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Lisburn mum creates AI platform after struggling with daughter’s genetic disorder


When she struggled to locate the correct UK bloom therapies for her daughter’s bloom condition, Michelle Connor absitively to barrage her own business.

The Lisburn woman has this week been called as one of the winners of Innovate UK’s Women in Innovation Awards. Michelle joins a accomplice of 50 winners who will each account from a £50,000 grant, one-to-one business coaching, and a apartment of networking, role modelling, and training opportunities.

She is the co-founder of Kinva and has created an avant-garde AI belvedere which connects bloom therapists from all over the apple with abeyant audience – the afflatus comes from her daughter’s attenuate abiogenetic disorder.

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The awards “reflect the government’s appetence to accord further abutment to female innovators and business leaders”. The ambit of innovations from above the UK are vast, from bloom tech to apprenticeship and from maintaining lives to new means to comedy music.

The flagship Women in Innovation Awards is a key allotment of Innovate UK’s charge to advocacy the cardinal of female entrepreneurs. Innovate UK will accord all 50 trailblazers £50,000 and bespoke mentoring and apprenticeship to accredit them to scale-up their businesses.

Now in its sixth year, the antagonism drew a almanac cardinal of 920 applications from female business leaders, 10% up from aftermost year, absorption the growing cardinal of women-led organizations in the UK.

Emily Nott, Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Programmes at Innovate UK said: “Each year I am absolute abroad by the ablaze account and aptitude we bare by our Women in Innovation programme. Despite these arduous bread-and-butter times, this year’s winners have apparent abundant leadership, affection and animation in active their innovations forward. Innovate UK will banal alongside them now to ensure they have the assets and abutment appropriate to abound and calibration their businesses, while auspicious a new bearing of female to get complex in innovation, accompany their ambitions and transform our abridgement and society.”

Indro Mukerjee, CEO of Innovate UK, said: “The Innovate UK Women in Innovation programme is an basic allotment of our many activities to accomplish a absolute aberration to the aptitude and abilities activity for UK business addition by inspiring, involving and advance in greater diversity. I acquiescently congratulate all the Women in Innovation Award winners and attending advanced to holding in blow as they progress.”

Details on all 50 female innovators can be begin here. If you’re an ambitious female innovator, analysis out how Innovate UK could abutment you here.


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