Women: Innovation, Technology, Strength

10 March 2021

This event is organised by the Enabling Technologies & Innovation Competences Project. You can visit the official event page here, or check out the details below.

Only 35% of STEM students in higher education and only 23%of STEM workforce in the UK are women. Only one in three UK entrepreneurs is female, and only 6% of UK women run their own businesses.

If more girls stayed in technology and engineering, what would they be designing and creating for our future use? If more more women run businesses, how would this benefit the UK economy ?

Join us for this extraordinary workshop dedicated to International Women’s Day to talk about women in innovation, technology and entrepreneurship, what drives them, and the ideas they bring to life

When? Friday 10h March 2020 10am – 1pm

Where? on-line

Why? Because women deserve new and exciting opportunities. Enabling Technologies project offers support and expertise to small and medium businesses. The project is designed to stimulate innovation and help businesses grow. 

The event hosts –  Debbie Assinder, Enterprise Nation, and Naomi Nash, Tech Nation.

Register here.


10:00 Welcome and ETICC Project Intro 

10:15 Workshop participants’ introduction 

10:25 Siobhan Harper, Shakti Women – Shakti Women is an organisation dedicated to personal and professional development of women.

10:35 Dr Laura Leslie, Associate Professor and Head of the Mechanical, Biomedical and Design Group, Aston University.

10:45 Joan Smith Jintro & Laura Dryhurst The Marketing SmithHaving worked for Business Link and the Chamber of Commerce for many years , Joan Smith has met many hundreds of businesses over the years. She is passionate about helping businesses grow. Laura Dryhurst, Joan’s daughter, heads up The Marketing Smith and helps businesses to craft and mould successful marketing strategies. 

11:15 Debra Anderson That’s Show Business (supported by ETICC project) – Debra is developing a platform to enable creative content sharing.

11:25 Daniela Arias Rivera BBite Foods LTD (supported by ETICC project ). Bbite create healthy and sustainable biomaterials and food ingredients to lead the food industry to a sustainable future.

11:35 Debbie Bandara Forest Tribe Theatre (supported by ETICC project). “A personal perspective: Digital Creativity & Artificial Intelligence – The unspoken challenges”

Forest Tribe Theatre is an immersive theatre company making highly-visual work for all audiences, including neurodiverse audiences and families.

11:50 Faith Walker FLR Group. “Achieving success whatever your beginnings” FLR Group is a flooring company operating throughout the UK.

12:05 Dr Payal Baheti, Materials Research Institute, Aston University.

12:15 Q&A / Open discussion 

12:30 End 

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This workshop has been developed by Enabling Technologies and Innovation Competencies Challenge ETICC project. The project offers support and expertise from an academic team and use of university facilities – laboratories and equipment – for research and development of new products with the application of the key enabling technologies. The project is designed to stimulate innovation in small/medium businesses and help businesses grow. 

Main key areas of project activity are: 

• Photonics (science and technology of light) • Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering • Industrial Biotechnology • Nanotechnology • Advanced Materials • Micro / Nanoelectronics • Digital technologies • Data and system integration .

The £2.8m project is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)