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 about creating institutional change first and foremost, and 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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Join Nicola Barretto to hear about how to make your marketing more inclusive.
Learn more about female entrepreneurship with Holly Ann Baldwin
The programme aims to inspire change in university engineering departments, so that all students succeed and the unique perspectives and experiences of engineers from diverse backgrounds continue to enhance the profession.
We will be joined by Kathy Cooper (now consultant, previously JLR) for a lunchtime talk on the importance of mentoring, coaching and sponsorship. Kathy will present an overview of the individuals that have influenced her career and her journey, providing insights and tips on how to create and maintain mutually beneficial relationships at different career stages.
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An opportunity to take a critical look at your own leadership style and strengths on this six-week online course
The leading source of institutional capital for female founders raising seed capital with over $3B in enterprise value.
Read how an Oxford alumna went from science to tea business.
A non-profit partnership promoting diversity in Venture Capital.
Supporting female entrepreneurs in the critical early years.
We promote gender equality in STEM subjects by supporting women studying or working in these fields
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An unusual type of network where you could build really good business relationships.
One day personal development workshops for women, organised by the Careers Service
A list of support groups and resources for female entrepreneurs in the UK, compiled by Startups.co.uk
Smart technology for identification and classification of complex liquids in sealed containers.
A diverse Oxford network for aspirational women who deliver
Language Amigo is a new way for students to improve their spoken Spanish by providing an income to LATAM youngsters, too.
A programme of workshops dedicated to women entrepreneurs in health and life sciences.
Empowering Oxford's current and future female leaders and founders to pursue their entrepreneurial purpose.