Who is EnterpriseWOMEN for?


We’re recruiting for our first programme that will run April to October 2024.

If you are a female researcher (PhD, postdoc, research staff) at the University of Cambridge, or another institution or company, with some entrepreneurial experience and looking to polish your skills or launch your business idea, then EnterpriseWOMEN is for you.

If EnterpriseWOMEN is the first entrepreneurial learning programme you’re considering, you would be better equipped to join us after undertaking another access programme such as EnterpriseTECH.

Who is it for?

EnterpriseWOMEN offers access to its programme through 3 distinct pathways, each tailored to where you are on your entrepreneurial journey. You’ll most likely be a female researcher or staff member at the University of Cambridge or other institution or company and looking to connect with a women’s enterprise network in Cambridge.

Crafted to accommodate these pathways, either as a full programme of workshops or drop-ins, we aim to ensure women from various backgrounds and stages of their entrepreneurial endeavours can find the support, resources, and connections they need to succeed.

Women are innately creative, yet our great reserves of entrepreneurial potential are often under-nourished. There are real barriers to female entrepreneurship such as securing funding for our ideas and accessing networks to help us get going. EnterpriseWOMEN aims to help women lead their business forward with confidence and enthusiasm.

Dr Rebecca Myers ARCS, Head of Entrepreneurial Learning and Engagement, Cambridge Judge Entrepreneurship Centre

Women’s pathways

Pioneer Women

For those in the early phase of their entrepreneurial journey.

You may fit here if you identify as one or more of these:

  • Having a strong interest in entrepreneurship, attended or currently attending programmes like EnterpriseTECH or Venture Creation at CJBS, or other University of Cambridge initiatives like iTeams, BioSpark, Impulse, or external programmes like Carbon13 Venture Builder, ConceptionX, or EF.
  • Involved in early-stage commercialisation in science and technology.
  • Seeking further knowledge, skills, mentorship, and guidance to support the ideation process or early-stage development of your business idea.

Verger Women

For those underway in building their business.

You may fit here if you identify as one or more of these:

  • Actively exploring entrepreneurial opportunities for your nascent business idea, such as new networks, a co-founder, funding opportunities etc.
  • Focused on refining your idea, seeking specialist mentorship and resources.
    • On the verge of founding your company, but have some missing elements you need help to piece together.

Founder Women

For those who have founded their business and are in the early stages of development.

You may fit here if you identify as one or more of these:

  • Looking for specific skills, resources, networking or mentorship tailored for established early-stage entrepreneurs.
  • Would like to be a role model or mentor for others in the programme.