The GENRE Project

GENRE Partner Meeting Dublin FEB 2020

GENRE Partner Meeting Karlstad OCT 2019

GENRE Kick-Off Meeting in Dublin (21-22/3/19)

The GENRE project had its official kick-off meeting on the 21st/22nd of March, in Dublin. In attendance was Gry Alsos and Elisabet Ljunggren from Nord University, Ulf Mellström from Karlstad University and Sibylle Heilbrunn from Kinneret Academic College on the Sea of Galilee.

GENRE featured in CAMPUS.ie (11/3/19)

A Dublin City University (DCU) led consortium that is addressing the gender imbalance in the Entrepreneurial sector in Ireland, has been awarded nearly €1m in funding.

The project is titled ‘Overcoming the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Gender Divide: A Cross-Cultural Perspective’. The head of the project is Professor Maura McAdam, a Professor of Management and Director of Entrepreneurship in DCU’s Business School.

The team is made up of McAdam and three partners from Israel, Norway and Sweden. The aim of the project is to provide a nuanced understanding of how gender is a decisive factor when it comes to women’s participation in the entrepreneurship ecosystem.

The funding was awarded by the Irish Research Council under GENDER-NET Plus, who are an EU-funded initiative. Their aim is to strengthen networks between researchers from other countries and to support gender equality through institutional change. They gave the project €994,133.

The project is set to last for three years and the work began on March 1st 2019. After the end of year one, outputs from the different stages of the project will start getting published.

With the contributors of the project being from four different countries, there will be a cross-cultural comparison of women’s participation in the entrepreneurial ecosystems in each of the countries.

An entrepreneurial ecosystem is the social and economic environment that affect the local or regional entrepreneurship which helps to promote the creation of new businesses. A healthy inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystem includes four domains, which are density, fluidity, connectivity and diversity of opportunity.

“In all four domains, women’s entrepreneurial activity is underrepresented: the relative share of women in and entering into entrepreneurship is lower than for men,” said McAdam, “women are leaving employment in STEM-based industries, due to a hostile environment, gender bias and glass wall/ceiling effects, reducing their potential entrepreneurial contribution; where networks exist they are not all gender inclusive; and women are significantly underrepresented in what is still a highly masculinised domain.”

It is hoped that this project will increase awareness of gender inequality within the high tech sector, which may lead to more gender equality in the sector and for more women to become successful technology entrepreneurs.

Article published in campus.ie

International Women’s Day 2019- Showcasing GENRE (8/3/19)

It was wonderful to mark International Women’s Day 2019 by showcasing our Irish Research Council funded project GENRE under the GENDER-NET Plus ERA-NET Cofund to Mary Mitchell O’Connor, Minister of State for Higher Education.

The Banbridge Leader- Maura’s project supports women (5/3/19)

An international consortium led by Professor Maura McAdam at Dublin City University, has been awarded €994,133 to help tackle gender inequalities in Ireland’s entrepreneurial sector.

Professor Maura McAdam, who is from Banbridge, will work with researchers from Norway, Israel, Sweden and Ireland on the three-year project entitled Overcoming the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Gender Divide: A Cross-Cultural Perspective to provide an understanding of how gender is a decisive factor in women’s participation in entrepreneurship, with a focus on women in technology.

It will generate new insights and knowledge whilst providing tools to visualise and challenge underlying gender imbalances that inhibit the process of innovation in entrepreneurship. It is hoped that a cross-cultural comparison between the four partner countries will help to explain variations and similarities with regard to gender in entrepreneurship ecosystems.

The funding was awarded under Gender-Net Plus, an EU-funded initiative that aims to strengthen links between researchers in different countries, and support gender equality through institutional change.

Professor Maura McAdam, Professor of Management and Director of Entrepreneurship at DCU’s Business School said: “There is an assumption that all entrepreneurs have equal access to resources, participation and support, as well as an equal chance of a successful outcome. However, my latest research shows that women are underrepresented in successful entrepreneurial ecosystems, and that a persistent gender bias continues to exist in entrepreneurship discourse and practice. I am delighted to take the lead on this project and look forward to working with all of my international colleagues to ultimately help attain gender equality in the entrepreneurship domain in particular and also within broader society.”

DCU gets €1m funding to examine issues affecting female entrepreneurs (2/3/19)

Dublin City University is leading a consortium that has been awarded almost €1 million in funding to help address the gender balance in Ireland’s entrepreneurial sector.

The project, entitled “Overcoming the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Gender Divide: A Cross-Cultural Perspective”, will look at how gender affects women’s participation in the entrepreneurship ecosystem, and will specifically focus on technology.

The funding was awarded under GENDER-NET Plus, an EU-funded initiative that aims to strengthen links between researchers in different countries, and support gender equality through institutional change. GENDER-NET Plus is also promoting the integration of sex and gender analysis into research.

The consortium, which includes researchers from NorwayIsraelSweden and Ireland, is being headed by Maura McAdam, professor of management and director of entrepreneurship at DCU’s business school. The DCU-led research project is a three-year programme.

Insights

The project is intended to provide new insights into underlying gender imbalances in the entrepreneurship sector, while also creating tools to visualise and challenge factors affecting innovation in the sector.

“There is an assumption that all entrepreneurs have equal access to resources, participation and support, as well as an equal chance of a successful outcome. However, my latest research shows that women are underrepresented in successful entrepreneurial ecosystems, and that a persistent gender bias continues to exist in entrepreneurship discourse and practice,” Prof McAdam said.

The inclusion of researchers from different countries will allow for a cross-cultural comparison that could help to explain variations and similarities with regard to gender in entrepreneurship ecosystems and also identify trends relating to gender in technology entrepreneurship despite different political contexts and structures.

DCUBS Professor to lead a new International Research Consortium (19/12/18)

On the 18th of Dec, I was delighted to hear that I will lead a consortium comprising academics from Norway, Israel, and Sweden with a shared commitment to the promotion of gender equality through structural change, as well as to the integration of sex and gender analysis in research.

The consortium has been awarded €994,133, funding over 3-years under GENDER-NET Plus Joint Call on Gender and UN Sustainable Development Goals. The project entitled Overcoming the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Gender Divide: A Cross-Cultural Perspective will provide a nuanced understanding of how gender is a decisive factor in women’s participation in the entrepreneurship ecosystem. In order to achieve this, the project will focus on a specific facet of entrepreneurship and gender: namely women’s technology entrepreneurship and how this relates to femininity and masculinity in different cultural contexts.

A cross-cultural comparison between Ireland, Sweden, Norway, and Israel will thus help to explain variations and similarities with regard to gender in entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem frameworks. The findings generated will inform policy development aimed at inclusivity and sustainability, thus benefiting both women and men.