The Global Women Inventors & Innovators Network (GWIIN) is an independent not-for-profit organisation dedicated to assisting and advancing women with bright inventions and innovations so that they can achieve success in the global marketplace.


Established in 1998, GWIIN and its team of experts has helped to shine the spotlight on the creativity of hundreds of women in Africa, Europe, Asia and North America. Working with governments, leading industry experts, voluntary organisations, educational establishments and the private sector, it has held awards events, roundtables and seminars and provided information and guidance to support the women on their journey to success.


GWIIN, founded by Bola Olabisi, was set up in recognition of the challenges that women face in bringing commercially viable products to market. The path to navigating success can be difficult and there are many pitfalls to avoid. GWIIN helps women recognise a clearer path and understand the steps they need to reach their goals.


Many women inventors have become well deserved recipients of Awards by GWIIN and have continued on their journey on to tremendous success.


The organisation also recognises the value in helping women promote their ideas so that other young women will be inspired to follow in their footsteps and consider careers associated with being inventive and innovative.   




GWIIN continually spans the globe to find, reach and help more women on their paths to success.


Key facts and figures


Innovation of process compared to 4.1% women compared to 7.8% of men:

 innovation in the organisation 5.2% of women compared to 6.5% of men:

marketing innovation 9.1% women compared to 10.45% of men (“Evaluation on Policy: Promotion of Women Innovators an Entrepreneurship”, European Commission 2009).


The situation is not much better in academia, where the proportion of female graduates in Engineering, manufacturing and construction is 26% in EU27 (She Figures 2012, European Commission).





Global Women Inventors & Innovators Network identifies priorities and responds to needs:

GWIIN recognises that effective policy goals are needed - such as the transfer of knowledge between the science & business communities & effective support for small businesses as key sources of innovation.

Case studies - a need to draw together and reinforce the power of individual role models & mentors in promoting inventiveness,  innovation & enterprise.

Grass Root Support Providers - a need to strengthen & build the capacity of existing and upcoming support agencies.

Networking Opportunities – a need for a platform to create opportunities for  information exchanges and shared successes & failures.

Research & Development - a need to promote & develop areas of research relating to women in traditional and  non traditional fields of creativity.

Training Initiatives - a need for more relevant & cost effective programmes.


GWIIN addresses the issues & generates benefits by :

  • Increasing the pool of human resources by stimulating wider inclusiveness & the exchange of knowledge in areas of intellectual property rights, access to finance, international trade, equity & commercialisation
  • Creating opportunities for innovative women to benchmark their skills, re-train, re-skill, re-tool & take advantage of current & emerging opportunities.
Intensifying inventive women’s impact on the innovation & knowledge-based sectors. 




Our Services

- Independent Advice
- Training & Information Sessions
- Promotion & Marketing Opportunities
- Personal & Community Development
- Project Development & Management
- Analysis for Researchers
- Investigation & Finding

"Science, engineering and design are crucial to the well being of this country. We need to inspire and empower scientists and engineers, both male and female, to be entrepreneurs - to develop new technology to solve problems. 

This is why the British Female Inventor of the Year Award is a vital initiative, encouraging more women to develop their ideas in the areas of engineering, design, technology and manufacturing." James Dyson CBE, Inventor of the Dyson Dual Cyclone