Women in Innovation: Changing perceptions, inspiring growth

When: March 7 2018

Where: London, United Kingdom


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Join us for a high-impact event on how to change perceptions and inspire the growth of women in innovation

For the past 18 months, Innovate UK has been working to encourage diversity and inclusion in business innovation. We began our focus on better supporting women in innovation andthrough an awards programme identified a cohort of the most promising female innovators in the UK.

Since receiving Innovate UK backing – from funding, to advice on intellectual property and marketing – these women have gone on to achieve outstanding things.

But this group is just the tip of the iceberg. We know a lack of visible role models is a key factor in discouraging women across the UK from believing they can achieve their business ambitions. Now is the time to continue the conversation, to remove the barriers faced by female entrepreneurs and to build a community of role models who challenge the perceptions of what and who an entrepreneur can be.

Innovate UK is bringing together businesses from across the country with decision-makers from the Government, international innovation agencies, and academic professionals to hear from pioneers of innovation who are striving to change perceptions. Attendees will have the chance to discover the UK’s up-and-coming innovators and discuss how we can implement change across the sector.

The event will be held from 9.00am – 5pm at the Banking Hall in London.

We expect the event to be popular, so encourage registration as soon as possible.


Draft agenda:

9.00 Registration and refreshments

9.30 Welcome and introduction

Speaker: Dr Ruth McKernan CBE, Chief Executive, Innovate UK

9.45 Keynote interview: Changing perceptions, driving growth

We look at the importance of driving women into innovation in order to benefit the UK economy.

10.00 Panel discussion: The past, present and future of female innovators

We take a look at the female pioneers of innovation, those shaping our world today and those working to transform the tomorrow.

Speakers:

  • Jo Hutchinson, The Prince’s Trust
  • Tabitha Goldstaub, CognitionX
  • Becky Sage, Interactive Scientific Limited

Chair: Hazel Moore, Chairman, FirstCapital/ Innovate UK board member

10.45 Networking and refreshments

11.10 Tomorrow's innovations: Speed pitching

This high-paced pitching session will give you a first-view into the UK’s up-and-coming innovators and how they want to work with you.

11.30 Cracking the code for women: Growing the number of female innovators

As innovation shapes our future world, the participation of women is essential. If we want to ensure women don’t have a missing voice, what do we need to do to change the status quo?

Speakers:

  • Hilde Hukkleberg, Innovation Norway
  • Jade Lewis, Saint Gobain
  • Nicole Pretorius, Co-founder, SheCanCode
  • Kriti Sharma, VP, AI, Stealth mode start-up (TBC)
  • Edward Rochead, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory

Chair: Priya Guha, Rocketspace

12.15 Diversity: It matters!

Doing more than lip-service to diversity in innovation isn’t always issue but it is essential. We talk to the UK’s most successful innovation businesses who have taken a lead and seen real success and look at strategies being taken by Governments around the world.

Speaker: Laura Haynes, Co-Chair, UN Women National Committee UK

12.30 Networking and lunch

13.30 BBC 100 Women presentation

14.00 When women meet innovation

We shine a spotlight on the real innovation being done today and how Innovate UK’s Women in Innovation Award holders are already breaking new ground.

Speakers:

  • Emma Sceats, CN Bio
  • Louise Doherty, Plan Snap
  • Lorin Gresser, Dem Dx
  • Shakardokht Jafari, TrueInvivo
  • Donna Lyndsey, Bluesky World
  • Virginia Gardiner, Loowatt

Chair: Sue Dunkerton, Director, Knowledge Transfer Network

14.45 Diversity: It matters!

Doing more than lip-service to diversity in innovation isn’t always issue but it is essential. We talk to the UK’s most successful innovation businesses who have taken a lead and seen real success and look at strategies being taken by Governments around the world.

Speakers:

  • Tera Allas, McKinsey
  • Angela Farrugia, CAA Global Brands
  • Paris Petgrave, We Love Work
  • Emma Pinchbeck, Renewable UK

Chair: Aaqil Ahmed, Diversity Consultant and international documentary maker

15.30 Networking and refreshments

15.45 Tomorrow's innovations: Speed pitching

This high-paced pitching session will give you a first-view into the UK’s up-and-coming innovators and how they want to work with you.

16.00 Keynote speaker

This keynote address will leave you inspired on the importance of female innovation for years to come.

16.45 Networking and event end

 

 


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