Belfast Telegraph

Female entrepreneurs to compete for £50,000 grants

By Christine Carrigan

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, is searching for female innovators to take home one of eight £50,000 prizes.

The UK competition which is open to women in Northern Ireland, wants female founders, co-founders or senior decision-makers working in companies that have been operating for at least one year.

This year, a total of eight inspirational women will be selected by a panel of experts to receive a £50,000 grant in addition to a bespoke year-long package of mentoring, coaching and business support.

The panel is particularly looking for women who are tackling some of the biggest challenges facing society as set out in the government's modern Industrial Strategy.

Areas of research include delivering artificial intelligence and a data economy, the ageing society, creating clean growth and developing the future of mobility.

Northern Irish business woman Christine Boyle has benefited from the scheme and will be launching into the global marketplace with her innovation.

The managing director of family business Lawell Roofing, and chair of Women in Business in Northern Ireland, she has led the design of a polymer-based thermal solar panel - Senergy.

Ian Campbell, executive chair of Innovate UK, said: "We're more determined than ever to support women who have the potential to be the UK's next successful business innovators."

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