Enterprise events, training, competitions & International Women’s day

There are several enterprise events coming up in March that may be of interest to anyone working in a STEM/ technology role so thought it might be helpful to post a list. I’m currently working on the Ingenious & Enterprising Women programme and was delighted to find so many complementary events and competitions. If you know of any more that are not on the list then please do let us know!

#IWScot2018   #ScotlandCanDo  #PressForProgress # SUF18 #ConvergeC  #EDGE12

@EquateScotland @BCSwomen @Investing_Women @EclubEDI @ConvergeC

Overview

Training

  • Ingenious & Enterprising Women Careers Programme – application deadline 15th March (Croy)

Events

  • 7th March: The Startup Festival (Edinburgh)
  • 8th March: Ingenious & Enterprising Women Dundee: Networking for Women in STEM careers (Dundee)
  • 8th March: Investing Women Ambition & Growth Conference (Edinburgh)
  • 8th March: Celebrate International Women’s Day with Scotland Women in Technology (Glasgow)
  • 8th March: SWiT and BCSWomen present International Women’s Day (Edinburgh)
  • 22nd March: Ingenious & Enterprising Women Stirling: Networking for Women in STEM careers (Stirling)
  • 28th March: Ingenious & Enterprising Women Edinburgh: Networking for Women in STEM careers (Edinburgh)
  • 28th March: Equate Scotland – Get On Board Seminar (Edinburgh)
  • 29th March: Ingenious & Enterprising Women Glasgow: Networking for Women in STEM careers (Glasgow)

Competitions

  • Scottish Edge competition -application deadline 7th March
  • Converge Challenge – application deadline 29th March

Further details on all of the above are listed in the same order below.

Training

Ingenious & Enterprising Women Careers Programme

The programme is open to all women working in STEM roles in Scotland, from any organisation (e.g. academia, industry, startups) and is supported by the SFC and Scotland CanDo; run through the Universities of Edinburgh & Glasgow. It is a residential careers programme held over three weekends: in April, May and June 2018. Due to the high demand for places, we operate an application process which will close at 5pm on 15th March.  #IWScot2018

Programme dates:

20.04.18 – 22.04.18     Weekend 1 – Creativity

26.05.18 – 27.05.18     Weekend 2 – Cash

23.06.18 – 24.06.18:    Weekend 3 – Control

Application deadline: 5pm, 15th March 2018

 Apply >> 

 

Events

The Startup Festival 

The Startup Festival offers inspiration, networking, knowledge, skills and pitching competitions to entrepreneurs and students who are curious about their potential.

Date & Time: 7th March, 08:30-22:00    

Venue: University of Edinburgh Business School, 29 Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh, EH8 9JS

Registration: Registration page

Hashtag: #SUF18

Description: Through storytelling, films, workshops, tours and debates we are showcasing entrepreneurial DNA across all walks of life, from corporate to community-building projects, including tech, retail, food & drink, finance, creative industries, energy and other sectors.

 

Ingenious & Enterprising Women Dundee: Networking for Women in STEM careers

Date & Time:  Next event: 8th March

Venue: Dalhousie Building, Room 1F06, University of Dundee, Dundee, DD1 5EN

Registration: Eventbrite page

 

Investing Women Ambition & Growth 2018

As a growth aspirational entrepreneur, business angel or a professional in a leadership role; you will hear inspirational speakers, participate in useful master classes and experience the ‘buzz’ of the live AccelerateHER pitch final. Hashtag: #scotlandcando

Date & Time:  8th March, 08:30-22:30

Venue: Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa, 1 Festival Square, Edinburgh, EH3 9SR

Registration: Eventbrite page

Description: By helping Scotland’s growth aspiring women entrepreneurs release their growth potential and position to attract investment and growth capital. Our flagship Catalyst programme brings together women entrepreneurs going for growth with potential new women angels; inspiring growth and creating dynamic new contacts and access to market opportunities. We aim to match the USA in the representation of women in the business angel community; increasing this from 2-22% in Scotland. We know from the USA that this leads to far higher levels of investment and support for growth in women-led companies.

 

International Women’s Day – Celebrate International Women’s Day with Scotland Women in Technology

Date & Time:  8th March, 17:30-20:00

Venue: News Scotland Offices (The Times Scotland), 6th Floor, Guildhall, 57 Queen Street, Glasgow, G1 3ER

Registration: Eventbrite page

Hashtag: #PressForProgress

Description: In partnership with The Times Scotland, Scotland Women in Technology are delighted to invite you to a panel discussion on this year’s International Women’s Day theme, “Press for Progress”, with an inspiring group of women representing not just women in technology but women in business across Scotland.

Our speakers will include Margaret Totten, Jeanette Forbes, Wendy Pring and winner of the 2017 Scotland Women in Technology Lifetime Achievement Award, Shiela Flavell. Each of our speakers will give us a short talk about themselves, and their take on #PressForProgress, and we’ll follow with a panel discussion facilitated by our hosts at News Scotland.

 

International Women’s Day – SWiT and BCSWomen present International Women’s Day

Date & Time:  8th March, 17:30-20:30

Venue: Sopra Steria, Orchard Brae House, 30 Queensferry Road, Edinburgh, EH4 2HS

Registration: Eventbrite page

Hashtag: #PressForProgress

Description: Join us for a panel discussion on this year’s IWD theme, “Press for Progress”, with an inspiring group of women representing some of the Scotland Women in Technology Awards 2017 finalists.

We are delighted that our speakers will include Talat Yaqoob from Equate, Jude McCorry from The Data Lab, and Ilana Munckton from Skyscanner. Each of our speakers will give us a short talk about themselves, and their take on #PressForProgress, and we’ll follow with a panel discussion led by Sharon Moore. The event will also be hosted by Employer of the Year finalist, Sopra Steria.

 

Ingenious & Enterprising Women Stirling: Networking for Women in STEM careers

Date: 22nd March, 3pm-5pm

Venue: Court Room, Cottrell Building, University of Stirling
Speakers: Dr Claire Neil and Professor Sandra Adams
We hope that you can join us for one of our national networking events for the Enterprising & Ingenious Women Scotland programme. Designed specifically for women working in STEM roles, this networking event is open to all women of all career stages who are interested in reflecting on their careers and building their networks.
Ingenious & Enterprising Women Edinburgh: Networking for Women in STEM careers
Date: 28th March, 4pm-6pm
Venue: Codebase, Castle Terrace, Edinburgh
Speaker: Sharon Moore, IBM
We hope that you can join us for one of our national networking events for the Enterprising & Ingenious Women Scotland programme. Designed specifically for women working in STEM roles, this networking event is open to all women of all career stages who are interested in reflecting on their careers and building their networks.

Equate ScotlandGet On Board Seminar

Date & Time: 28th March, 16:00-19:30  

Venue: St Andrew’s House, Regent Road , Edinburgh, EH1 3DG

Registration: Eventbrite page

Description: For women working in science, engineering, technology or construction:

Are you looking for an opportunity to develop yourself and your career? Wanting your voice to be heard whilst making a real difference? Keen to expand your network, build your experience and develop your skills? Then a position on the Board of a public body could be just what you are looking for.

Public bodies are involved in a huge range of activities, from specialised areas such as crofting or legal aid to education, sports, tourism, health and social care. In Scotland, regulated public bodies are responsible for spending over £13.5 billion of public money each year. Boards are most effective when made up of people from different backgrounds with different skillsets. It’s therefore critical that our public bodies reflect the whole of our society. To achieve this, they need to get applications from a broader range of people with new ideas and perspectives.

 

Ingenious & Enterprising Women Glasgow: Networking for Women in STEM careers

Date: 29th March, 12.30pm – 2.30pm

Venue: Sir Charles Wilson Building
Speaker: Dr Margaret Anne Craig, CEO Clyde Biosciences

We hope that you can join us for one of our national networking events for the Enterprising & Ingenious Women Scotland programme. Designed specifically for women working in STEM roles, this networking event is open to all women of all career stages who are interested in reflecting on their careers and building their networks.

 

Competitions

 

Converge ChallengeConverge brings together the most ambitious and creative thinkers from academia, research & business. The Converge Challenge competition is an annual

Deadline: 29 March 2018 (5.00pm)

Hashtag: #ConvergeC

Description: Converge Challenge is the leading, pan Scotland, company creation programme for staff, students and recent graduates of Scottish Universities and Research Institutes with the aim of creating a new generation of entrepreneurs in Scotland. The ambition and goal of Converge Challenge is to create sustainable profitable companies and help Scotland grow as a CAN Do competitive economy by giving students and staff commercial skills to bring new products and services to market.

 

Scottish Edge

Leading competition for ambitious entrepreneurs. Scottish EDGE provides finance & support to some of Scotland’s most innovative & brightest start up businesses.

Deadline for applications: 7th (March 14:00)

Hashtag: #EDGE12

Description: The #EDGE12 deadline is fast approaching! Get your application in by 7th March for your chance to secure up to £150,000 in business funding.

 

By

Dr Joanna Young

(Director at SciEditCo; also consulting for the Ingenious & Enterprising Women Scotland Programme.)

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