IDEA

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.

How do I participate?
If you’re interested in participating, simply fill in this short form, and we’ll keep you informed about upcoming opportunities and events.  And dont foget to join our LinkedIn group!


Here’s some of our favourite resources – use the filters below to further customise your search.

IDEA Women FAQ's

Want to find our more about how you can get involved in the IDEA Women initiative? Read on. . .

Wonder Women

Get inspired by Oxford women (including students) who have started their own startups and social enterprises.

Enterprising Women Programme

Encouraging, inspiring and supporting the participation of female STEM researchers in innovation and entrepreneurship

RisingWISE

Oxford’s joint programme with the University of Cambridge brings together women from academia and industry.

Equality and Diversity at Oxford

If you’re looking for networks, opportunities, and resources, check out the Oxford EDU website.

Entrepreneurship @ Oxford

Looking for a way to navigate the Oxford entrepreneurship ecosystem? Our handy map shows you everything at a glance.

What’s On: IDEA Women

OSEFx 2021 – Oxford Saïd Entrepreneurship Forum

OSEFx 2021 – Oxford Saïd Entrepreneurship Forum

The Oxford Saïd Entrepreneurship Forum (OSEF) is a one-day conference, held annually by the Business School to promote entrepreneurship and innovation.

Rise: Meet the Entrepreneurs

Rise: Meet the Entrepreneurs

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.

International Women’s Day – Leading the race for equality

International Women’s Day – Leading the race for equality

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.

Ask Me Anything : Diana Torgersen

Ask Me Anything : Diana Torgersen

Join us for the first IDEA ‘Ask Me Anything’ event with Diana Torgersen, Venture Investor at Novo Holdings

#ChooseToChallenge: International Women’s Day virtual networking event

#ChooseToChallenge: International Women’s Day virtual networking event

Join us in our virtual world for the biggest IWD networking event and the opportunity to hear from 100 incredible women. #ChooseToChallenge

IWD: Women Innovate

IWD: Women Innovate

Join KTN as they celebrate IWD with a free 1-day conference jam-packed with workshops, inspirational speakers and ground-breaking ideas!

Founder Fireside with Sarah Friar – CEO of Nextdoor

Founder Fireside with Sarah Friar – CEO of Nextdoor

Join Barclays Eagle Labs for a Founder Fireside Chat with Next door CEO, Sarah Friar, to celebrate International Women's Day

Empower Happy Hour: International Women’s Day

Empower Happy Hour: International Women’s Day

Join us in our creative workshop celebrating international women's day and shining a light on female entrepreneurship!

IWD Webinar: A Conversation with Jane Dacre and Helena Kennedy

IWD Webinar: A Conversation with Jane Dacre and Helena Kennedy

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.

‘Extraordinary Stories told by two extra-ordinary women’

‘Extraordinary Stories told by two extra-ordinary women’

Two women from different backgrounds discuss the unexpected challenges brought by the covid-19 pandemic

COMEBACK CONVERSATIONS: How to make an impact

COMEBACK CONVERSATIONS: How to make an impact

Your work comeback covered in inspiring, monthly, 45 minute problem-solving conversations wherever you are, whatever your reason for leave.

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RisingWISE: promoting entrepreneurial spirit amongst women

RisingWISE: promoting entrepreneurial spirit amongst women

A new Oxbridge network fostering long-term relationships between enterprising early-career researchers and women working in industry.

Oxford Case Studies: Language Amigo

Oxford Case Studies: Language Amigo

Language Amigo is a new way for students to improve their spoken Spanish by providing an income to LATAM youngsters, too.

Oxford Case Studies: VeriVin

Oxford Case Studies: VeriVin

Smart technology for identification and classification of complex liquids in sealed containers.

Oxford Case Studies: Pick Me Up Parcels

Oxford Case Studies: Pick Me Up Parcels

Emily Tench bagged a social enterprise award for Pick-Me-Up Parcels, a venture that does what it says on the parcel.

Oxford Case Studies – Marulin

Oxford Case Studies – Marulin

Read how an Oxford alumna went from science to tea business.

The ‘secret’ network that transformed my startup

The ‘secret’ network that transformed my startup

An unusual type of network where you could build really good business relationships.

OXFO L.E.V8 Women

OXFO L.E.V8 Women

Empowering Oxford's current and future female leaders and founders to pursue their entrepreneurial purpose.

Equality and Diversity at Oxford

Equality and Diversity at Oxford

If you're looking for networks, opportunities, and resources, check out the Oxford EDU website.

OxWEST (Oxford Women in Engineering, Science and Technology)

OxWEST (Oxford Women in Engineering, Science and Technology)

We promote gender equality in STEM subjects by supporting women studying or working in these fields

Oxford Women In Business (OxWIB)

Oxford Women In Business (OxWIB)

A thriving student society providing a platform for opportunities for enterprising young women at the University of Oxford.

WeAreTheCity

WeAreTheCity

WeAreTheCity includes gender-related news, a networks directory, calendar of events and conferences, returnships, business schools, inspirational women profiles, HeForShe interviews, giving back and jobs.

Oxford Women’s Leadership Development Programme

Oxford Women’s Leadership Development Programme

An opportunity to take a critical look at your own leadership style and strengths on this six-week online course

TechTonic

TechTonic

A diverse Oxford network for aspirational women who deliver

WE ACE

WE ACE

A programme of workshops dedicated to women entrepreneurs in health and life sciences.

Women Startup Competition

Women Startup Competition

Supporting female entrepreneurs in the critical early years.

Diversity VC

Diversity VC

A non-profit partnership promoting diversity in Venture Capital.

Female Entrepreneur Resources

Female Entrepreneur Resources

A list of support groups and resources for female entrepreneurs in the UK, compiled by Startups.co.uk 

Female Founders Fund

Female Founders Fund

The leading source of institutional capital for female founders raising seed capital with over $3B in enterprise value.

Step Forward

Step Forward

One day personal development workshops for women, organised by the Careers Service

Marja Verbon, cofounder of Jump

Marja Verbon, cofounder of Jump

Marja is co-founder of Jump, an online platform and marketplace helping jobseekers find the right employment, and businesses find the ...

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