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 forget to join our LinkedIn group!


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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

Application Deadline: RAEng Scale Up Accelerator

Application Deadline: RAEng Scale Up Accelerator

The Scale Up Accelerator supports individuals in leadership roles within high-growth engineering and tech SMEs with a £10,000 training grant, six months of leadership coaching, business support and more. Applications from engineers and non-engineers are welcome – anyone who is a senior decision-maker, such as a founder or MD, and has ambitious plans to scale their SME, should apply.

Building the IDEA Community

Building the IDEA Community

Join us for an evening of collaborative discussion as we continue to build the IDEA community.

Investing in Women-led Start-ups and Spinouts

Investing in Women-led Start-ups and Spinouts

Find out how we can increase the number of investment opportunities which women of founding university spinout companies receive

APPLICATION DEADLINE: OxFO Entrepreneurial Fellowships

APPLICATION DEADLINE: OxFO Entrepreneurial Fellowships

Apply online to our fellowships: deadline 14 May.

APPLICATION DEADLINE -The 2021 L’Oreal – Unesco UK and Ireland For Women in Science Rising Talent Programme

APPLICATION DEADLINE -The 2021 L’Oreal – Unesco UK and Ireland For Women in Science Rising Talent Programme

The L'Oréal-UNESCO UK and Ireland For Women in Science Rising Talent Programme offers awards from a partnership between L'Oréal UK & Ireland.

Application deadline: Opportunity to Contribute to New Research on Founder Support

Application deadline: Opportunity to Contribute to New Research on Founder Support

Opportunity to Contribute to New Research on Founder Support

AIM Day in Women’s Health

AIM Day in Women’s Health

An Academic Industry Meeting Day (AIMday) is an innovative networking event that allows external organisations to set the agenda and gain academic perspective into industry challenges.

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TechTonic

TechTonic

A diverse Oxford network for aspirational women who deliver

Oxford Case Studies – Marulin

Oxford Case Studies – Marulin

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

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

WE ACE

WE ACE

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

Step Forward

Step Forward

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

Oxford Case Studies: VeriVin

Oxford Case Studies: VeriVin

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

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

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.

Women Startup Competition

Women Startup Competition

Supporting female entrepreneurs in the critical early years.

Female Entrepreneur Resources

Female Entrepreneur Resources

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

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.

Diversity VC

Diversity VC

A non-profit partnership promoting diversity in Venture Capital.

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.

Female Founders Fund

Female Founders Fund

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

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.

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.

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 ...

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.

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.

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