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02 October 2023

Purple plaque honours nurse & entrepreneur, Andreia Trigo

Andreia Trigo has been recognised by Innovate UK as a leading female entrepreneur

Rhianna John, Andreia Trigo, Julia Mingay and Professor Mary Malone

King’s alumna, nurse & entrepreneur, Andreia Trigo has had a purple plaque unveiled in her honour at King’s College London. The plaque recognises the prestigious Women in Innovation award Andriea was awarded last year by Innovate UK.

Andreia Trigo is the award-winning founder of Enhanced Fertility and has an MSc Advanced Practice: Leadership from the Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care at King’s. She is part of the King’s20 Accelerator and a member of the Women Entrepreneurs Network.

As part of her award Andreia also received a £50,000 grant which she is using to develop AI software that makes personalised fertility care accessible to all.

The purple plague was unveiled this week as part of an event to inspire the next generation of nursing entrepreneurs. The event was introduced by recent King’s nursing graduate Rianna John who has been working with Andreia as an intern at Enhanced Fertility.

Winning the Innovate UK’s Women in Innovation Award last year was important recognition. I often speak at schools about being a female CEO to encourage young girls into STEM and show them we can be business leaders too. Women need to be taken seriously and we need to be open about our entrepreneurial journeys. Enhanced Fertility is my way of challenging myself, to prove I am good enough and to re-write my story.

Andreia Trigo
Andreia Trigo receives purple plaque

Speaking at the event, Nina Lanzon from the Entrepreneurship Institute said: “Huge congratulations to Andreia on being recognised by Innovate UK with a purple plaque. Andreia is an inspiration to us all. She is a role model for women, an exceptional nurse and clinician, and an outstanding entrepreneur.”

Mary Malone, Vice Dean Education in the Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care added: “Entrepreneurship is a natural progression for nurses and midwives – they are at the forefront of patient care so can identify problems and provide innovative healthcare solutions. They also possess a skill set that will allow them to thrive as business leaders. Nurses and midwives are strong leaders and communicators. They are analytical, resilient, compassionate and passionate about their mission. We hope Andreia’s inspirational journey will inspire the next generation of nurse and midwifery entrepreneurs to apply new ways of thinking to future healthcare challenges.”

The Woman in Innovation awards are part of Innovate UK’s campaign to encourage female-led innovation and inspires other, especially young women, into science, technology, engineering and maths.

The plaque will be displayed in the Nightingale Student Hub in the James Clerk Maxwell Building on King’s Waterloo Campus.

In this story

Mary Malone

Vice Dean (Education) and Professor of Nursing

Nina Lanzon

Head of Communications and Engagement