Workshop: Female entrepreneurship in and around universities

The academic chairs in the Circle U. work package Sustainable Student Innovation organise a two-day workshop in Oslo addressing the issue of female innovators and entrepreneurs in universities and what we can do to support them.

Photo: Jarli & Jordan/UiO

By bringing together invited experts, researchers, students and participants from the ecosystem of innovation in the partner universities, we aim to accomplish the following ambitions:

  1. To provide a better understanding of key challenges in supporting female innovators and entrepreneurs in and around universities, and to share ideas about good practices in supporting entrepreneurship among female academics, students, and alumni.
  2. To jointly develop a research agenda for Circle U. research and development work on female entrepreneurship and student innovation.

The workshop is organised by Professor Taran Thune, academic chair at the University of Oslo and Professor Amélie Jacquemin, academic chair at Université Catholique de Louvain.

Registration deadline: 10 September 2022


26 September
09:00 Welcome to the workshop. Taran Thune
09:15 Supporting female entrepreneurship in universities (introduction to theme and short introduction to the workshop and WP 4.2 project and ambitions). Amélie Jacquemin
10:00 Keynote 1: Entrepreneurship – a woman’s job? Gry Alsos 
11:00 Coffee break
11:30 A social-constructivist approach of doing gender in entrepreneurship. Miruna Radu-Lefebre
12:30 Lunch

Workshop (group and plenary discussions)

Part I: What are important challenges for female entrepreneurs and innovators in universities, and particularly among female students? What issues/questions should we focus on?


Part II: Research in practice – prioritising and developing new projects to investigate challenges for female entrepreneurs in/around universities?

16:30 Summary of the day
19:00 Dinner
27 September
09:00 Panel discussion: Practices of supporting female entrepreneurship in Universities (

Jessica Horwill, King’s College London, Adriana Maria Hansen, Aarhus University, Oslo)

10:30 Coffee break
11:00 Workshop part III: Knowledge needs from a practice perspective (how to do it? Good practices/points of learning)
12:00 Wrap up (what have we learned during the two days and how to implement it)
13:00 Lunch

Doors open for the Circle U. Cafe: Students as entrepreneurs and innovators – how to enable participation and impact.

This is a public event that takes place at Domus Bibliotheca in the City Center.

Published June 20, 2022 2:43 PM - Last modified Sep. 12, 2022 11:14 AM