been operating for at least 12 months. Anyone who self-identifies as a woman is eligible to apply.

How To Apply

Competition dates:

  • Open: 1 September 2020

  • Competition closing date: 14 October 2020 (11:00 BST)

Applicants are encouraged to read the general guidance for applicants to help their chances of submitting a quality application.

Those requiring more information should contact the competition helpline on 0300 321 4357 or email [email protected]

More details can be accessed here

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