Women and Spinouts: A Case for Action

Principal Investigator(s): Professor Simonetta Manfredi

Contact: smanfredi@brookes.ac.uk

Funded by: EPSRC

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Too few women researchers are leading spinout companies and there has not been enough attention focused on the progression of women researchers at all career stages on the entrepreneurial pathway from research to spinout leadership. Oxford Brookes University in collaboration with the University of Oxford have been funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) under its Inclusion Matters call to undertake a project to identify barriers and enabling factors that exist for women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) in key stages of the spinout process.

Research impact

The Industrial Strategy has set an ambitious goal for the UK to become the most innovative economy in the world by 2030,  to become a ‘science superpower and invest in the science and research that will deliver economic growth and societal benefits’. Increasing diversity among researchers and spinout founders is essential for delivering these objectives.

Read our submission and recommendations to the All-Party Parliamentary Groups Enquiry into Equity in the STEM Workforce here.

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Mentoring event

Supporting women for board success

A free online Zoom event, hosted by Oxford Brookes University on Friday, 16 April 2021, 16:00 to 17:30.

We invite you to join us and hear from our expert panel including members of the 30% club who are leading a global campaign to increase gender diversity at board and senior management levels

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