Well January has been a busy month for Incubation Nation CIC. We saw our newest intake of 19 Women In Business start our 8 week Business Bootcamp and we also won an award!

Women’s Empowerment: Samantha Poole from Incubation Nation CIC

The awards, which were hosted by Events Together, took place on 12 January at Kettering Conference and Exhibition Centre.

My passion for Women’s Empowerment comes from the difficulty of starting over after children, divorce, relocation, and health issues. It is crucial to provide women with more funding for coaching to help them overcome their lack of confidence and get back on the ladder to success!

Women’s empowerment has five components: women’s sense of self-worth; their right to have and to determine choices; their right to have access to opportunities and resources; their right to have power to control their own lives, both within and outside the home; and their ability to influence the direction of social change to create a more just social and economic order, nationally and internationally.

During 2023, 50 more women will complete an 8 week Business bootcamp and have access to weekly meet-ups to help them grow their businesses.

Incubation Nation CIC

We were surrounded by lots of amazing change makers and the night was so inspirational.

The winners of the This Is Us Awards, an awards ceremony that champions workplace diversity and inclusion across the East of England and the Midlands.

Changemaker Award: Nav Ahmed from Arden University

Community Upliftment: Thomas Cliffe from Café Track

DEI Company: REAS Group & Konnek-App

Employee Resource Group: Idrees Mohammed from Milton Keynes University Hospital

Lifetime Achievement Award: Sabrina Shadie from D’Rose Development Consultant

Organisational Champion: Nav Ahmed from Arden University

Tomorrow’s Leader: Aaliyah Aries from Ebony Lashes Crafts

Training and Development: Katie Neeves from Cool2BTrans

Women’s Empowerment: Samantha Poole from Incubation Nation CIC

Apprenticeship Award: Esthetique Dental Care

Additional awards were also handed out on the night, including This is Us Overall Champion Award, won by Nav Ahmed from Arden University and This is Us Heartfelt Award, won by Jacqui Gavin.

Meena Chander, founder of Events Together, said: “Our panel of judges have reviewed each submission and selected finalists that are helping to shape a more inclusive future. The panellists were seriously impressed with the quality of the entries, remarking them as inspirational, outstanding, and phenomenal.

“The night was a fantastic celebration of D&I, and it was great to see new faces and learn and share in the experiences, initiatives and leadership of businesses and people that are actioning real change.”