Investing in Women in Innovation

A Co-funding partnership with Innovate UK

CCR has partnered with Innovate UK, encouraging the inventors and entrepreneurs of South East Wales to showcase their ingenuity at the annual Women in Innovation Awards) – where the award winners secure a £50,000 cash investment, as well as receiving industry-best coaching and mentoring, to develop their ideas and innovations to the full. We will be providing funding for any female-led innovation project, anywhere in Cardiff Capital Region, that wins an Innovation UK award.

For more information on this inspired programme see Women in Innovation – KTN (

About “Women in Innovation”

Since 2016, Innovate UK’s ‘Women in Innovation’ campaign has shone a spotlight on the pioneering female entrepreneurs who have set out to tackle some of the biggest societal, economic and environmental challenges we face – from climate change to cleaner transport and better healthcare – creating a collaborative community of female role models, sharing knowledge and encouraging entrepreneurial growth for women throughout the UK.

The programme supports women at a critical stage in their businesses, enabling them to take an important step forward and make a real difference to innovation in the UK and beyond. Diversity in business is a proven driver of economic growth and increasing the number of women starting and scaling innovative businesses in the UK will unlock huge economic and societal benefits.

Why we are investing in this programme

We are proud to be one of the first co-funders of Innovate UK in a scheme that reinforces our ambition to ensure innovation is recognised as one of the primary drivers of economic growth.

Given the creativity, initiative and entrepreneurial spirit shown by women of all ages and in all communities across the Cardiff Capital Region, we believe there’s huge potential to grow the South East Wales female representation at these prestigious awards – investing funds as a regional partner of Innovation UK: looking to back the ambition and vision of female entrepreneurs with an outstanding innovation project.

Competition is Open for Entry

The 2021/22 Women in Innovation Awards is open for entry from 23rd August to 13th October 2021 – and we want this year’s entry to empower the best female-led innovation from across our region.

So, if you have an inspirational innovation that can change our world for the better, step up to your future right now, at:

Competition overview – Women in Innovation Awards 2021/22 – Innovation Funding Service ( 

Still not sure? Then take a look at last year’s winners and be inspired!

Women-in-Innovation-Awards-Winners-2020-21-Brochure.pdf (