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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What’s On: IDEA Women
A unique accelerated learning space that reaches the parts no training course can address. Peer coaching from those who understand ...
Through the Women in Innovation Awards 2021/22, 20 female entrepreneurs will be awarded with a cash injection of £50K each, as well as a bespoke package of business support, coaching and mentoring.
SeedWISE is an enterprise programme born out of the success and demand for our flagship enterprise programme for women postdocs; RisingWISE. Specifically aimed at women DPhil researchers, we have taken the core RisingWISE aims and tailored the course for women at this important stage in their careers.
Coffee with IDEA: Find out more about SeedWISE (for women DPhil researchers in MPLS, University of Oxford)
SeedWISE is an enterprise programme born out of the success and demand for the MPLS flagship enterprise programme for women postdocs; RisingWISE. Specifically aimed at women DPhil researchers, we have taken the core RisingWISE aims and tailored the course for women at this important stage in their careers.
A world where all women entrepreneurs have the confidence and skills to turn their ideas into great products or services
A programme for talented mid-career women with potential for top leadership roles. The participants are either senior managers in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors; senior civil servants (deputy directors and directors): or local government assistant directors and directors.
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.
Peer coaching for women leaders in an accelerated learning space - Share your ideas and challenges
RisingWISE is an established Oxbridge network inspired by EnterpriseWISE: designed by women, for women and delivered entirely by women.
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Supporting female entrepreneurs in the critical early years.
A non-profit partnership promoting diversity in Venture Capital.
A programme of workshops dedicated to women entrepreneurs in health and life sciences.
Read how an Oxford alumna went from science to tea business.
A list of support groups and resources for female entrepreneurs in the UK, compiled by Startups.co.uk
Marja is co-founder of Jump, an online platform and marketplace helping jobseekers find the right employment, and businesses find the ...
Empowering Oxford's current and future female leaders and founders to pursue their entrepreneurial purpose.
An unusual type of network where you could build really good business relationships.
The leading source of institutional capital for female founders raising seed capital with over $3B in enterprise value.
A diverse Oxford network for aspirational women who deliver
An opportunity to take a critical look at your own leadership style and strengths on this six-week online course
One day personal development workshops for women, organised by the Careers Service
Language Amigo is a new way for students to improve their spoken Spanish by providing an income to LATAM youngsters, too.
Smart technology for identification and classification of complex liquids in sealed containers.
We promote gender equality in STEM subjects by supporting women studying or working in these fields
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