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!


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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

OxLEP Oxford Women Leaders Peer to Peer Group

OxLEP Oxford Women Leaders Peer to Peer Group

A unique accelerated learning space that reaches the parts no training course can address. Peer coaching from those who understand ...

Innovate UK and KTN – Women in Innovation Awards 2021/22 Briefing Event

Innovate UK and KTN – Women in Innovation Awards 2021/22 Briefing Event

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 Enterprise Programme: Open for Registration

SeedWISE Enterprise Programme: Open for Registration

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)

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.

Deadline (13th September 2021): Carter’s Consulting: Women’s Start-up Initiative

Deadline (13th September 2021): Carter’s Consulting: Women’s Start-up Initiative

A world where all women entrepreneurs have the confidence and skills to turn their ideas into great products or services

Whitehall and Industry Group: Women’s Leadership Programme

Whitehall and Industry Group: Women’s Leadership Programme

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. 

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.

Oxford Women Leaders Peer to Peer

Oxford Women Leaders Peer to Peer

Peer coaching for women leaders in an accelerated learning space - Share your ideas and challenges

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.

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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.

Diversity VC

Diversity VC

A non-profit partnership promoting diversity in Venture Capital.

WE ACE

WE ACE

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

Oxford Case Studies – Marulin

Oxford Case Studies – Marulin

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

Female Entrepreneur Resources

Female Entrepreneur Resources

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

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 ...

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.

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.

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.

Female Founders Fund

Female Founders Fund

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

TechTonic

TechTonic

A diverse Oxford network for aspirational women who deliver

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

Step Forward

Step Forward

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

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.

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

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 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.

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.

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