This British Council supported conference invited papers that explore female entrepreneurship. According to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM), Thailand does not only have the world’s highest rate of women entrepreneurship, but it is also one of the only countries in the world where both nascent and established female business owners match their male counterparts. A total of 35 participants, predominantly form Thai and UK institutions spend three productive days to exchange ideas and knowledge in the field of female entrepreneurship. Emphases were placed on analysing the strengths, challenges and business models of female entrepreneurs as well as strategies to promote and support women entrepreneurship.
Applicants and key note speakers
The three-day conference was intended for early-career researchers in UK and Thai academic institutions (Post-Docs and within the first 10 years of their career), although applications from advanced researchers as well as PhD candidates in their final year were also considered. The conference provided participants with workshop-style feedback on their papers, career guidance by senior researchers in the field and opportunity to strengthen UK-Thai research collaborations. Participants also had the opportunity to apply their insights and skills during a practitioner day at Giffarine Skyline Unity Co., Ltd., where they met the successful and famous Thai female entrepreneur Dr. Nalinee Paiboon.
The conference was fortunate enough to host two outstanding keynote speakers, both influential academics in the field of women entrepreneurship and the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor.
Prof. Susan Marlow “Exploring the gender agenda: thinking ahead to future research pathways” Head of Entrepreneurship, Nottingham University Editor of the International Small Business Journal Fellow of the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Holder of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion
“Big data in entrepreneurship: GEDI and GEM” Chair in Technology Venturing and Entrepreneurship, Imperial College Business School Director of the Doctoral Programme at Imperial College London Business School Founding team member of the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor GEM initiative Co-founder of the Global Entrepreneurship and Development Institute Co-author of the Global Entrepreneurship and Development Index
Topics discussed during the conference included, but were not limited to, the following areas:
Cross-cultural studies in entrepreneurship (with a particular focus on comparisons between the UK and East-Asia)
Female entrepreneurship and innovation
Business models and strategies, what we can learn from female entrepreneurs
Policies and practices for women entrepreneurship
Gender, identity and leadership
Evidence on women entrepreneurship from GEM and GEDI
A special thank you goes to the sponsors of the Women Entrepreneurship Conference Bangkok 2015. The conference would not have been possible without the generous support of the British Council and the Thailand Research Fund (under the Newton Fund).
The conference was co-organised by Bangkok University School of Entrepreneurship and Management (BUSEM) and Imperial College Business School, London.