Empowering enterprising graduates through Diversity & Inclusion: Evolve Conference 2021

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Evolve Conference returns for 2021: Save the Date

Mark your calendars and register to join us at the Evolve Conference: (Enterprise & Entrepreneurship Education) 2021 organised by Brookes Enterprise Support  in partnership with Enterprise Educators UK

The Evolve conference is a collaborative initiative bringing together industry and academia experts from across Oxford Brookes University and beyond. It gives delegates a unique opportunity - to be at the forefront of shaping the development of future leaders through Enterprise Education and Entrepreneurship. 

The broader streams for this year’s conference are diversity and inclusion in enterprise and entrepreneurship education. The conference will explore best practices on integrating an inclusive entrepreneurial mindset into practices that benefit students, HE institutions, workplace, and greater society.  Help shape the vision and priorities for greater inclusion and diversity in industry and the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

We are once again offering an exciting programme with global speakers from industry and academia with their unique perspective to share. The free full day conference will be delivered virtually this year and includes engaging presentations, interactive discussions,  expert panels and opportunities for networking so that you are able to connect with like minded delegates online.  

By attending, you will get an opportunity to: 

  • Help share the vision and priorities for a diverse and inclusive workplace

  • Learn from industry experts and best practise on integrating an inclusive entrepreneurial mindset  

  • Connect with like minded individuals, fuel your passions and foster collaboration

  • Hear from global speakers from industry and academia on practices that benefit HE institutions, workplace, and greater society. 

The innovative keynote speakers at the conference on 22 January include:

The Morning Keynote Session "Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Effectiveness: Development of an Inclusive Mindset" by Gary Stewart, CEO and Co-Founder of FounderTribes will highlight strategies towards the development of a better mindset throughout higher education and industry. Gary will share advice, insights and learnings from his world-class experience in building ecosystems and investing in founders through his new innovative learning platform.

The Afternoon Keynote Session “Changing the Status Quo for BAME Entrepreneurs'' by Professor Monder Ram, Director of the Centre for Research in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship (CREME) is a live Q&A session with BAME founders to share their stories about the difficulties encountered in their entrepreneurial journey due to the colour of their skin. This session will help you with deeper insights into what higher education can do to encourage diversity within their enterprise and entrepreneurship programmes and what support can you as an academic extend towards the aspiring entrepreneurs from the BAME community.

The conference is chaired by Lydiah Igweh, Director of Enterprise Support at Oxford Brookes. She said: 

“Brookes Enterprise Support is honoured to be hosting the Evolve Conference again this year.  We proudly advocate for a more inclusive and representative entrepreneurial ecosystem, nurturing talent and potential and creating a dynamically diverse graduate community.”

The conference will be held from 9:30 AM on 22nd January 2021.

Visit the conference website to view the full agenda and register your place here.

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