Innovate UK

Registration Opens: 

28/09/2022

Registration Closes: 

 

09/11/2022

Registration >> Inclusive Innovation Award 2022 to 2023

The Inclusive Innovation Awards are open until 9 November 2022. 50 awards will be offered to micro, small or medium-sized enterprises across the UK to support diversity in business. The winners will receive a £50,000 grant each for scale-up of existing, or development of new, work on inclusive innovations.  Join us and build a more inclusive innovation ecosystem in the UK.

Diversity in all its many forms matters and great ideas can come from anyone. Use your business as a force for good.

Innovate UK is encouraging businesses to consider diversity and inclusion in their approach to innovation. This includes ensuring that new products, processes, and services are designed at the outset with diversity, and diverse users, in mind. We want to see more innovations developed with improvements in equality, diversity, and inclusion as a goal, resulting in a higher chance of commercial success and delivering benefits to all parts of society.

 

And this is why we are investing up to £2.5 million per year for the next three years to celebrate inclusion in innovation. We want to support businesses who are role models in developing innovations that centre on equality, diversity and inclusion in their design and development.

What exactly is inclusive innovation?

We define an ‘inclusive innovation’ as one that centers equality, diversity and inclusion in the design and development of a product, process, or service. Importantly, the innovation must address a challenge.

 

The innovations considered for these awards might be designed to support a specific demographic, OR it might be something that has been developed to be specifically accessible to all (i.e. designed for a wide range of demographics). The inclusive innovation could involve scaling existing practices of a company to venture into a new market OR developing a new product.

Join the Inclusive Innovation Community

Diversity in businesses contributes to enhanced performance and commercial success. Greater representation from different backgrounds, experiences, perspectives, economic circumstances, disabled people, and ethnic minorities in business innovation is a huge opportunity for positive economic and societal impact in the UK.

 

We know there is more to do to encourage more diverse role models and to continue our outreach to support underrepresented communities. Subscribe to the Innovate UK KTN newsletter now for programme and competition updates.

About Inclusive Innovation 

Innovate UK is encouraging businesses to consider diversity and inclusion in their approach to innovation. This includes ensuring that new products, processes and services are designed at the outset with diversity, and diverse users, in mind. 

 

We want to see more innovations developed with improvements in equality, diversity, and inclusion as a goal, resulting in a higher chance of commercial success and delivering benefits to all parts of society.