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EnterpriseWOMEN appeals to a wide range of women with entrepreneurial ambitions. The programme focuses on inspiring foundation in early-stage entrepreneurship based on real-world practical guidance and information.

Women are innately creative, yet the great reserves of entrepreneurial potential we possess remains under-nourished. There are very real barriers to female entrepreneurship: being able to secure funding for our ideas; access to networks to help us get going; and the importance and influence of our family and the expectations this brings to bear on our business aspirations. EnterpriseWOMEN aims to spark a fresh enthusiasm and business confidence to encourage the next generation of female entrepreneurs.
Dr Rebecca Myers ARCS, Head of Entrepreneurial Learning Programmes & Engagement at the Entrepreneurship Centre and Director of EnterpriseWOMEN

Upcoming programme

12 May 2018 EnterpriseWOMEN Part 1 Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge
9 June 2018 EntepriseWOMEN Part 2 Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge

What is the format of EnterpriseWOMEN?

EnterpriseWOMEN runs over two Saturdays and concludes with a networking dinner on the second evening. The programme for Saturday 12 May starts with registration at 09:00 and closes at 20:00. The programme for Saturday 9 June starts with registration at 09:00 and closes after the networking dinner at 21:00.

Day Programme
Sat 12 May Sessions include:
  • Women in Work & Academia
  • Barriers and Expectations
  • Entrepreneurship & Great Ideas
  • Building the Right Mindset
  • Role Models
  • Receptivity, Listening & Communication
  • Negotiation & Getting More
Sat 9 June Sessions include:
  • Creativity & Innovation in Cambridge
  • Customers & Business Models
  • Women-led Teams
  • Getting Funded
  • The Art of Pitching
Sat 9 June Celebration and networking dinner
All the participants come together at a closing dinner to celebrate their participation and learnings from the two days.

Who is it for?

EnterpriseWOMEN participants

EnterpriseWOMEN is open to women of all ages across the University of Cambridge including MPhil and PhD students, postdoctoral researchers, junior research fellows and other early or later stage career women. We will happily consider applications from women at other academic institutions. There will also be places for women in industry from across the Cambridge ecosystem who are keen to develop their entrepreneurial business ideas.

Practical information


Please apply for EnterpriseWOMEN by completing the online form.

We recommend applying as soon as possible as there is a strict limit on the number of places available. We will make offers to applicants on a rolling basis until the programme is full. This could happen before the deadline.

Please note that it is very important for the dynamics of the programme that on acceptance of your place you will be expected to attend for the full day on both dates. We will notify you as soon as possible if your application has been accepted.

The deadline for applications to the upcoming programme is 17:00 on Friday 4 May 2018.


The fee for attending both days is as follows:

  • £70 for current University of Cambridge graduate students (MPhil and PhD)
  • £100 for current University of Cambridge postdoctoral researchers, academics and other staff
  • £150 for current graduates, academics and postdoctoral researchers from other institutions
  • £750 for a business rate

This fee includes all sessions, lunch, refreshments and a dinner that are provided as part of EnterpriseWOMEN.

Graduate students: the fees should not be a limiting factor. Should you be unable to secure assistance with contributions from your college or conference allowance, please let us know in your application as we may be able to provide a small number of bursaries. Email for more information.


We provide refreshments and lunch on both Saturdays as well as a networking dinner on the second Saturday.

Terms & conditions

Terms and conditions apply. Please email to find out more.


Those travelling from outside Cambridge will need to arrange their own travel. Find out more about travel directions to the School, including parking advice

Parking around Cambridge city centre can be difficult and expensive. Park & Ride services run from five locations around the city. Visit the Park & Ride website.


The programme will be delivered at Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge. Please let us know if you have any accessibility needs.


The next EnterpriseWOMEN (formerly EnterpriseWISE) programme will take place on 12 May and 9 June 2018, Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge.

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Contact us

Tel: +44 (0)1223 765329