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 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.

How do I participate?
If you’re interested in participating, simply sign up here, and we’ll keep you informed about upcoming opportunities and events.  And don’t forget to join our LinkedIn group!


Here’s some of our favourite resources – use the filters below to further customise your search.

IDEA Programmes & Opportunities

Join one of our key programmes starting September 2021 – we welcome her, him, them, everyone to participate.

Wonder Women

Get inspired by Oxford women (including students) who have started their own startups and social enterprises.

Engaging with Entrepreneurship

Find entrepreneurial activities and opportunities in one place! Open to all Oxford students and staff.

Enterprising Women Programme

Encouraging, inspiring and supporting the participation of female STEM researchers in innovation and entrepreneurship

Equality and Diversity at Oxford

If you’re looking for networks, opportunities, and resources, check out the Oxford EDU website.

Women on Boards Membership

If you have an Oxford email address, take advantage of the opportunities around board training and roles!

What’s On: IDEA Women

Festival of Female Entrepreneurs

Festival of Female Entrepreneurs

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.

Women Entrepreneurs Network Symposium

Women Entrepreneurs Network Symposium

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: An enterprise course by and for women

RisingWISE: An enterprise course by and for women

RisingWISE is an established Oxbridge network inspired by EnterpriseWISE: designed by women, for women and delivered entirely by women.

Female Founder Office Hours

Female Founder Office Hours

On Wednesday 24th November, Playfair Capital will be hosting the 6th edition of Female Founder Office Hours.

Looking for something specific?

Click on the categories below to narrow down your search.

Step Forward

Step Forward

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

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

Female Founders Fund

Female Founders Fund

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

Diversity VC

Diversity VC

A non-profit partnership promoting diversity in Venture Capital.

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.

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.

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

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 ...

WE ACE

WE ACE

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

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: VeriVin

Oxford Case Studies: VeriVin

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

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.

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.

Women Startup Competition

Women Startup Competition

Supporting female entrepreneurs in the critical early years.

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.

Oxford Case Studies – Marulin

Oxford Case Studies – Marulin

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

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.

TechTonic

TechTonic

A diverse Oxford network for aspirational women who deliver

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.

Female Entrepreneur Resources

Female Entrepreneur Resources

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

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