Research & Discovery

Research in women entrepreneurship, gender inclusivity and inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystems

Our research is focused on a critical ambition.

To gain a robust academic foundation from which to design more inclusive academic and non-academic entrepreneurship education and support programmes to enhance the inclusivity of regional entrepreneurial ecosystems and female entrepreneurs’ embeddedness.

Five Objectives

The 5 objectives of our Research and Discovery phase are


To understand the current state of research on (women) entrepreneurship in higher education (HE), gender inclusivity, and inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystems


To identify the current state of gender-inclusivity of academic and non-academic entrepreneurship education and support programmes offered in each region


To identify and analyse good practices for embedding women (graduate) entrepreneurs in regional entrepreneurial ecosystems across Europe through entrepreneurship support programs


To identify regionally embedded female role models in each partner region to be involved in toolbox development, testing and implementation


To design the research instruments to track and measure the performance of the toolbox (prototypes) for innovative and inclusive entrepreneurial learning approaches and building bridges between HEIs and the broader entrepreneurial ecosystem


Good Practices Report

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Prepared by AUASMUAS and MTU on behalf of the Women Entrepreneurs in Regional Inclusive Entrepreneurial Ecosystems (WeRin)  Erasmus+ Knowledge Alliance this Good Practices report provides a cross-practice analysis of 12 good practices that foster an inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystem in Europe. The analysis is based on input from five different regions in Europe: Germany, Turkey, Ireland, Croatia, and the Netherlands.

Literature Review

93 papers reviewed between 2012-2021

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Drawing on the scientific and policy literature published in the past ten years, we present the most comprehensive insights into entrepreneurship education developments and entrepreneurial ecosystems that have a specific focus on gender inclusivity. Armed with this expansive Literature Review, our research team, led by AUAS with partners UNIZG, ITU, FH Münster, MTU, identified the particular drivers and barriers of gender inclusivity of entrepreneurship and how both curriculum/programme developers and participants have responded.

Role Model Profiles

As part of the WeRin research & discovery phase, we are delighted to showcase successful female role model entrepreneurs already embedded in the regional ecosystem.

By highlighting tenacious, ambitious and resourceful female entrepreneur role models and sharing their realistic advice on how they are succeeding, despite existing barriers, we take a step to strengthening female graduate entrepreneur inclusiveness. Check in over the coming weeks as we add more.

Regional Scans

There is a need for more inclusive approaches in entrepreneurship. In these five regional scans women’s entrepreneurship is analysed within the context of inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystems. The reports present a comprehensive analysis of the degree of inclusivity of key entrepreneurship education and support programs offered by the academic and non-academic partners in the regions of Germany, Ireland, Croatia, Turkey and the Netherlands.