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.
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What’s On: IDEA Women
EPIC Pitch Night will feature top 10 Oxford Saïd Entrepreneurship Project teams to present their work to a panel of judges.
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.
Join our first discussion of the #InnovatorsInIndustry series as Shirley Chen talks about #GlobalHealthInvestment post-pandemic.
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A programme of workshops dedicated to women entrepreneurs in health and life sciences.
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.
Marja is co-founder of Jump, an online platform and marketplace helping jobseekers find the right employment, and businesses find the ...
A non-profit partnership promoting diversity in Venture Capital.
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 list of support groups and resources for female entrepreneurs in the UK, compiled by Startups.co.uk
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.
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
One day personal development workshops for women, organised by the Careers Service
A diverse Oxford network for aspirational women who deliver
Read how an Oxford alumna went from science to tea business.
Supporting female entrepreneurs in the critical early years.
Language Amigo is a new way for students to improve their spoken Spanish by providing an income to LATAM youngsters, too.