Chancellor’s Fellowship Roundtable Workshop – Gender Capital, Leadership and Startups

Evidence shows that the rate on entrepreneurship is rising faster among women than men globally. Overall, men are still nearly twice as likely to be entrepreneurs, and in general entrepreneurship remains to be a man’s world as men get funded, mentored and succeed at a rate that far outstrips what women experience. In general, the continuing glass ceiling and a number of internal biases work against women leading to gendered notions of power, leadership and risk in field of entrepreneurship.

The Round table Discussion event looks at how we promote diversity in entrepreneurship, and to enhance gender sensitisation of start up policies in order to create an effective impact on policy and practice. We start with a focus on gender capital that moves away from concerns for gender differences and investing in differences in feminine and masculine skills as strengths for leadership in entrepreneurship policies is critical to promote diversity particularly in the field of start ups to encourage more women within small business for inclusive growth globally.

Lunch: 1.30-1.45 pm Lunch and networking

1.45 pm Introduction  Dr Shoba Arun

1.50  Welcome, and Overview  -Decent Work, Gender and Enterprise

Professor Julia Rouse, Manchester Metropolitan University

2.25 Dr Rajeev Verma, Chandragupta Institute for Management, Patna, India/ Shoba Arun, MMU, Start Ups in Bihar, India: How does gender matter in policy?

2.45 Dr S Siddharth, IAS, Principal Secretary, Department of Industries, Government of Bihar, India (Skype): Policy in the Making

3.05 Susanna Lawson, cofounder/director of OneFile, and Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce Women in Business: An Insider Perspective

3.25 Debbie Edwards, FD Disruptors, Women in Digital Innovation, Manchester

3.45 Shovita Adikari, Gurkha Entrepreneurship in the UK, the University of Essex


Professor Thankom Arun University of Essex,

Dr Sal Jones, Manchester Metropolitan University

Professor Anandhi Shanmugham, Madras Institute for Development Studies, Chennai, India

 4.05- 4.30 pm: Engaging with Policy: Challenges for Women Led Businesses (Open Discussion, Chair : Dr Sal Jones).

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