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
2021 marks 10 years of the festival and we are so excited to celebrate with you, in the beautiful city of Bristol! Festival of Female Entrepreneurs is one of our favourite Enterprise Nation events. Founded in Bristol a decade ago, we just love meeting hundreds of female founders to share ideas, collaborate and get inspired by incredible speakers sharing amazing insights for starting and growing a brilliant business.
Through our programme of skills, workshops and community we have worked to provide access and a network of support to women entrepreneurs throughout the King's community and wanted to share our findings and best practice.
RisingWISE is an established Oxbridge network inspired by EnterpriseWISE: designed by women, for women and delivered entirely by women.
On Wednesday 24th November, Playfair Capital will be hosting the 6th edition of Female Founder Office Hours.
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One day personal development workshops for women, organised by the Careers Service
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.
A non-profit partnership promoting diversity in Venture Capital.
Empowering Oxford's current and future female leaders and founders to pursue their entrepreneurial purpose.
We promote gender equality in STEM subjects by supporting women studying or working in these fields
Marja is co-founder of Jump, an online platform and marketplace helping jobseekers find the right employment, and businesses find the ...
A programme of workshops dedicated to women entrepreneurs in health and life sciences.
An unusual type of network where you could build really good business relationships.
Smart technology for identification and classification of complex liquids in sealed containers.
If you're looking for networks, opportunities, and resources, check out the Oxford EDU website.
Language Amigo is a new way for students to improve their spoken Spanish by providing an income to LATAM youngsters, too.
Supporting female entrepreneurs in the critical early years.
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.
Read how an Oxford alumna went from science to tea business.
A diverse Oxford network for aspirational women who deliver
A list of support groups and resources for female entrepreneurs in the UK, compiled by Startups.co.uk