Virtually ISBE: State of the Art Reviews of Evidence on Women’s Entrepreneurship: Building Back Better for Women’s Entrepreneurship in Covid19, Tuesday 20th April – 10am – 12.30pm


Tuesday 20th April – 10am – 12.30pm

ISBE’s Gender and Enterprise Network are pleased to invite you to our upcoming webinar on Women’s Enterprise policy.

The first part of the event draws on a set of State of the Art (SOTA) reviews focused upon women’s entrepreneurship. Commissioned by the Enterprise Research Centre, written by gender and enterprise experts and edited by Professors Julia Rouse and Susan Marlow, these SOTA reviews explore how the UK might develop an enterprise ecosystem that better supports women to develop successful, rewarding and sustainable businesses.

Published in March 2020, before the full effects of the COVID-19 pandemic hit, these reports nevertheless provide important evidential foundations, context and reflection points to support the development of women’s enterprise in the current uncertain business environment.

The second part of the session considers the impact of COVID-19, and related Government policy responses, upon women entrepreneurs and women-owned businesses, setting out useful policy directions to assist women entrepreneurs with post-Covid business recovery.

This event is FREE to ISBE/ECSB members.  There is a £25 registration fee for non members.
(If you are unsure if you are currently an ISBE member please email

To register for this event please click here.

A Zoom link for the webinar will be sent out to registered participants on 13th of April.

Webinar Overview

10.00-10.10 Welcome and introduction

Professor Susan Marlow (University of Nottingham)

10.10-10.25 Is time up for the hero male entrepreneur? A review of enterprise discourse and its effects

Dr Lorna Treanor. University of Nottingham (co-authors Dr Sally Jones and Professor Susan Marlow)

10.25-10.40 How does gender shape entrepreneurial resources and practices?

Professor Julia Rouse, Manchester Metropolitan University

10.40-10.55 What do we know about ethnic and migrant women entrepreneurs?

Professor Haya Al Dajani, MBS College, Saudi Arabia and Professor Natalia Vershinina, Audencia Business School, France (co-author Maria Vallares-Verela)

10.55-11.10 Is expanding women’s self-employment a good thing?

Professor Susan Marlow, University of Nottingham (co-authors Dr Angela Martinez Dy and Professor Dilani Jayawarna)

11.10-11.30 Coffee Break
11.30-11.45 Bios, mythoi and women entrepreneurs: A Wynterian analysis of the intersectional impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on self-employed women and women-owned businesses.

Dr Angela Martinez Dy, Loughborough University, London (co-author Professor Dilani Jayawarna)

11.45-12.00 Explaining Gaps in Covid19 Support for Women Entrepreneurs: When Patriarchy and Neoliberalism Collide

Professor Julia Rouse, Manchester Metropolitan University

12.00-12.15 A Hopeful Direction? The Women’s Enterprise Policy Group

Professor Julia Rouse, Manchester Metropolitan University and Dr Lorna Treanor, University of Nottingham

12.15-12.30 Q&A and Close

Dr Sally Jones, Manchester Metropolitan University






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