A GROUP of leading female business figures are set to discuss the Stewart Report next week to mark International Women’s Day. The report’s chair and co-author Ana Stewart will be joined by Professor Eleanor Shaw, Carolyn Jameson, Sarah Ronald, and Vanessa Collingridge to cover some of the main topics from Stewart’s ‘Pathways: A New Approach for Women in Entrepreneurship’ review via a livestream panel on Wednesday 8th March at 1pm.
Ana Stewart said: “Eleanor, Carolyn, and Sarah were three of the many individuals we engaged with during the discovery phase of the review, and each brings a valuable perspective to the narrative around barriers to female entrepreneurship.”
Stewart added: “We have been overwhelmed by the widespread support since the publication of the report and it’s important that we keep the momentum going to ensure the Scottish Government embraces the recommendations.”
Ana Stewart is an Investment Partner with Eos, who previously founded and exited fintech business i-design. Ana is also a Non-executive Director at the Scottish FA, and Bella & Duke.
Professor Eleanor Shaw, OBE is an Associate Principal at the University of Strathclyde with responsibility for the university’s entrepreneurship strategy, and holds board positions with the Chartered Association of Business Schools, the Small Business Charter, and the ScaleUp institute.
Professor Eleanor Shaw commented: “Following the report’s publication, there is a sense of anticipation that something positive might happen. The possibility that the dial might shift through cross-sector collaboration and joined up thinking to create a truly inclusive ecosystem that embraces equity and female founders, indeed all under-represented founders, is an exciting and real possibility. What it now needs is for the Scottish Government to support the report’s recommendations in the same positive manner as it responded to the Scottish Technology Ecosystem Review in 2020.”
Carolyn Jameson, Chief Trust Officer, Trustpilot, who also sits on the board of the Scottish National Investment Bank, is an investment committee member with venture capital firm SEP, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
Sarah Ronaldis the Founder of strategic design firm Nile, an active angel investor, a Scottish Technology Ecosystem Advisory Board member, and holds a number of board positions including with eco startup Pawprint.
Vanessa Collingridge, who is hosting the panel on the day, is a former BBC presenter, and an Associate at Freer Consultancy.
The Scottish Government-commissioned ‘Pathways: A New Approach to Women in Entrepreneurship’, co-authored by Scotland’s Chief Entrepreneur Mark Logan, was published on Monday 20th February.
Next week’s event is being supported by Startup Grind Scotland, Product Forge, Trustpilot, and the Freer Consultancy.
For more information on next week’s IWD event: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pathways-a-new-approach-for-women-in-entrepreneurship-live-iwd-panel-tickets-567902269977