About the event
On 25th May, we hosted our Women in Innovation event focusing on how to interpret health, women and ageing. This was a great event which included a range of topics covered by a diverse group of expert speakers and thought leaders in their area!
Our key speakers were:
The event covered various topics including; diversity, inclusion, role models, inspiration, feminism and Femtech. We answered questions such as ‘how can we make the health sector more inclusive?’ and ‘what do you need to know about social enterprise and innovation to create an impact?’.
Diversity and Innovation Nexus: why it is important and what to do
Opening the event, Giulia from Innovate UK EDGE talked about diversity and how this could boost innovation, improve financial results and allow companies to diversify and have more gender balance – therefore resulting in a higher return on equity.
Giulia also gave us some insight into UKRI - UK Research and Innovation, discussing the partnership between Innovate UK EDGE and UKRI and how they work with the government to invest over £7 billion a year in research and innovation by partnering with academia and industry to make the impossible, possible. Giulia also presented the funded support available.
Women in Healthcare
Professor Nic Palmarini from the National Innovation Centre for Ageing echoed many of Giulia’s points by highlighting the importance of women in the healthcare sector and why ageing should be interpreted from a different perspective:
Nic continued to discuss the link between technology, innovation and the creation of a new narrative around gender and ageing. He introduced the concept of Femtech - The term was coined by Ida Tin, founder and CEO of Clue, an app which enables users to share information regarding menstrual cycles with partners, family, and friends. Tin believes that connected mobile technology is the future of female health.
Nic also shared this powerful quote when explaining why this type of innovation is becoming more and more important: “FemTech matters because women’s voices are (finally)becoming more influential”.
Dr Katherine Horner, Senior Project Manager at the University of Manchester Innovation Factory talked through women, health, and biotech – and how we can make it more inclusive…
The conclusion from this question and discussion point was that we need to talk more openly about it, in forums and groups such as Women in Innovation and work together to incentivise change. The overall goal is to encourage companies to re-brand and de-stigmatise within the industry by making their product and brand more inclusive and welcoming to all women.
Katherine also shared some of her favourite quotes from empowering women such as:
Charlotte, Senior Innovation & Growth Specialist from Innovate UK EDGE discussed what you need to know about social enterprise and innovation, the growth in social enterprise, social enterprise in health, women in social enterprise and the different support organisations that can offer help and services to companies and employers.
We rounded the event off with some interesting insights and statistics from Eileen Donnelly CEO and Founder of Ripple & Co who highlighted the importance of wellbeing to provide an inclusive environment.
Eileen explained mental health in the workplace, how poor mental health can cost employers and the different drivers of satisfaction across different areas of an employee’s life, from job satisfaction to interpersonal relationships.
The most common causes of long-term absence are:
38% of Gen X (39-54 years old) have left a role due, at least in part, to mental health reasons.
Can I learn more?
Sure – if you’re keen to hear more about Women in Innovation and our events, or more about Innovate UK EDGE and the support that we can provide then email: InnovateUKEDGE@inventya.com REF: Women in Innovation.
Keep an eye out for information on our June event – or register now! https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/149738484839
Companies in the healthcare sector can benefit from Innovate UK EDGE support to grow and scale and go international – find out more below:
Innovate UK EDGE
Since 2007, Innovate UK has invested around £2.5 billion to help businesses across the country to innovate. Doing this Innovate UK has helped 8,500 organisations create around 70,000 jobs and added an estimated £18 billion of value to the UK economy.
Innovate UK offers support for businesses trying to succeed in markets in the following ways: