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

launch of SeedWISE – DEADLINE: Monday 10th October.

The fourth iteration of the successful MPLS Enterprising Women programme SeedWISE has now launched! Are you ...

Investing in Women Scientists: Global Perspectives

This year WEgate Summit panel discussion brings together women investors who are leading change across the globe to support women entrepreneurs.

OxEN Startup Bootcamp 23 – Most Important Questions for Business Strategy

In this talk, Sameer Jagetia will discuss the key questions he thinks about when reviewing an investment pitch or deck. And why every entrepreneur should be thinking about these questions when evaluating their business strategy.

Early Stage Business 2 Day Bootcamp (Deadline to apply: 7 October, 5pm)

Find support & invaluable knowledge from social impact experts to help kick start and grow your business.  The bootcamp runs for 2 days, 20-21 October at The Ark T Centre, Crowell Road, Oxford, OX4 3LN.

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