The Diana Project

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, Diana International ​​provides a platform for researchers to develop, conduct and share a global research agenda. We are an international community of scholars dedicated to answering questions about women entrepreneurs and growth oriented businesses.

Diana International Research Conference

Babson College, Wellesley, MA, June 8-9, 2015

Theme: Women Entrepreneurs in Ecosystems

Established in 1999 by Professors Brush, Carter, Gatewood, Greene and Hart - in partnership with ESBRI, Stockholm - the Diana Research Project has led the research agenda in women’s entrepreneurship across continents, cultures and contexts. Through the years, Diana conferences have brought together scholars from 16 countries worldwide, providing a platform to share a global research agenda dedicated to asking and answering questions about women entrepreneurs and their growth-oriented businesses. For the first time, the 8th Diana International Conference will be held in the U.S. at Babson College. This conference will be hosted by Professor Candida Brush, Professor Patricia Greene and Professor Susan Duffy, co-chairs of the event.

We invite papers that broadly fit with the overarching theme of impact, and seek contributions based on rigorous research that explores the impact of women’s entrepreneurship in ecosystems, as well as the influences of ecosystem factors on women entrepreneurs. Papers exploring all levels of ecosystems, the macro, meso or micro levels, as well as ecosystem factors including resources, culture, institutions, policies and regulations, industries and how they influence and are influenced by women entrepreneurs are welcome. Submitted papers may be conceptually or empirically based, and employ quantitative or qualitative methods.

The 2015 Diana International Conference will take place just before the Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference (June 10-13, 2015). Submissions of abstracts are welcome beginning September 26, 2014, and will close December 31, 2014.

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Sponsored by:
The Arthur M. Blank Center, Babson College
The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership, Babson College
Kauffman Foundation
Bentley University

In partnership with: ESBRI, Stockholm, Sweden

Thank you for attending the Diana Conference 2015.

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 "Women Entrepreneurs 2014: Bridging the Gender Gap in Venture Capital" Executive Summary

Babson has unveiled the findings of a new study on venture capital funding for women entrepreneurs and ways venture capitalists can capitalize on the significant gender gap that persists.