The Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning (CfEL) is offering EnterpriseWISE, a tailored entrepreneurship course 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
This four-day programme takes place on the weekends 26-27 January 2013 and 23-24 February 2013, with study assignments in between.
Women and Entrepreneurship Education
Recent research by CfEL (in collaboration with the Faculty of Education) has shown that mainstream/conventional entrepreneurship education consistently fails female participants who are almost always under-represented in the training programmes in the first place. This is significantly more so in programmes targeted at science, engineering and technology students. On the other hand, there is a strong indication that programmes designed and delivered specifically for women in these target groups could be extremely effective.
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 runs over two weekends to accommodate busy researchers who cannot take time off.