IDEA

IDEA (Increasing Diversity in Enterprising Activities) is a set of long term and sustainable actions and interventions aimed at addressing inequalities in entrepreneurship.  While the University of Oxford is a leader in innovation and entrepreneurship, and has committed to supporting entrepreneurship (as detailed in the Strategic Plan 2018-23, the KE Strategy, and Innovation Strategy), there are still inequalities in the entrepreneurship ecosystem which need to be addressed.  IDEA is currently focussing on gender, with an aim to broadening the scope as the programme develops.

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 in 2020 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

Entrepreneurship OBN presents EPIC Pitch Night!

EPIC Pitch Night will feature top 10 Oxford Saïd Entrepreneurship Project teams to present their work to a panel of judges.

Business: The next 25 years – Dr Bourla in conversation with Prof Dopson

Dr Bourla, Chairman and CEO of Pfizer will be in conversation with Interim Dean, Professor Sue Dopson. They will discuss the story of his career, how he steered the iconic company through the greatest public health threat in a century and how the lessons of Covid-19 are already reshaping the industry.

Masterclass in Leading Collaboration – Bringing people together to achieve the extraordinary: Tues 21st June 2022 (In person)

In this course we look at what neuroscience has taught us about how to collaborate.

INNOVATORS IN INDUSTRY

Join our first discussion of the #InnovatorsInIndustry series as Shirley Chen talks about #GlobalHealthInvestment post-pandemic.

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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 ...

Female Entrepreneur Resources

Female Entrepreneur Resources

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

TechTonic

TechTonic

A diverse Oxford network for aspirational women who deliver

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.

Women Startup Competition

Women Startup Competition

Supporting female entrepreneurs in the critical early years.

Female Founders Fund

Female Founders Fund

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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: 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.

Oxford Case Studies – Marulin

Oxford Case Studies – Marulin

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

WE ACE

WE ACE

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

Diversity VC

Diversity VC

A non-profit partnership promoting diversity in Venture Capital.

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.

Step Forward

Step Forward

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

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