Impact Investment Symposium: Changing the Dial - How Female Entrepreneurs Access Financing

Hosted by:  Impact Investment Symposium
Wednesday 08 May 2024 | 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM



Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86589465101?pwd=SlNhWWRPbm5ObXUxdTdmVkppcEczUT09⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

Changing the Dial: How Female Entrepreneurs Access Financing

Join us for a dynamic online Impact Investment Symposium dedicated to exploring the transformative power of investment in expanding financial access for female entrepreneurs. Led by Mary-Jane Browers, Treasurer of Castle Community Bank, this symposium showcases a distinguished panel of leaders who are at the cutting edge of enterprise practice and policy.

Our panel features:

•             Professor Lynne Cadenhead, Chair of Women Enterprise Scotland.

•             Professor Colette Henry, Head of the Department of Business Studies at Dundalk Institute of Technology.

•             Dr Claudia Duffy, Founder and CEO of Innovare-IP.

•             Beena Sharma, Co-Founder and CEO of CCU International, a spin-out from Sheffield University.

These thought leaders will offer deep dives into effective strategies, personal experiences, and impactful insights on securing financial support, navigating the challenges of fundraising, and celebrating the achievements of female entrepreneurs who have prospered through innovative financing models. Whether you are an investor, entrepreneur, or advocate for gender equality and diversity, this symposium will equip you with essential knowledge and expand your networking opportunities to support and advance women in business. Join us to contribute to an ecosystem where female entrepreneurs not only survive but thrive.

For learning more about becoming a member of the Impact Investment Symposium, please reach out to Dr. Wendy Wu, the Founder of the Impact Investment Symposium Contact: W.Wu2@napier.ac.uk

The Impact Investment Symposium 

The Impact Investment Symposium was launched in April 2020. It aims to create meaningful connections, spark collaborations, and develop understanding between investors, philanthropists and social entrepreneurs. The Impact Investment Symposium grew out of longitudinal research (since 2012) on Scottish institutional impact investors and Edinburgh Napier University’s entrepreneurial spirit. It has formed a distinct arm of the School's applied Covid-19 Support to the business community. 


After consultation, the Symposium agreed the following objectives: 

• Champion impact investment and social enterprise in Scotland. 

• Increase investment in businesses which seek to make a positive social or environmental impact. 

• Provide a platform for impactful collaboration. 

• Cultivate viable and scalable business models for social enterprise.

• Support social enterprises affected by COVID-19.