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.

Focus on

Investing in Women-led Start-ups and Spinouts

This webinar is a recording of our event on 'Investing in Women-Led Start-Ups and Spinouts' with Advanced Oxford.'

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 that companies with a woman founder receive and how some companies in Oxfordshire rate in their Gender Pay Gap Reporting.

Research impact

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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 (PDF).