STEMM Women, Entrepreneurship and Business Incubation: Latest Research Evidence, Wednesday 6th October 2021, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Online





The relative under-representation of women as entrepreneurs generally, and within the STEMM context specifically, has attracted significant academic and policy interest. The recent Rose Review (2019) suggests the gender gap results in a significant loss to the national economy in terms of financial revenue, innovation and production improvements. Greater numbers of women entering STEMM disciplines and increased start-up provision via Business Incubation environments, such as Incubation Centres and Accelerator programmes, offered hope that the gender gap may improve.

This event draws together the latest research findings in relation to STEMM women’s entrepreneurial activity and their experiences within business incubation environments. These findings are contextualised by an overview of the gender barriers faced by women entrepreneurs in this space. This event will be of interest to those undertaking academic research in the areas of gender and entrepreneurship and/or innovation, commercialisation and spinouts, or business support ecosystems. It may also be of interest to STEMM ECRs considering their future career options and contemplating commercialisation and/or entrepreneurship.

This is a free event but places are limited. To secure you place please email:


2.00 – 2.05 pm Welcome and Introductions Dr Lorna Treanor, University of Nottingham
2.05 – 2.20 pm Intro: Gender and STEMM women’s entrepreneurial activity Prof. Susan Marlow, University of Nottingham
2.20 – 2.45 pm The Current State of STEMM women’s Spin-Out Activity and Reported Challenges in the UK

(Project sponsored by EPSRC)

Prof Simonetta Manfredi and Dr. Heather Griffith
2.45 – 3.10 pm The Role of Women as Business Incubation Environment Managers in Promoting STEMM Women’s Entrepreneurship

(Project sponsored by the British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grants Scheme)

Dr Lorna Treanor and Prof Susan Marlow
3.10 – 3.35 pm Women in Business Incubation Facilities: European Research Findings

(Project Sponsored by the European Research Council)

Prof Maura McAdam, Dublin City University
3.35 – 3.55 pm Panel Discussion/Q&A


4 pm Close Dr Lorna Treanor




* This event is delivered as part of a project entitled: Promoting Women’s Entrepreneurship in Science-related Subjects (PROWESS). The project was funded by the British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grant scheme.  PI: Dr Lorna Treanor, Project number:


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