SAVE THE DATE – 21-22 Nov 2015: Missing in Action: Women and Digital Enterprise in the UK

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Saturday 21 to Sunday 22 November 2015

Nottingham University Business School

Nottingham, UK

Missing in Action: Women and Digital Enterprise in the UK is an exciting two-day event, bringing together academics and practitioners working in the fields of creative industries and digital enterprise.

What is it about?

A collaboration between the Haydn Green Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Digital Women UK, this ‘thought space’ will allow female digital entrepreneurs and academics to discuss professional challenges and concerns, share insights and learn from each other’s experiences and studies of digital entrepreneurship.

The event’s title, Missing in Action, reflects the fact that although women digital entrepreneurs are working widely in the UK, very little is known about who they are, which communities they come from and which entrepreneurial activities they are engaged in.

For example, statistics show that women of colour in the US are driving growth in entrepreneurial activity, much of which is underpinned by the digital environment. Yet there is no equivalent information about women’s experiences in the UK.

We believe that increasing the visibility and knowledge-base around UK women working in digital will enable us to develop and champion more targeted professional support. This event is one step towards helping to fill het information vacuum.

Who should attend?

If you are a woman who has, or hopes to start, a digital business, or if you are an academic interested in how digital enterprise is affected by issues of gender, then this event is for you.

Benefits for aspiring or existing digital business owners:

  • Keynote talks and masterclass by industry experts
  • Panel and roundtable discussions with other practitioners
  • Skill-building, education and networking opportunities

Benefits for academics:

  • Hear from and connect with practice communities to understand their needs
  • Gain insight for future research agendas and the development of key messaging
  • Unify advocacy work and strengthen drivers for policy change

This much-needed event offers a valuable arena for knowledge-sharing, which will benefit both digital entrepreneurs and academics, and has the potential to help shape future policy and practice in this field.

The final programme and details of how to book will be available by the end of August 2015 and will be posted on both Digital Women UK and the Haydn Green Institute, University of Nottingham’s websites.

Request for Proposals: Seeking New Insights and Potential Sources of New Entrepreneurial Growth: Women

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Deadline: August 15, 2015

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is seeking research proposals that generate knowledge and expertise that can feed joint learning, innovative practices, and evidence-based policymaking for successful entrepreneurship and the financing of entrepreneurial ventures by women (and men).

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • How does women’s entrepreneurship fuel social and economic development, including job creation and gender equality?
  • What is known about the impact and effects of women entrepreneurship promotion (WEP) policies and support programs, especially around high-growth entrepreneurship? 
  • How can private sector and public policy contribute to successful women’s entrepreneurship? 
  • How can entrepreneurial ecosystems support startup, growth, and sustainability of women’s entrepreneurship?
  • What are policies and practices for women’s entrepreneurship promotion? What is the evidence of impact?
  • What are best practices and instruments of private sector development programs that are effective for women entrepreneurs?
  • What are the best practices for empowering women entrepreneurs in the value-chain, and what are the challenges?
  • What works in terms of public and private collaboration and market-driven practices for women’s entrepreneurship promotion?
  • How do we measure policy impact, and what is the return on investment in women entrepreneurs?
  • What impact do policies and practices have on female investor promotion?
  • What should be done about measuring implicit (unconscious) bias against women founders?(experimental research on the gatekeepers and funders)
  • Why does the gender gap persist in obtaining business financing, and does the persistent underrepresentation of women in the financing industry, especially venture capital, play a role?
  • Do women entrepreneurs have better access to the new funding sources, such as crowdfunding?
  • In relation to households and entrepreneurial exits, how do employment and self-employment histories intertwine alongside personal characteristics, such as marriage status, children, human capital, etc.?

More info at: http://www.kauffman.org/blogs/growthology/2015/06/women-call-for-proposals