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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A workshop with inspiration, frameworks and connections which will help innovative business leaders with their strategy and ambitions.
This event welcomes Business Owners, MD’s, Managers, Professional Service Partners and Team Members responsible for Networking, offering an opportunity build valuable business connections whilst enjoying a lovely walk and talk around the stunning Blenheim Palace Grounds.
Sales is all about getting to know your clients & their needs and this masterclass will provide you with tools to generate revenue.
Kellogg Fellow Dr Yasmin Khan will be in conversation with Joeli Brearley. Founder of the Charity: Pregnant Then Screwed About the ...
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An opportunity to take a critical look at your own leadership style and strengths on this six-week online course
Supporting female entrepreneurs in the critical early years.
An unusual type of network where you could build really good business relationships.
Language Amigo is a new way for students to improve their spoken Spanish by providing an income to LATAM youngsters, too.
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.
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Read how an Oxford alumna went from science to tea business.
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One day personal development workshops for women, organised by the Careers Service
A list of support groups and resources for female entrepreneurs in the UK, compiled by Startups.co.uk