Innovate UK KTN

Background

As women and young people in the innovation space have, traditionally, been underserved and underrepresented, greater diversity and inclusion is needed. Innovate UK’s programmes – “Women in Innovation” and “Young Innovators” – have provided funding and other non-financial support (such as mentoring and coaching) for approximately 250 award winners.

These two programmes are supported and delivered by the Innovate UK Group. Innovate UK KTN supports community engagement for award winners and the wider communities for Women in Innovation and Young Innovators and Innovate UK EDGE provides tailored 1:1 innovation and business growth advice for award winners.

Innovate UK is the UK’s innovation agency. It provides funding and support to organisations to grow through the development and commercialisation of new products, processes and services.

Innovate UK KTN exists to connect innovators with new partners and new opportunities beyond their existing thinking – accelerating ambitious ideas into real-world solutions. Innovate UK EDGE, in particular, empowers innovation-driven businesses to grow at pace and achieve their industry and society-transforming ambitions.

Objectives

In addition to fostering equality, diversity and inclusion in innovation, both programmes aim to increase investment and to achieve positive economic, environmental, and societal change. Innovate UK would like to:

  • Better understand the scale and nature of impact for those who benefit from their support;
  • Identify the value the two programmes have created;
  • Produce actionable recommendations to effectively plan future programmes and activities.

Our Role

Trilateral Research has been commissioned by Innovate UK to conduct an impact assessment of their two innovation programmes “Women in Innovation” and “Young Innovators”. As part of the project, we are:

  • Conducting interviews with key staff across the Innovate UK group as well as selected investors involved with the two programmes;
  • Conducting a business survey as well as in-depth interviews with a subset of participants of the two programmes;
  • Analysing and synthesising existing qualitative evidence (such as case studies);
  • Formulating a hypothesis to demonstrate impact – tested using an appropriate counterfactual group;
  • Drafting a methodology to assess future programmes to increasingly leverage in-house resources.

Impact

The findings and recommendations will feed into a new innovation programme by Innovate UK which will kick off in 2023.

For more information, please get in touch with Jana Dilger, Research Analyst, jana.dilger@trilateralresearch.com.