The transition to a net zero economy is a chance to do things differently. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity to do the right thing not just for our planet but for our people and communities to build a fairer, more equitable society and improved living standards. At the heart of our project is the ambition to break down the barriers that hold diverse innovators back better through leading a Just Transition and forging a new economy that works for everyone with the potential to deliver a £100 million boost to the UK Economy (Time to Change Report 2022)
MIAH is led by a Black female founder with lived experience of the very real challenges faced by minority ethnic businesses who want to engage with the innovation ecosystem and contribute to technological advances. It’s this ‘lived experience’ that drives our passion, purpose and dedication to deliver systemic change.
MIAH will make it easier for diverse innovators of all backgrounds to receive the innovation support and investment they need to scale up in capacity, competency and contribution.
MIAH will strengthen links between the city region’s centres of research excellence, innovation assets, and investment funding mechanisms to open up new opportunities for under-represented groups and left behind communities. All our partners are committed to recruiting and employing people from a diversity of different backgrounds, and across all age groups in the workforce. We will ensure that all communications and recruitment are compliant with Manchester Innovation Activity Hub’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion policy as the lead
The partners also recognise the fact that people from financially disadvantaged backgrounds are also statistically at greater risk of not achieving their full potential and endeavour to take steps to redress this imbalance.
In summary, we are passionate about levelling up through innovation, driving economic recovery that puts local people and communities first, embraces the benefits of diversity, rebalances inequalities, creates lasting resilience, supports the move to net zero carbon and rethinks productivity.