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 2020!
October 19-20, 2020 at IPAG Business School Campus de Nice, France

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.

Learn more about the Diana Conference and read about the call for papers, here.

Diana International Impact Day - SOLD OUT
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.

Read more about Impact Day, here.

The 2019 Diana International Impact Day is now sold out.

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News and Postings from the Academic Ecosystem:

Call for Chapter Proposals!

Women's Entrepreneurship & Culture

Expressions of Interst due by July 1, 2019
Emailed to (instructions below)

Edited by:
Ulrike Guelich, Bangkok University, Thailand
Amanda Bullough, University of Delaware, USA
Tatiana Manolova, Bentley University, USA
Leon Schjoedt, Mahasarakham University, Thailand

Chapter contributions are now invited from scholars studying women’s entrepreneurship for an exciting new book, Women’s Entrepreneurship & Culture, to be published by Edward Elgar Publishing Inc. in 2020.
The Diana International Project1 is committed to advancing knowledge about the status of women’s entrepreneurship around the world. This is the tenth book associated with the Diana International Project and will build on the success of the first book - Brush, C., Carter, N.M., Gatewood, E.J., Greene, P.G. and Hart, M. (eds.) (2006) Growth-oriented Women Entrepreneurs and their Businesses: A Global Research Perspective.

The objective of this book is to foster a provocative discussion about topics that generally fit within the general theme of women’s entrepreneurship and culture. We invite participants to investigate entrepreneurial activity among women in a variety of societal and cultural contexts, with a particular focus on exchanges between and among societies and cultures, cross-cultural comparisons, as well as the influence of culture on women’s entrepreneurship and the influence of women’s entrepreneurship on culture.

Chapters should be based on empirical or theoretical research. Possible topics could be related to the following:

  • The influence of culture on women’s businesses and business decisions, including innovation and job creation
  • The influence of women’s businesses shape on societies’ beliefs, norms, expectations, and development
  • How policies and programs might influence the connection between women’s entrepreneurship and culture
  • How cultural practices, categories, discourses, and labels impact support for women’s entrepreneurship
  • Women’s business development and growth and the influence of teamwork and the kinds of teams that women entrepreneurs build
  • Differences across minority groups and cultures that affect women entrepreneurs (e.g. Black, Asian, Latina, etc.) how these differences matter

We are aiming for an inclusive discussion on women’s entrepreneurship. Thus, proposals are particularly sought from researchers in geographic regions less represented in previous volumes, specifically Africa, Asia and South America. In addition, while it is likely that submissions will come from presenters who attended the previous Diana International Conference in Bangkok, Thailand (July 2018), manuscripts that were not presented at this Conference are certainly welcomed as well.

Submission Instructions:
If you are interested in submitting a chapter, please express your interest by putting together a chapter abstract, following the guidelines below, and emailing it to by July 1, 2019. For an informal discussion on your submission, please contact any of the editors.

  1. A cover letter with all author affiliations and the paper title
  2. 3 page (double-spaced) abstract
    1. Include title- but NO AUTHOR information
    2. Research question/purpose of the chapter
    3. Theoretical foundation
    4. Data source(s) and methodology
    5. Implications/contributions
    6. Please submit your proposals to:

Tentative Timetable for the book

  • July 1, 2019
    Expressions of interest/abstracts from participating authors
  • August 1, 2019
    Formal invitation/submission guidelines sent to selected authors
  • December 1, 2019
    Submission of draft chapters & initial review process
  • December 15, 2019
    Editors assign chapters to reviewers (double-blind)
  • February 15, 2020
    Reviews with feedback due to editors
  • March 1, 2020
    Authors rejected or invited to revise
  • May 1, 2020
    Submission of revised chapters from authors (including necessary permissions for diagrams, signed contributor agreement, etc)
  • May-July 2020
    Ongoing editing of chapters by editorial team and editors draft introduction and conclusion chapters
  • July 15, 2020
    Completion of Preliminary Book Information, Introduction & Conclusions
  • August 15, 2020
    Submission of final manuscript to Edward Elgar