The Diana Project™ engages in research activities, forums and scholarship focusing on women entrepreneurs and their growth.

Given the vital importance of women entrepreneurs for wealth creation, innovation and economic advancement throughout the world, the Diana International ​​Research Conference provides a platform for researchers to develop, conduct and share a global research agenda. Brand new to the agenda in 2019, Babson College's Center for Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership is launching Impact Day, a global convening of the vital stakeholders who are dedicated to changing the landscape of financing women entrepreneurs. 

Companies with women CEOs receiving less than 3% of VC funding is a statistic that has not changed enough in the past decade. Luckily, inroads are being made to advance women founders in more creative ways. 80 scholars from around the world will attend the first two days of the Diana International Research Conference, dedicated to the presentation of academic research related to women’s entrepreneurship. On day three, Impact Day, an additional 100 action-oriented stakeholders are expected to join, making this convening the first of its kind. The ability to identify areas of synergy and progress, while documenting key gaps in the funding and acceleration of women founders, is vital if we are to continue making progress.

Diana International Research Conference
June 2-4, 2019 at Babson College, Wellesley, MA

The Diana International Research Conference brings together more than 100 scholars worldwide, providing an annual forum to share global research dedicated to asking and answering questions about women entrepreneurs and how they grow their ventures.

Diana International Impact Day
June 5, 2019 at Babson College, Wellesley, MA

The Diana International Research Institute Impact Day is the first global convening of investors, accelerators, policy-makers, researchers, women entrepreneurs, and other disrupters who are dedicated to changing the landscape of financing women entrepreneurs. Join us at the culmination of the annual Diana International Research Conference to collectively explore practical solutions, develop best practices in acceleration and funding, and generate needed policy solutions to leverage one of the largest economic opportunities of our time.

We expect three outcomes:
1. A first time convening of partners in women-focused venture funds and accelerators/incubators to discuss best practices
2. Ideas in motion - connecting women entrepreneurs, researchers and investors around financing for women entrepreneurs
3. A report summarizing new models for financing women entrepreneurs

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Call for Conference Proposals: 2020 and 2021

We invite proposals from Colleges and Universities wishing to co-sponsor and host the 2020 or 2021 Diana International Research Conference. See Call for Proposals for full details.

Diana International Research Conference 2018

July 31-August 2, 2018 at Bangkok University, Thailand

Established in 1999 by Professors Brush, Carter, Gatewood, Greene, and Hart—in collaboration with ESBRI, Stockholm—the Diana Research Project has led the research agenda in women’s entrepreneurship across continents, cultures and contexts.

The 2018 Diana International Conference will take place from July 31 to August 2, 2018 at Bangkok University, Bangkok, Thailand. Papers accepted for this year’s conference build on the theme: Women’s Entrepreneurship and Culture. See DIANA CONFERENCE 2018 for further details.

Diana International Research Conference 2017

Babson co-sponsored the 10th Diana International Research Conference, hosted by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City, Missouri, October 1-3, 2017. Seventy scholars, representing 18 countries, attended the conference, which was opened by Wendy Guillies, President and CEO of the Kauffman Foundation, and included a gala dinner at the Nelson Atkins Museum. This year’s theme was “Women Entrepreneurs and High Growth Businesses”. The Call for Papers resulted in 93 submissions by authors from 27 countries and, after a double-blind review process, 42 papers were accepted for presentation. Top papers from this conference will be published in a special issue of the Journal of Small Business Management.

The Diana International Network includes more than 500 top scholars from around the world.

2.7% Women CEOs15% Women Executives

Open post doc positions in entrepreneurship and gender at Nord University, Norway

Nord University Business School, Bodø, Norway, invites applications from outstanding candidates for a three-year postdoctoral research fellowship in entrepreneurship and gender. Please visit this site for more details on the position.