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#EACHFOREQUAL

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2020


CELEBRATING WOMEN AT THE OXFORD FOUNDRY

For International Women’s Day 2020 hear from 10 of our inc


credible Foundry women.


ANA BAKSHI DIRECTOR, OXFORD FOUNDRY

“Institutions like ours are critical to building more female founders and encouraging more women to take leadership roles. It is our duty and responsibility as a worldleading institution to offer women a platform that will enable them to develop their entrepreneurial purpose. �


ARLAN HAMILTON FOUNDER, BACKSTAGE CAPITAL AND OXFORD FOUNDRY HONORARY ADVISOR

“For me, it’s simple: I want people of every gender and color to see themselves represented in the world of start-ups. I believe that you have to be your biggest champion, you have to be a hero for yourself. You can’t leave it up to others to do so.”


HELEN RILEY CFO AT GOOGLE X AND OXFO L.E.V8 WOMEN AMBASSADOR

“The economic and societal impact of empowering the next generation of female entrepreneurs and leaders is deep, far-reaching and self-sustaining.”


JENNY TOOTH OBE CHIEF EXECUTIVE, UK BUSINESS ANGELS AND OXFO L.E.V8 WOMEN AMBASSADOR

“Encouraging more women entrepreneurs, and increasing their potential to obtain investment is paramount – I believe it will have enormous positive economic impacts.”


DID YOU KNOW? Only 6% of UK women run their own businesses, compared to 15% of women in Canada, almost 11% of women in the US, and over 9% of women in Australia and the Netherlands

- Just 8.6% of all UK women surveyed said they plan to start a business in the next three years, compared to 14.3% of men

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- Less than 1% of UK venture funding goes to all-female teams and just 4% of deals

- Only 39% of women are confident in their capabilities to start a business compared to 55% of men

Reference: The Rose review of Female Entrepreneurship 2019


#EACHFOREQUAL


MEHAK MUMTAZ CO-FOUNDER OF ILOF OXFO L.E.V8 ACCELERATOR COHORT 3

“Entrepreneurship is a long journey, and being able to share that with other women who are in similar situations, makes it sweeter. Being able to bounce ideas off each other, share our individual struggles. It feels like being part of a family where everyone is rooting for each other.”


ALICE CURRY FOUNDER OF LANTANA PUBLISHING OXFO L.E.V8 ACCELERATOR COHORT 2

“As the founder of a women-led business, I’m excited and proud to celebrate International Women’s Day and to recognise the growing number of female founders who have taken risks in their careers, followed their passions, and dared to dream big.”


TRACEY DENTON-CALABRESE CO-FOUNDER OF GO_GIRL:CODE+CREATE OXFO L.E.V8 WOMEN COHORT 2

“Through participating in L.E.V8 Women, we know that go_girl:code+create can really make a difference in the lives of marginalised young women by increasing their digital skills and their confidence, and enabling them to become selfsufficient and socially mobile.”


DRAGANA SAVIC CO-FOUNDER OF CARNTROL OXFO L.E.V8 WOMEN COHORT 2

“The number of high calibre mentors, and established and successful advisors I met through L.E.V8 Women helped me form a tangible business plan with clear next steps. The continued contact with fellow female founders, even after the programme, means we have established a wonderful network of friendship and support.”


SNEHA RAMSHANKER PHYSICS UNDERGRADUATE, PEMBROKE COLLEGE PRESIDENT OF OXRAM SOCIETY

“Coming into university, I knew I wanted to get involved with entrepreneurship so I attended as many Foundry talks and events as I could. These events really helped me gain better clarity about leadership and entrepreneurship, and offered a fantastic opportunity to dive deeper into these realms and gain first hand experience.”


SOFIA VERKHOTUROVA PPE UNDERGRADUATE, HERTFORD COLLEGE CO-PRESIDENT OF UNBOX SOCIETY

“Our aim is to make entrepreneurship accessible to everyone by launching a network-based society to inspire students to develop their understanding of innovation, disruption and entrepreneurship in all its contexts.”


#EACHFOREQUAL Register your interest for our L.E.V8 Women programme https://www.oxfordfoundry.ox.ac.uk/oxfo-lev8-women

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International Women's Day at the Oxford Foundry  

For International Women's Day 2020, hear from 10 of our exceptional Oxford Foundry women students, founders, advisors and mentors.

International Women's Day at the Oxford Foundry  

For International Women's Day 2020, hear from 10 of our exceptional Oxford Foundry women students, founders, advisors and mentors.