On the 12th March the ERC joined forces with the ISBE Gender and Enterprise Network and welcomed over 60 delegates to The Shard for an event focusing on ‘What Next for Women’s Enterprise Policy?

Although there has been a rise in women’s self-employment in recent years, women are still much less likely to found or grow a business than men. Through a series of presentations and discussions we explored how the UK might develop an enterprise ecosystem that supports women better to develop successful, rewarding and sustainable businesses.

The speakers included the authors of a set of five special SOTA reviews focusing on female entrepreneurship published by the ERC during the week after International Women’s Day, edited by Professors Julia Rouse and Sue Marlow.  The event raised a range of crucial issues on what is a complex policy puzzle, arguing for a wider, gender-aware definition of what makes a good enterprise ecosystem.

You can access the slides from the event here and the 5 special issue SOTA reviews are available here