This is a collection of tools informed by our project research findings and designed to support institutions and women researchers to develop inclusive academic entrepreneurship. They are free to use and to download but please acknowledge this project as a source. If you use them we are interested to hear about your feedback.
This document provides a detailed description of the activities used in our focus group workshops with ECRs. This methodology can be adopted to investigate the attitudes and interest of early and mid-career researchers from underrepresented groups towards academic entrepreneurship and generate data that can be used to develop bespoke interventions.
This desk-based review was conducted in order to identify existing good inclusive practice and highlight examples of information and guidance for researchers considering or pursuing an entrepreneurship path.
The findings from our research with women founders highlighted the importance of finding ‘relatable mentors’. These are women who have successfully created a spinout willing to share their experiences with o0ther women researchers going through the process of spinning out or thinking about commercialising their research. A speed-mentoring event could be an effective way of facilitating networking with 'relatable mentors'. Read here about our speed-mentoring event and mentors tips for spinout success.
Our findings show that there can be different pathways to spinning out a company from university research. The journey often starts with a patent, but not in all cases. There might be intermediate steps to commercialisation such as consultancy and licensing. Public funding, such as grants provided by Innovate UK, can offer a helpful financial springboard at the early stages of the process. From the experiences of women and men founders that we have both directly interviewed and undertaken background research on, we have identified a few examples and highlighted key steps which illustrate such diversity.
In this podcast, we are joined by Dr Judie Gannon, Senior Lecturer in the International Centre for Coaching & Mentoring Studies (ICCaMs), to explore how mentoring can be used in the spinouts ecosystem to encourage more women to be involved in innovation and feel supported in their spinout journey.
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- The Academy of Medical Sciences: Mentoring
- European Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring
- STAMINA Mentoring Network
- Scottish Mentoring Network
- European Mentoring and Coaching Council
- University Women in the Arts Mentoring Scheme
- Check out the new podcast series from University of Oxford on 'Oxford Women in Computing: An Oral History
In this extended podcast, we are joined by Dr Edward Cole, IP and Commercialisation Manager and Lydiah Igweh, Enterprise Support Manager at Oxford Brookes University. This podcast explored the ways in which the university innovation landscape in the UK can be made a more inclusive space for everyone, as well as highlighting the opportunities available for enterprise and innovation here at Oxford Brookes.