Three girls innovators from Scotland have been backed by the UK Authorities, as a part of a gaggle of 40 of the UK’s most visionary feminine entrepreneurs, to drive ahead their novel improvements and enterprise concepts to assist the UK construct again higher from the COVID-19 pandemic and meet its local weather change ambitions.
Introduced immediately (Monday 8 March 2021) by UK Authorities Science Minister Amanda Solloway to mark Worldwide Ladies’s Day, the Ladies in Innovation Award winners will obtain a money injection of £50,000 every to scale up and produce to market their disruptive enterprise concepts, a lot of which have been born out in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
UK Authorities Science Minister Amanda Solloway stated:
As we construct again higher, it’s a precedence of mine that we proceed equipping our brightest feminine innovators with the instruments they should succeed, whereas encouraging a brand new era of girls to come back ahead and pursue their ambitions.
I’m delighted we’re supporting 40 of our most trailblazing feminine entrepreneurs, serving to them to show their progressive concepts and aspirations right into a actuality, creating the services that may assist enhance all our lives, whereas powering up the UK’s financial restoration.
Among the many winners is Alison Wooden, founding father of Edinburgh-based sustainable sanitary pad firm Lilypads. The corporate’s reusable pads have a carbon footprint 90% decrease than disposable equivalents and are among the many most cost-effective reusable pads available on the market. Their charitable arm, supported by pad gross sales, works to scale back gender inequality and interval exploitation around the globe.
This programme is offering improvement funding to additional cut back the environmental influence of our interval pad. We’re delighted to be part of it and may’t wait to fulfill and study from different girls working sustainable companies.
Joan D’Arcy, co-founder of Plastic@Bay in Durness, Highland, has additionally obtained funding to develop Native Ocean Plastic Recycling Services (LOPRF) to transform ocean plastic waste into development supplies at a low value. This initiative will even present native employment and coaching alternatives for younger individuals, with every facility using not less than 3 individuals to make use of and keep the recycling machines.
The intention is to develop a low-tech facility to recycle end-of-life fishing gear and ocean plastic that may be replicated in harbours and communities adversely affected by ocean plastic air pollution. Our analysis and improvement crew will construct a low-tech machine able to making fence posts, planks, and decking, whereas I develop the plant format, enterprise mannequin, and advertising technique.
Jacqueline Morrison, co-founder of Glasgow-based firm Cedeco Contractors Ltd, has additionally obtained backing for the event of a mechanical various to grout that may save time and minimize prices for the set up of wind generators, while additionally lowering carbon emissions.
We all know that rising the crew and collaborating with business companions will probably be our approach ahead and this funding will assist with that. I’m delighted to have received the award and to have the ability to shine a highlight on our know-how and am trying ahead to what guarantees to be an thrilling yr.
At present’s funding is a part of the federal government’s flagship Ladies in Innovation Awards, delivered by Innovate UK, a part of UK Analysis and Innovation (UKRI), which seeks to spice up the variety of UK feminine entrepreneurs, which may ship £180 billion to the economic system.
It varieties a key a part of the federal government’s bold R&D Roadmap, revealed in July 2020, which dedicated to supporting the UK’s innovators and risk-takers by backing entrepreneurs and start-ups with the funding wanted to scale up their improvements.
Emily Nott, Head of Equality, Variety and Inclusion at Innovate UK stated:
With 2020 proving to be an extremely troublesome yr for everybody, and notably girls, persevering with to assist feminine entrepreneurs in 2021 has been an actual precedence for Innovate UK. We’ve got had an infinite response and we are able to see some positives from the pandemic, with a few of our shortlist impressed to begin up a enterprise in response to a few of the challenges it has introduced.
Working alongside the winners, Innovate UK will assist them develop additional. We will’t wait to see what else these inspiring girls obtain and the way they are often an instance to encourage the following era and to encourage extra women-led companies on this nation as we rebuild and recuperate.