IDEA (Increasing Diversity in Enterprising Activities) is a new initiative from the University of Oxford, designed to tackle some of the key challenges and inequalities faced by groups who are currently vastly underrepresented in enterprise and industry across the world. The first in a suite of IDEA initiatives is aimed at empowering, inspiring, connecting and upskilling more women leaders, business founders and pioneers.
Why do we need this?
The playing field is not, and has never been, level. Globally, women hold fewer than a quarter of senior leadership positions, and last year less than 2% of European tech investment capital went to female founders. The UK government’s 2019 Alison Rose Review highlights gender inequalities throughout the entrepreneurial life cycle, showing that women entrepreneurs are at a disadvantage every step of the way. We need to act now to change this picture for current and future generations of women, and to create the conditions that will enable significantly more women to become leaders and entrepreneurs.
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What’s On: IDEA Women
The Oxford Saïd Entrepreneurship Forum (OSEF) is a one-day conference, held annually by the Business School to promote entrepreneurship and innovation.
This is the perfect opportunity to network with some of the brightest BAME entrepreneurs in the industry today. Our inspirational panel speakers, who are emerging entrepreneurs, will take attendees on a journey to learn about what it means to be a modern-day creative.
Each year, the Diversity Festival and the Institute of Gender Studies collaborate for an amazing International Women’s Day event. Join us as we welcome Baroness Valerie Amos, Master of University College Oxford.
Join us for the first IDEA ‘Ask Me Anything’ event with Diana Torgersen, Venture Investor at Novo Holdings
Join us in our virtual world for the biggest IWD networking event and the opportunity to hear from 100 incredible women. #ChooseToChallenge
Join KTN as they celebrate IWD with a free 1-day conference jam-packed with workshops, inspirational speakers and ground-breaking ideas!
Join Barclays Eagle Labs for a Founder Fireside Chat with Next door CEO, Sarah Friar, to celebrate International Women's Day
Join us in our creative workshop celebrating international women's day and shining a light on female entrepreneurship!
Our featured speakers will include Professor Dame Jane Dacre, Chair of the Mend the Gap report on gender pay gaps in medicine in England, and Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, who is currently chairing an independent review of diversity in the College’s professional leadership.
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