women’s entrepreneurship

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.

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Festival of Female Entrepreneurs

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A one-day entrepreneurial extravaganza!

Attend the event to:

  • Be inspired by entrepreneurial speakers
  • Meet advisers who can help your business growm
  • Attend workshops on topics from social media to sales, international trade and selling to retailers
  • Connect with fellow entrepreneurs
  • Access funding opportunities
  • Spend a day working ‘on’ your business not ‘in’ it!

Keynote Agenda:

10.00am: Welcome, Emma Jones and Joni Farthing

10.10am: Show me the Money!

  • Nicola Horlick, Love Money
  • Sarah Gosling OBE, f-crowd
  • Mike Jackson, Bristol WebStart

10.30am: How I built a franchise business

  • Gabrielle Lixton, Turtle Tots
  • Lee Dancy, Barking Mad

10.50am: How I built an online business

  • Alex Depledge, Founder, Hassle.com
  • Julia Elliot Brown, Founder, Upperstreet.com

11.10am: Coffee & meet stand owners

11.40am: Great Western Powerhouse

12.00pm: Massive milestones…how to achieve your goals – Julie Creffield, Too Fat to Run

12.30pm: Lunch and afternoon business workshops

4.00pm: Drinks and networking

Workshops include:

  • Alison Battisby, founder of Avocado Social – Social media for small businesses
  • Elizabeth Malone Johnstone, founder of Digitise This – DIY SEO for start-ups
  • Nadine Dereza, founder of PS Programmes – Public Speaking Workshop
  • Anis Qizilbash, founder of Mindful Sales – 7 steps to selling anything
  • Crowdcube – Crowdfunding for small businesses
  • Tessa Stuart, packaging and promotion expert – How to get your food brand noticed

Find out more and register at: https://enterprisenation.com/festival

ESRC Finance Seminar Series: Financing women’s entrepreneurship: Options, strategies and outcomes.

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Register now to attend.

There is now some consensus that women do not lack entrepreneurial ability but gendered disadvantages constrain their accrual of entrepreneurial resources to start and grow their ventures.  A key resource in this process being finance; evidence indicates that women owned ventures are under-capitalised at start-up which in turn, has implications for sustainability and scalability.

Within this seminar we will explore the relationship between gender, women, finance and entrepreneurial activity drawing upon presentations from international researchers, practitioners and industry experts. Outlines for PowerPoint presentations from doctoral students and early career researchers to discuss their research around this topic are invited. Please contact Professor Susan Marlow for details.

Date: Tuesday 15th September 2015
Time: 9.15am registration with light refreshments.
The seminar will conclude at 5.30pm with networking and refreshments to follow.
Venue: The Sir Colin Campbell Building, Triumph Road, Nottingham, NG7 2TU.
Admission: Free. Bursaries are available to support travel costs for presenters, doctoral students and ECR attendees.

Find out more about the seminar and register to attend.

Speakers:

Event chair: Professor Susan Marlow, The University of Nottingham.
Keynote speaker:  Professor Susan Coleman, Hartford University, USA.

Visit the website for more information on confirmed speakers and plenary members.

This event is held in partnership with Bournemouth University and the ESRC.