Gender and university spinouts in the UK: Geography, governance and growth


This report provides an overview of the UK spinouts landscape from a gender perspective. It is part of a wider project, funded by the EPSRC’s Inclusion Matters programme, looking at the participation of women scientists, engineers and mathematicians in university spinout companies. The results examine sex-disaggregated data on the geography, governance and growth of these university spinout companies. The findings of this report are timely and important since little is known about spinouts from a gender perspective. This is despite evidence that women are greatly underrepresented on patent applications (14% according to Elsevier), spinouts are overwhelmingly founded or co-founded by men (Jarboe et al), and women only make up one in three entrepreneurs more generally (Rose Review). Addressing women’s underrepresentation in spinout companies is thus not only a matter of social justice, but could also address a critical element of the UK’s Industrial Strategy, which aims to increase business and growth through research and innovation. 

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Griffiths, Heather
Humbert, Anne Laure

Oxford Brookes departments

Oxford Brookes Business School


Year of publication: 2019
Date of RADAR deposit: 2020-07-03


EPSRC (ISNI: 0000 0004 0394 8681) : Promoting Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in University Spinout Companies - A case for Action (EP/S010734/1)

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