If you are currently a member of ECSB and would like to be a member of the SIG and of its email list, please send an email to the ECSB Secretariat ( If you are not a member of ECSB, you need to register HERE before you can become a member of the SIG.

Join the Gender and Entrepreneurship LinkedIn group.

The GENSIG co-chairs are Cristina Diaz (Universidad De Castilla-la Mancha) and Helle Neergaard (Aarhus University).

Past activities by GENSIG

GEN track at RENT
XXX Conference in ANTWERP (BELGIUM) – Summary

We would like to express our thanks to everyone who joined us at RENT XXX Conference in Antwerp on November 16th-18th. In total we had 10 papers that made it through the review process to be presented at the conference.

We started with a first session of the track, Gender and co-preneurship, in which four papers were presented, leading to a vibrant debate in the group of researchers who attended the session. The fist paper by Verena, Tegtmeier and Pakura was an experimental analysis undertaken with students to test their ideal image of the entrepreneur and its relation to either male and female stereotypes. The second paper by Díaz-García and Byrne, aimed to test the effect of educational setting within French Higher Education Institutions and its impact on entrepreneurial intention, besides cognitive antecedents, and how gender interplays in this process. Subsequently, Vershinina and Phillips presented a paper that problematized the conception of mumpreneurship, aiming to show the positive construction of it by women who are part of an online community (Mumsnet). Finally, Tegtmeier, Mermili and Terjesen presented a quantitative paper to show how the constructs of Bourdieu’s theory (different types of capital, habitus, micro-climate) influence entrepreneurial creation considered as a continuous (entrepreneurial ladder concept).

Just following this first session, we had the first formal meeting of the GENSIG in an overwelming environment, with a room with more than 30 attendants of both genders eager to push forward the ideas and activities needed to promote the SIG and the development of their members.

On Friday there were two more sessions in which the papers revolved around gender and entrepreneurship. Some of them wanted to add a critical perspective to the analysis. In this line, the paper by Marlow, aimed at rethinking the gender agenda in entrepreneurship, promoting the adoption of a broader conception of gender to advance the understanding. Birkner presented the concept of liminality as one with a positive potential to understanding the bipolar situation of women in entrepreneurship when constructing their identity. Finally, Xheneti presented the socio-spatial differences of transitions from the informal to the formal economy by women in three Nepali regions. In the following session, Nadin exposed how currently (post-recession) media representations of female entrepreneurs presented priviledged women as heroines of enterprise, maskering the structural problems that other women have in attaining such a position to venture. Subsequently Ning, presented the insights of her study on female entrepreneurs in Cameroon, showing their growth and entrepreneurial dynamism. To conclude, Fitz-Coch presented a paper on habitual entrepreneurship and identity construction in farming families.

Upcoming activities by ECSB GENSIG

The ECSB GENSIG would like to become a more active platform for its members to interact and collaborate. We also recognize that there are other networks and SIGS that have a similar agenda. However, the community is still quite small, therefore it makes sense that we join forces for various events so that members get as much benefit as possible and get to know one another across organizational boundaries. Therefore, we have entered into a collaboration with the ISBE GENSIG for the event below.

In addition, GENSIG will organise a track in RENT XXXI Conference in Lund (SWEDEN) 15-17 November 2017.

ISBE-ECSB Confreat 11-13 July 2018 at Aarhuus University, Denmark - Abstract submission by 1 February 2018

ISBE Gender and Enterprise Network Special Interest Group


Call for Abstracts for Confreat

11th-­ 13th July 2018

Aarhuus University

More information on the confreat website.

ECSB in collaboration with ISBE invites both new and more established scholars to attend a forthcoming ‘Confreat’ (conference/retreat) on 11th to 13th of July 2018 at the Aarhus University, Denmark.

The primary focus of this event is to support participants in the development of their working papers for a conference or journal publication. This will mainly take place through feedback on papers and guidance from a prestigious team of established entrepreneurship academics, with both qualitative and quantitative research backgrounds. During the two-day event, participants will:

– Receive personalised feedback and guidance on their working papers.

– Reflect upon the theoretical contributions of their research in the area of gender and enterprise.

– Learn how to write successful grant applications.

– Engage with a unique network of internationally recognised scholars as well as early career researchers in the area of gender and entrepreneurship.

The idea for a confreat emerged from a desire to provide a unique space where the rigour of an academic conference was combined with the supportive and encouraging aspects of a retreat environment. This experience is designed to sharpen your paper-writing skills and help you to develop both academically and professionally. Earlier confreats have received an overwhelmingly positive response from attendees who found them “energising”, “inspirational”, “motivating” and “essential”.  We were really pleased to be able to develop, not only the attendees’ papers but also their networks and collaborative opportunities. This confreat has been designed to support the development of full papers for those aiming to submit to the ECSB RENT Conference and/or Gender Track of the ISBE conference in 2018. However, participants are welcome to submit any paper on which they are currently working, either for a conference or journal submission.

Who should attend: In order to provide quality feedback and a valuable experience this event will be limited to 24 attendees. We are particularly interested in applications from Early Career Researchers (five years or fewer post-PhD), PhD students, and/or academics who wish to build on their current publication trajectory (i.e. aim for higher-ranked journals) in the area of gender and entrepreneurship.

Submitting your abstract: This process involves submission of an extended research abstract. There are no restrictions on the topic areas for the papers, which can relate to any aspect of gender and entrepreneurship/small business. The abstracts will be blind-reviewed by members of the organising committee.

Compulsory Abstract Format (1,000 words maximum). Please note that if you do not meet this format you will automatically be rejected. Abstract needs to include:

Objectives: e.g.  What are the aims of your research? What did you want to find out? Why is this important?

Prior Work: e.g. What previous research has been done on this topic? What are the gaps your work addresses?

Approach: e.g. How did you conduct your research? What methodology and methods did you employ? How did you analyse your data?

Findings/Results: e.g. What did you find out?

Implications: e.g. What does this mean for practice, policy and/ or theory?

Value: e.g. How can others use your research? What is your contribution to theory, practice and/or policy?

Submitting the full paper: Successful candidates will be invited to submit a full paper of approximately 7,000 words by 1st June 2018. Each paper will be reviewed by a senior academic in the field, who will offer individual feedback to the author regarding how to develop their work towards journal/conference submission. Attendees will also be required to offer peer reviews on a small number of papers.

Please submit your abstract to Professor Helle Neergaard, by 1st February 2018.

The Venue: It is really easy to travel to Aarhus (European Capital of Culture 2017) with Ryan Air from Stanstead or SAS (via Copenhagen). Here are also details of really reasonably priced accommodation in the centre of Aarhus CABINN at

Other activities of interest to SIG members

Please, send us information ( of any event/grant/project that you consider of interest for GEN-SIG’s members. Besides this, if you aim to organize a conference on gender and entrepreneurship and you would like to have ECSB as a partner (co-branded event), please feel free to send your proposal.

Webinar: Conquering Borders: Gender, Entrepreneurship and Prosperity – 14:00-15:30 GMT, November 8th 2017

Webinar, 1400-15:30 GMT, November 8th

The Gender and Enterprise Network (Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Special Interest Group) will host an international webinar during the Institute’s 2017 conference.  This webinar aims to conquer some of the political borders that separate the international entrepreneurship community by bringing us together to share and discuss the potential of entrepreneurship in conquering borders through virtual and physical presence.

A panel of gender and entrepreneurship experts will share their research on how entrepreneurs conquer the borders in their minds, as well as the social, political and economic borders that define our present and future.

We encourage you to host / attend a ‘webinar party’ where you gather in a classroom or auditorium at your institution to watch together, so that the content can transcend the physical borders of the conference, and inspire discussion and debate amongst your communities of practice.

Panel Experts

Prof Susan Marlow , University of Nottingham
Gender, Entrepreneurship and Prosperity

Dr Lorna Treanor, University of Nottingham
Overcoming Barriers and Borders: Crowdfunding and Women Entrepreneurs in Northern Ireland

Dr Natalia Vershinina ,University of Birmingham
EU Migrant Family Businesses in Birmingham: Reactions and Responses to Brexit

Dr Haya Al-Dajani, University of Plymouth
Resourceful Arab Refugee Women Navigating Borders in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey

Prof Diane Holt, University of Essex
Women, income generation and borders in the informal economy – A focus on subsistence contexts in Africa

Prof Maura McAdam, Dublin City University
Chair and Discussant

To join webinar virtually on Wednesday, November 8th at 14:00-15:30 GMT, please use the link:

Tweet us at @ISBEGEN and share your experience using the hashtag #isbegen

For technical support please email Rob Edwards at


Edward Elgar gives a 35% discount on all their entrepreneurship books. Please find below some examples of EE books related to gender that might be of your interest.

Women’s Entrepreneurship in Global and Local Contexts
Research Handbook on Gender and Innovation
Research Handbook of International and Comparative Perspectives on Diversity Management

Comments by GENSIG members

If you want to add your comment on the GENSIG initiative send us an email.

Thank you for having promoted the creation of this group. It will certainly be helpful in increasing attention to this issue and encouraging collaboration among gender scholars. Francesca Cesaroni

Università degli Studi di Urbino "Carlo Bo", ITALY