Innovate UK: diversity and inclusion

How we are supporting people from a variety of backgrounds and walks of life to innovate and succeed in business and ultimately build the UK economy.


At Innovate UK we are committed to encouraging diversity and inclusion in business innovation.

We want to find the best and most talented innovators from a diverse range of backgrounds, and provide them with the resources, advice and self-belief to succeed.

Our approach shines a spotlight where there is currently under representation in business innovation. We support and empower people to innovate, grow businesses, and in turn the UK economy.

Ideas mean business: campaign

Ideas mean business is a collaboration between Innovate UK and The Prince’s Trust to engage and inspire young innovators from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Launched in 2017, the campaign is designed to help young people (18 to 30-year-olds) to gain confidence and expertise to innovate and realise their potential, regardless of their background.

It does this through a programme of financial support, a package of tools and expert advice to help young innovators to turn their ideas into reality. The winners of the competition were announced in June 2018.Find out more about the campaign on The Prince’s Trust website.

Ideas mean business: meet the young innovators

Watch videos with some of the winning young innovators.Ideas mean business: winning young innovators announced

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  1. Ideas mean business: introducing the young innovators

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Women in innovation: campaign

Women in innovation is the name of our first diversity and inclusion campaign. Launched in 2016, it aims to get more women innovating in business.

The campaign kicked off with research to understand the challenges of being a female entrepreneur, and a women-only competition with awards offering innovation grant funding and a tailored programme of mentoring and business support.

By working with the award holders, we are helping them to grow their businesses, and creating new role models for the next generation.

A second round of the female-only funding competition will run in 2018.

Other ways we are tackling this issue include reviewing our existing funding programmes to see how we can better promote and inspire diversity and establishing quarterly innovation accelerator workshops to help get more women innovating.

1. Women in innovation: research reveals barriers and opportunities

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  1. Women in innovation: understanding barriers to innovation

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  2. Women in Innovation: new support announced

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Women in innovation: meet our female entrepreneurs

Watch videos and find out more about some of our award holders.



Check out our series of blogs on diversity and inclusion.

The Knowledge Transfer Network hosts blogs on diversity and inclusion from business experts. See all blogs.

  1. Innovate UK: find out more about how we work

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Published 7 July 2017
Last updated 7 June 2018 
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