Study from UK's leading online resource Startups.co.uk reveals hottest start-up prospects with input from entrepreneurs and industry experts.
Lorraine White, Co-founder and Director of menswear brand, Hashtag Collective, was intrigued when she heard that Kojo, known best for being a comedian and radio host, was writing a book and a romance book at that. Above Romance is the new novel out by Kojo and Lorraine White went to meet him to find out more.
The NextWomen Social Entrepreneurship Theme
In India, there is no shortage of talented female social entrepreneurs. Women like Ela Bhatt, who in 1972 founded SEWA, the world’s first and largest trade union for undocumented women workers, as well as Women’s World Banking in 1979 - have been inspiring and leading women for generations.
Hina Shah, founder of The International Centre for Entrepreneurship and Career Development (ICECD), has worked for over 25 years on scaling micro, small, and medium size businesses across 21 states of India.
Estelle Ah-Kiow was lucky enough to catch up with broadcaster Paula Slier.
A new report by Queen's University Belfast outlines that despite being responsible for at least a third of business start-ups – many women in the UK find their plans undermined by a lack of self-confidence and negative attitudes from bank managers and suppliers. The report recommends that training programmes should focus on boosting self-confidence, as well as dealing with the practical and emotional considerations of self-employment.
Patronising advice or true?
Sadly I feel that it is probably true. When I reflected in early January about what resolutions I might make for 2013 I decided that any volunteering energies that I had outside of my own business I was going to focus into supporting upcoming female entrepreneurs.
As the fabulous The NextWomen DWEN Interview Series draws near
its close, we'll be bringing you some of our favourite gems of wisdom
from the series, focusing on certain key subjects. Today we bring you the series' most inspirational quotes.
"As a start-up entrepreneur you have to prove why someone should pay attention to you – whether it’s a customer, prospective employee, banker, investor or business partner.
"But I think the payoff for that downside comes very quickly with the huge sense of accomplishment, gratification and adrenalin rush that making things happen all on your own brings. And ... it’s great to feel that you can be master of your own destiny."
This summer saw some exciting events for women in business; events which focused on acknowledging the rise of the ‘business superwoman’.
With 2015 well underway, an important year in the political calendar, employers are sure to be turning their mind to preparing for any changes set to come in over the next few months. It's clear, if last year is anything to go by, employment law will not remain the same for very long and so there are a number of things that employers should be thinking about as they ring in the New Year.
Last weekend, more than 1000 thought leaders came together to discuss the Economy and Society from a female perspective. Unlike the Davos Global Forum, in Deauville powerful women are in the majority at the fifth international Women's Forum for the Economy and Society. Its motto is:
"Think again, think ahead! It is time for action, change and hope".
There were many international speakers unveiling their ideas on politics, entrepreneurship, economics; a lot of the time about the effects of the financial crisis, but also on the chances and opportunities that it brings. Among the speakers - 17 Rising Talents of 2009 - was Founder of Smarta, Shaa Wasmund.
Some conclusions from the forum were:
Women are Hit Hard by the Financial Crisis
It may be that women-led hedge funds have performed better in the financial crisis than hedge funds run by men - as was one of the conclusions of a Report launched at the Women's Forum - and yet women and girls in poor countries have been hit the hardest by the implosion of banks thousands of miles away.
The developed world has received far more funding to combat the crisis, in comparison to that received by the worlds poorest countries. As a result, women now need similarly large-scale solutions, including access to capital and to larger markets, to combat the crisis.
"The ground has shifted beneath the feet of our business models and social and economic policies”, explains Founder and CEO Aude Zieseniss de Thuin. "The Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society views moments of rupture like this as an opportunity to advance new ideas, technologies and even paradigms for society and the economy. With their male counterparts, women have a key role to play in the process of creating a more resilient future," the Founder of the Women’s Forum said.
Empowering Women makes Financial Sense
Discussed at great length, was the idea that empowering women economically is not just a matter of fairness, but of financial sense.
Exploring the case for therapy as a performance and profit improver in business.