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 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.
Join us for an evening of collaborative discussion as we continue to build the IDEA community.
Find out how we can increase the number of investment opportunities which women of founding university spinout companies receive
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
The L'Oréal-UNESCO UK and Ireland For Women in Science Rising Talent Programme offers awards from a partnership between L'Oréal UK & Ireland.
Opportunity to Contribute to New Research on Founder Support
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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A diverse Oxford network for aspirational women who deliver
Read how an Oxford alumna went from science to tea business.
An opportunity to take a critical look at your own leadership style and strengths on this six-week online course
A programme of workshops dedicated to women entrepreneurs in health and life sciences.
One day personal development workshops for women, organised by the Careers Service
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We promote gender equality in STEM subjects by supporting women studying or working in these fields
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Supporting female entrepreneurs in the critical early years.
A list of support groups and resources for female entrepreneurs in the UK, compiled by Startups.co.uk
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.
A non-profit partnership promoting diversity in Venture Capital.
The leading source of institutional capital for female founders raising seed capital with over $3B in enterprise value.
Empowering Oxford's current and future female leaders and founders to pursue their entrepreneurial purpose.
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An unusual type of network where you could build really good business relationships.
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