Monday, October 14, 2013

To Infinity and Beyond - The Future of Women’s Entrepreneurship: The Policy-research Interface

A Gender and Enterprise Network Special Interest Group (GEN SIG) Event

Time: 1030 for 11am start to 5pm 
Date: Monday 11 November 2013  
Location: Cardiff City Hall


·         To share current research and policy perspectives in relation to women’s entrepreneurship
·         To identify gaps in knowledge and understanding
·         To inform the future research agenda

Overview:  On a worldwide stage, the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor 2012 Women’s Report again highlights both growing numbers of women moving into entrepreneurship and the increasing contribution of women entrepreneurs to economies around the world but also the continued under-representation of women starting up businesses and, more significantly, the greater gap between the number of male and female led established businesses.  At UK level, the Women’s Business Council Maximising women’s contribution to future economic growth 2013 report indicates that women-led SMEs contribute around £70 billion to the economy but contends there could be 1 million additional women entrepreneurs if the rates of women who set up and run businesses were equal to those of their male counterparts.   There are calls for both general and targeted actions including the need for diverse female role models, increased confidence among women in their skills to run a business, improved access to business networking, mentoring and the perennial debate around lack of access to finance.  Against this background, the GEN SIG To Infinity and Beyond - The Future of Women’s Entrepreneurship: The Policy-Research Interface event   promises to be important for researchers, policy makers and business owners.  It provides an opportunity to come together and reflect on how policy interventions may be supporting (or constraining) women’s entrepreneurship and to identify gaps and challenges to be addressed in future research and in policy development.


1030                  Arrival, registration and tea/coffee with networking
1100                 Welcome and introduction to the event – Event Host, Christine Atkinson, Deputy Director, Centre for Enterprise, University of South Wales and Manager, Women Adding Value to the Economy (WAVE)
Welcome from the Gender and Enterprise Network Special Interest Group – Dr Julia Rouse, Manchester Metropolitan University
Welcome from the Women’s Enterprise Policy Group UK – Maggie O’Carroll, Chair of WEPGUK  and Chief Executive Officer, The Women’s Organisation
1130                  Regional and Country Perspectives on the current context of women’s entrepreneurship, policy implications and impact and gaps in knowledge and understanding
                           1130       UK and English Regions Perspective – Maggie O’Carroll
                           1150       Welsh Perspective – Bev Pold, Theme Leader for Enterprise and Project Innovation Manager, Chwarae Teg, Holder of Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion
                           1210       Scottish Perspective – Jackie Brierton MBE , Women’s Enterprise Scotland Managing Director and Policy Director
1230       US Perspective: 25 years since the Women's Business Ownership Act – Julie Weeks, President and CEO of Womenable 
1315       Lunch and networking
1430                  Thematic  Parallel ‘Roundtable’ Discussions: Perspectives on Women’s Entrepreneurship and Policy Implications
·         Finance, attitudes to money and earnings among women entrepreneurs – Christine Atkinson
·         Business family interface – Dr Julia Rouse
·         Education and Training – Julie Weeks and Jackie Brierton
·         Role Models, Networking and Mentoring -  Maggie O’Carroll
·         Micro Enterprises - owned by women, ignored in policy – Clare Brindley, Professor of Marketing and Entrepreneurship, Nottingham Trent University
·         The Rural Dimension – Dr Izzy Warren-Smith, OBE,  Harper Adams University and Founder Director WiRE
·         Science, engineering and technology – Bev Pold
1600       To Infinity and Beyond – our future research agenda 
1700       Close

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