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.

The Diana International Research Conference 2017, sponsored by the Kauffman Foundation, will be held October 1-3, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri. See Call for Abstracts

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. 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.

Diana International Research Conference 2016

This year’s Conference was hosted by The University of Nordland Business School and Nordland Research Institute in Bodo, Norway. Participants from 12 countries attended the June conference which focused on Gender in Family Business and Gender in Innovation. The Call for Papers resulted in 91 submissions from 27 countries, 50 of which were accepted for presentation.

Keynote speakers and topics included:

  • Deputy director and research professor at ISF Mari Teigen: Norwegian Gender Quotas for Corporate Boards—Effects, Experiences and Evaluation of the Last Decade
  • Professor Siri Terjesen, Indiana University: Board Gender Quotas Around the World
  • Associate Professor Cecelia Bjursell, Jonkoping University: Images of Women in Family Business

See Activities for the Conference’s Best Paper Awards.

The Diana International Network includes more than 400 top scholars from around the world.

2.7% Women CEOs 15% Women Executives

The 8th annual Diana Project International Research Conference was held at Babson College in June 2015, featuring representatives from 18 countries.

Future Conference Host

2018: Bangkok University, Thailand (dates and details to be announced)

Latest News

Just released - Women's Entrepreneurship in Global and Local Contexts.  Written by leading scholars from a wide range of countries, this book advances the understanding of women's entrepreneurship by drawing attention to the contexts in which they operate. 

Babson Releases New Study on Venture Capital Funding for Women Entrepreneurs »​​​​​​​​​​

The Diana Project™

 "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.