A business academic at the University of Dundee will next month host an event aiming to encourage more ethnic minority women in the city to embrace entrepreneurship.
Dr Norin Arshed, Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University’s School of Business, received funding from the Economic and Social Research Council to bring women from different ethnic minorities together to explore the opportunities and challenges of starting and growing their own business.
‘Empowering and educating ethnic minority women to become entrepreneurs’ takes place at Dundee International Women’s Centre from 10am-1pm on Thursday 7 November. The event will enable attendees to explore entrepreneurship by providing advice, networking opportunities and support.
Dr Arshed, who was earlier this year appointed Independent Advisor to the Scottish Government with a specific remit to help encourage and increase the number of women entrepreneurs in Scotland, will deliver the introduction at the event.
She said, “The event will seek to raise awareness among women from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds in Dundee of how entrepreneurship can improve their economic and social lives. It’s a great opportunity for everyone involved.”
The Dundee event will feature presentations from keynote speakers who will raise awareness of the benefits of entrepreneurship to women, especially for those from an ethnic-minority background.
Business Gateway’s Caryn Gibson will explore the idea of what it means to be an entrepreneur while Angie Foreman, Programme Director of Coca-Cola 5by20 at Women’s Business Station, will provide practical tools and advice on how budding entrepreneurs can begin their journey. Businesswoman Rabia Salimi will talk about her experiences and how other women from diverse backgrounds can also become entrepreneurs in Scotland.
More information about the event, including details of how to book a place, can be found online.
Nobel Prize winning poet and honorary graduate Seamus Heaney has described the University of Dundee as ‘having its head in the clouds and its feet firmly on the ground.’ The ability to be both aspirational and down-to earth and to blend ground-breaking intellectual achievement with practical applications, has given the University its distinctive character.