Recent research by the Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning, in collaboration with the Faculty of Education, showed that mainstream entrepreneurship education consistently fails female participants who are almost always under-represented in the training programmes. This is significantly more evident in programmes targeted at science, engineering and technology students. The research also indicated that programmes designed and delivered specifically for women in these target groups could be extremely effective.
EnterpriseWISE is a tailored entrepreneurship programme which has been created by the Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning for PhD and early career women who are working in science, engineering and technology with the express purpose of developing skills, knowledge and confidence. The programme focuses significantly on three things:
- Personal development and increasing confidence in being entrepreneurial
- Highlighting the realities of entrepreneurship for women from STEM subjects
- Building networks of entrepreneurial women
EnterpriseWISE adopts methods that are recognised to raise confidence as well as knowledge and skills like learning-by-doing, learning from others, and provision of role models. The course typically runs over two weekends to accommodate busy women in work.