Untapped Unicorns

Studies have shown that access to finance remains a persistent barrier to female entrepreneurs, yet is essential to enterprise growth. In 2016, The Entrepreneurs Network partnered with Barclays on the Female Founders Forum – a group of some of the UK’s most successful female entrepreneurs, who’ve joined heads to come up with tangible, actionable recommendations for tackling the funding issue. The project’s first report, Untapped Unicorns, outlines how Britain can scale up female entrepreneurship.

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Female Founders Forum: Roundtable 4

The Female Founders Forum, a project we are undertaking in partnership with Barclays, aims to tackle the scale-up gap between male and female-led businesses. This briefing paper covers our fourth and final roundtable in 2016. It addresses exit strategies (in particular IPOs) and includes first hand stories and advice from Emma Sinclair MBE (Co-founder, EnterpriseJungle), Emma Titmus (London Stock Exchange Group) and Lucy Tarleton (Director – UK Capital Markets, PwC).

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Female Founders Forum: Roundtable 3

The Female Founders Forum is a group of inspirational female entrepreneurs who have successfully raised funds to grow their businesses. This briefing paper covers the third in our series of four roundtables, held throughout 2016, which connected FFF members with key figures from within the finance industry, politicians, journalists and aspiring female entrepreneurs. It specifically addresses the barriers to securing later stage (Series B+) investments.

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Female Founders Forum: Roundtable 2

The Female Founders Forum is a group of some of the UK’s most successful female entrepreneurs. This briefing paper covers the second in a series of four roundtables we are co-hosting throughout 2016 as part of our joint-Female Founders Forum project. It specifically considers why female entrepreneurs are much less likely to use private equity or venture capital.

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Parliamentary Snapshot 2016

The Entrepreneurs Network’s Parliamentary Snapshot 2016 follows last two year’s survey of parliamentarians, uncovering MPs views on policies impacting entrepreneurs and providing useful insights on the opinions and working knowledge of the House of Commons. This report was supported by BDB.

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Female Founders Forum: Roundtable 1

The Female Founders Forum is a group of some of the UK’s most successful female entrepreneurs. This briefing paper covers the first in a series of four roundtables we are co-hosting throughout 2016 as part of our joint-Female Founders Forum project. It specifically addresses the initial capital funding stage – covering bank loans, angel investing, crowdfunding, and EIS and SEIS.

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Regional Voices: Yorkshire

This briefing paper is based on the edited highlights of a roundtable discussion. It took place at the Leeds office of PwC with entrepreneurs invested in promoting Yorkshire as a hub for entrepreneurship. Our principal guest was Iain Wright MP, chair of the Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) Select Committee. The ideas presented are designed to feed into his work on the committee, the work of the government in supporting entrepreneurs in Yorkshire, the Northern Powerhouse initiative and wider debates on how to support entrepreneurship across the whole of the country.

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Parliamentary Snapshot 2015

The Entrepreneurs Network’s Parliamentary Snapshot 2015 follows last year’s survey of parliamentarians, this time uncovering the views of the new Parliament on policies impacting entrepreneurs and providing useful insights on the opinions and working knowledge of Members of Parliament in the House of Commons. This report was supported by BDB.

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