Women and enterprise

21 02 2008

A round-up of a number of recent news stories featuring women and enterprise in the week of the PROWESS Conference:

NCGE recently published the analysis of applicants to the 2008 Women’s Flying Start programme.  The data on why women want to start their own businesses,  gathered from the applicants to the NCGE’s most successful programme, reveals the motivations and backgrounds of would-be entrepreneurs.

The British Female Inventor and Innovator of the Year Award (BFIIN) is an annual award that aims to recognise and promote the success stories of women in the UK that have come through the challenges of turning an idea into reality. Previous Award winners discuss their motivations and inspiration in a Guardian article “Meet the mothers of invention“.  The 2008 Awards ceremony will be held in Wales during March 10-11. 

The Prowess Awards 2008 are now open for nominations. These unique awards honour individuals from across the business community who are changing the face of UK enterprise by championing female entrepreneurship.  New categories this year include the Social Entrepreneur category supported by the Office of the Third Sector and the Ethnic Minority Business Woman Award supported by the Women’s Enterprise Centre of Expertise (WECOE) and Advantage West Midlands. Nominations are invited from across the UK and the closing date is Friday 11 April.

The Social Enterprise Coalition has named a leading female social entrepreneur, Claire Dove as Coalition Chair. Ms Dove is CEO of Blackburn House Group, a training-led organisation which runs a number of social enterprises which provide career opportunities for women in non-traditional sectors such as construction and IT.




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