MK Innovates

About The Event

MKInnovates was set up in 2017 by the  Women Leaders UK charity as a mechanism to engage more girls and women into STEM. 

A format was decided by which exciting organisations in Milton Keynes and the surrounding region were invited to take an exhibition space in Middleton Hall CentreMK and showcase the types of jobs and courses girls and women seeking a new career could aspire to attain. 

Over time we have expanded our reach to all students and all adults seeking a change of career, especially targeting the underrepresented areas such as females, BAME, those from less privileged areas, disabled, and neurodiverse.

The MK Innovates STEM Festival 2023, was held on 12-13 October at Unity Place, Santander, 200 Grafton Gate, Milton Keynes, MK9 1UP. This event was a unique opportunity for organisations specialised in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). offering STEM enhancement and enrichment to the targeted audience from the community, schools and colleges. showcasing technology and career types available for adults specifically towards women and younger audiences.

They had the chance to:

Discover their next talent among the targeted audience.

Showcase their technology and current job offers.

Network with other exhibitors and make valuable connections.

Learn about the latest industry trends and developments.


With our wider reach in social media, collaborations, and partnerships with other community-based organisations, we expanded our visibility of the event to a wider audience. This helped sponsors and exhibitors showcase their technology, careers, and services, increase STEM awareness, and communicate their key message to a more receptive audience.


About the event:

This year, with the support and dedication of our exhibitors, sponsors and volunteers, we delivered an inspiring and impactful STEM Festival 2023.


Event Format


Day 2

We had students from schools, age range 5-18, their teachers and their parents meeting industries and professional experts in STEM. Organisations were asked to provide activities that support their STEM aspirations, encouraging students to perceive the type of opportunities and jobs that are available to them and can pursue in the future.

Our Exhibitors

 Santander – NatWest – Thames Valley Police – Oracle Red Bull Racing – Women Leaders UK – NiftyLift Ltd –

Cranfield University – MK Dons – Lorine – Impellum – LOM Architecture and Design – DX Luxoft – HORIBA UK –

South Central Institute of Technology – MK:U – Queensbury – Anglian Water Services – Hoare Lea – ABB Robotics – MKIAC –

ASK DT – REAS Group – FDCO Services – Network Rail – MK Fawcett’s – MK Doughnut Economics Group –

Voices of Women UK – The Athena Swan Group of the OU – Tesla – University of Bedfordshire – Amey Limited –

Barclays Business Banking – Cranfield Eagle Lab – Ramtech Consultant – NHBC


Speak to us about creating opportunities and to help our Milton Keynes city community build 

long-lasting positive impacts for a better future at our next event!

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