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.

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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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Investing in Women-led Start-ups and Spinouts

A free online Zoom event, hosted by Oxford Brookes University on Wednesday, 12 May 2021, 16:00 to 17:30.

We invite you to join us to hear from a panel of experts how we can increase the number of women founding university spinout companies from investors' perspective.

Find out how we can increase the number of investment opportunities which women of founding university spinout companies receive.

Discussion Paper: A snapshot of gender diversity in Oxfordshire innovation/knowledge-based companies

This report provides a snapshot of gender diversity in a sample of 110 companies, including 53 academic spinouts, selected from a list provided by Advanced Oxford of innovation/knowledge-based companies in Oxfordshire. Find out about the gender diversity of their leadership and director teams, the nationalities and average ages of founders, the amount of investment companies with a women founder receive and how some companies in Oxfordshire rate in their Gender Pay Gap Reporting.

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