New Course MEETS Women’s Expectations

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A new course, specially designed to meet the skills needs of mid-career female professionals, runs for the first time this month with the support of the Cambridge-MIT Institute (CMI) and Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge.

Women are still significantly less likely than men to start a business or take a role in company innovation. Increasing the number of female-led businesses is recognised as a key challenge facing the UK economy, so the Cambridge-MIT Institute (CMI) has launched a new initiative aimed at giving mid-career women the skills necessary to turn an innovative idea into a succesful business reality.

MEETS is being launched this month at Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge. The course is called MEETS and will run over two weekends: the first on 25 – 27 February, and the second on 15-17 April.

Sponsored by the CMI and the Bank of Scotland, the course aims to provide its participants with the bespoke training and support they require to take leadership roles in innovation in existing companies, or to start their own businesses.

Delegates attending the course will benefit from in-depth seminars on topics ranging from accessing funding and growing support networks, to strategically mapping an entrepreneurial venture. Between the course’s two weekends, delegates will have the opportunity to work with a local organisation on an innovation-related challenge, supervised by Cambridge's business school, the Judge Institute of Management.

The course has attracted some highly successful female entrepreneurs and inspirational business leaders as speakers, including:

·Clare Logie, Director of Women in Business at the Bank of Scotland

·Susan Lucas-Conwell, President and Founder of Clear-Day, France

·Dr Geraldine Rodgers, Biotechnology Manager of the Cambridge University Challenge Fund

·Sherry Coutu, a lecturer in entrepreneurship at the London Business School, and Business Angel

The speakers will share their extensive business experience, allowing delegates to gain invaluable insights into growing a business from idea, to incubation, to exit.

A few places on the course are still available, and bursaries are available subject to individual requirements. For more information and to book on line, please visit: http://www.cambridge-mit.org/meets

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