A photo exhibition is hoping to challenge the perceptions of female entrepreneurs.
The Women in Innovation exhibition at Getty Images Gallery, London will feature profiles of female entrepreneurs and redefine what we see, feel and believe about innovation.
The aim of the exhibition is to break down the barriers to women in innovation and present the next generation of female entrepreneurs with inspiring, relevant role models.
Photos, taken by the acclaimed photographer, Amelia Troubridge, include winners and finalists of the women in innovation funding competition, who continue to receive support from Innovate UK, as well as ambassadors of the awards.
The women are drawn from a diverse background. They are pioneering new technologies and solutions across a wide range of industries, from the optimisation of cancer treatment, to the creation of sustainable alternatives to animal products, air-pollution and waste.
The exhibition will run from 18 to 29 July and admission is free. It follows research that shows that one in three female innovators believe their gender has negatively impacted their career.
The research also found that the proportion of UK women engaged in entrepreneurial activity is around half the level of men. If we can increase participation to the same level, women-led SMEs could contribute a £180 billion boost to the UK economy by 2025.
Dr Ruth McKernan CBE, Chief Executive of Innovate UK said, “Half of the world’s population are female.”
“To consider how many of these talented women are held back from participating in entrepreneurial activity is deeply frustrating, particularly as research shows that harnessing the skills of women entrepreneurs could significantly enhance UK economic growth.”
“More so, the participation of women in the innovation ecosystem is crucial to the development of work that will truly change the world.”
“We know that a key barrier to engaging women in this is the lack of female role models.”
“So what better way to address this balance than to partner with Getty, and the amazing Amelia Troubridge, in order to showcase the women who are already leading and growing incredible businesses across the UK.”
“It’s an exciting opportunity to change what it looks like to be a female innovator in 2017, with the aim to inspire even more brilliant women to come forward with game-changing ideas.”