Some of the UK’s top female innovators are seeing their ideas and aspirations come to life following their participation in Innovate UK’s women in innovation competition.This awarded 15 female entrepreneurs £50,000 each and a tailored package of mentoring and business support. It is part of our effort to boost the support available for women in business.Since receiving the funding and guidance, the female entrepreneurs have enjoyed a successful year.Forbes highlights up-and-coming talentNatwilai Utoomprukporn, founder of GetTrik, was named on this year’s Forbes Europe Industry list, which recognises young entrepreneurs developing the most innovative products, methods and materials. Sign up for the event. Aeropowder’s Elena Dieckmann pictured for the Women in Innovation photography book.Also on the Forbes list was Elena Dieckmann, as one of the 30 notable social entrepreneurs under 30 years old. Elena co-founded Aeropowder, which is developing new, innovative uses for waste feathers produced by the poultry industry.Global recognition for Shakardokht JafariShakardokht Jafari received a scientific award for successful women of Afghanistan this year.Shakar is the founder of Trueinvivo, which has just finished research for a system that uses glass beads to measure radiation levels in cancer patients. The research was published in the European Journal of Medical Physics, Physica Medica.Trueinvivo also attracted its first investor and hired 4 additional staff. GetTrik’s Natwilai Utoomprukporn, shot for the Women in Innovation awards publication.Natwilai describes GetTrik as ‘Google Maps for large structure inspection’. It uses drones to create 3D models of structures, reducing construction time and cost.Since the Innovate UK award, GetTrik has hired 3 additional team members and secured a further £300,000 of funding through us. Trueinvivo’s Shakardokht Jafari. This picture was taken for the Women in Innovation photography book.Continued support for women in businessInnovate UK is committed to supporting diversity in innovation.Ahead of International Women’s Day, on 7 March 2018 we will hold a showcase event in London to inspire and encourage even more women in business.Women in innovation award holders will participate in a panel discussion, plus there will be networking opportunities and a product showcase. Find out more about our approach to diversity and inclusion.
Youngster Divine Narh has eyed a place in the Black Stars on the back of an explosive 2014/15 season on loan to Dutch side NAC Breda.The Manchester City midfielder capped off his impressive loan spell with a special goal as he beat five players and finished coolly in a relegation playoff game against VVV Venlo.The youngster spoke to the official Manchester City website and was hopeful of making a major impact on the Black Stars should he be called up.“I want to make an impact with the Black Stars soon – hopefully playing well in the Eredivisie which is a widely televised European league has helped to get me noticed and I will soon be called up to show what I can do,” Divine said.“I play as a central attacking midfield, I look up to players like Fabregas, Silva or Nasri – I’m a playmaker.”The midfielder who kicked off his career with Right to Dream Academy in Ghana spent a short time at Stromgodset in Norway shortly after joining Manchester City. “When I grew up it was players like Iniesta and Ronaldinho who I modelled myself on – someone who keeps the game going.” Divine Narh revealed.Divine was called up to the Black Satellites team for the Fifa U20 World Cup in New Zealand but was axed from the final list to the surprise of many. –