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INNOVATION FUNDING WINNER! Exploring diverse views on menopause, digital health and AI

Press release: ChangeXtra scoops national award for innovation

ChangeXtra scoops national award for innovation

To explore diverse views aboutmenopause, digital health and AI


·      Innovate UK is delivering a £6.2 million*boost to the UK’s future innovation leaders.

·       233high-potential entrepreneurs from every nation and region of the UK receivefunding and tailored business support.

·       DrClaire Mann, CEO of ChangeXtra, from Nottingham is among the award winners.ChangeXtra is passionate about enabling conversations about the menopause andempowering women through positive change. ChangeXtra are creators of thePausetrack app, supporting women in peri-menopause to self-care. The projectfunded is to explore diverse views of menopause, digital health and AI.


Dr Claire Mann, CEO of ChangeXtra from Nottinghamhas scooped a national award from Innovate UK, the UK’s Innovation Agency. The prestigiousaward will support her to grow her innovative businessidea which aims to ensure digital health is accessible to all and to use AI tohelp women self-care in peri-menopause.


Building on the success of Innovate UK’stargeted programmes, like Women in Innovation and Young Innovators, this latestfunding is designed to find and support the fresh innovation talent the UKneeds.

Dr Claire Mann is among the 233high-potential innovators who has been awarded a grant nationally.


Claire’s idea aims to understand diverseviews of the menopause to make sure her app, Pausetrack, is accessible to allwomen. ChangeXtra will work in partnership with key community organisationslocally, and nationally, such as Black Women in Menopause, This Girl Can, Womenof Wellbeing and Power, and Switch Up, to discuss menopause and maximiseoutreach.


The funding will enable ChangeXtra toexplore what people think about AI in digital health and to explore the ways AIcan be used in Pausetrack to help women to self-care.


‘I am absolutely thrilled to have thissupport from Innovate UK to make sure my app is accessible and useful to womenfrom all communities who might be experiencing symptoms of menopause. Workingin partnership with community organisations who speak to women at a grassrootslevel helps me to really understand what people from diverse communities think.I am really excited to explore innovative solutions and the potential of AI tohelp  all women understand the menopauseand their bodies and enable personalised self-care.’

Dr Claire Mann, ChangeXtra Founder and creator ofthe Pausetrack app

For more information on ChangeXtra and the PauseTrack app, please visit and download the Pausetrack appon [App Store] or [Google Play].

ChangeXtra looks forward to the transformativeimpact this Innovate UK funding will have on women's health. By harnessing thepower of AI and building a more diverse community, ChangeXtra continues topioneer advancements in menopause support, empowering women to navigate thisphase of life with confidence and resilience.


“ChangeXtra’s commitment to advancing women’shealth is reinforced by the support from Innovate UK. Thefunding is an exciting opportunity to revolutionise menopause support,making it more inclusive, personalised, and community-driven.”

Dr Claire Mann, ChangeXtra Founder and creator ofthe Pausetrack app


In line with the UK’s growing appetitefor innovation, this new award programme was amongst the most highly engagedfunding competitions Innovate UK has ever delivered - with over 2,100entrepreneurs applying for funding and business mentorship. There is an urgentneed to transform the UK’s skills and talent pipeline, through inspiring andconnecting people to new opportunities and pathways into innovation. InnovateUK estimates that, to achieve the UK’s full economic potential, 400,000 moreinnovators need to be supported, from entrepreneurs to engineers.


Coinciding with the Awards announcement,Innovate UK has joined forces with over 150 partner organisations to launch itsfree and accessible No Limits digital platform, which makes it easy foraspiring innovators to discover new career paths, sharpen their skills andaccess opportunities to develop life-changing innovations and future-proof theUK economy.


If you’re an aspiring innovator, or abusiness looking to connect with new talent, check out tofind support and inspiration.

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To arrange to speak to the awardwinner, Dr. Claire Mann, please contact:


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About Innovate UK

Innovate UK, part of UK Researchand Innovation, is the UK’s innovation agency. It works to create a betterfuture by inspiring, involving and investing in businesses developinglife-changing innovations. Its mission is to help companies to grow throughtheir development and commercialisation of new products, processes andservices, supported by an outstanding innovation ecosystem that is agile,inclusive and easy to navigate.


Written by

Dr. Claire Mann

Founder of ChangeXtra

I founded ChangeXtra based on my own lived experience of peri-menopause, struggling to work out what my symptoms were and managing the impact on my life. I spent many years researching the topic and want to share what I learned with others.

ChangeXtra is passionate about 'enabling conversations about the menopause' and 'empowering women through positive change'.

I am also an academic, a researcher and trained in data science. I want to support women and collect big data about peri-menopause to inform research, policy and practice.

I have won several national start-up competitions and built the business and app on a bootstrapped approach with no external investment.

I am passionate about the potential to improve lives through awareness raising and research.

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