2023 Diana Conference

Annual Research Conference

Established in 1999 by five founding scholars, the Diana International Research Conference is the premier international research conference on women’s entrepreneurship, gathering a collaborative network of researchers studying women’s entrepreneurship from more than 60 countries.

The Diana International Research Conference has been cited as one of the “top 1% most important meeting places” in the academic field of entrepreneurship studies.

Landstrom, Hans & Harirchi, Gouya. (2018). “The social structure of entrepreneurship as a scientific field.” Research Policy. 47. 10.1016/j.respol.2018.01.013.

Save the Date – Diana International Research Conference

2024 – June 1–3 / ESBRI; Stockholm, Sweden
2025 – July 2–4 / University of Auckland; Auckland, New Zealand

2024 Diana International Research Conference

Women’s Entrepreneurship: Implications for Policy

We are pleased to announce that the 2024 Diana International Research Conference and take place in Stockholm, Sweden from June 1–3, 2024 with the theme of “Women’s Entrepreneurship: Implications for Policy.” The conference will be co-hosted by the Entrepreneurship and Small Business Research Institute (ESBRI).

Better connecting academic research to policy is a means to enhance and improve success of women entrepreneurs. Building on this reality, the 2024 Conference seeks conceptual and empirical papers that consider women’s entrepreneurship with regards to policy formation, implementation, impact and measurement. More specifically, invited topics on policy implications include:

  • Women’s entrepreneurship in and across contexts: global, multi-cultural, geographic, community, family, industrial, sectoral, cultural and institutional
  • Women-led businesses: characteristics (e.g., size, technology, innovation, form, growth trajectory)
  • Women entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial processes: organizing, launching, developing, financing, managing, growing and exiting
  • Intersections of individual and social differences for women entrepreneurs: skills, competencies, race, class, ethnicity, socio-cultural, experiences, education
  • Women entrepreneurs as employers and employees, e.g., where and how women entrepreneurs fit into the labor force
  • Women entrepreneurship policies: Requirements and lessons for successful policy transfer

The Full Paper Submission portal is open! Deadline for submission is April 22, 2024.

Key Dates for 2024 DIRC

September 2023 Abstract submission portal opens
December 3, 2023 Submit abstract by 11:59 p.m. ET
March 1, 2024 Notification of acceptance sent to authors
Mid-March 2024 Registration opens
April 22, 2024 Full paper due in consideration for Best Paper award
May 31, 2024 Evening reception
June 1-2, 2024 Academic research conference
June 3, 2024 Impact Day

About the Diana International Research ​​Conference

The Diana International Research ​​Conference is the premier research conference for an international community of scholars to convene and share research that directly impacts theory, practice, education, and policy for women entrepreneurs worldwide.

Since 2003, Diana International Research Conferences have brought together scholars from more than 47 countries worldwide, providing a platform to share a global research agenda dedicated to asking and answering questions about women entrepreneurs. The 14th Diana International Research Conference was held at Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland in 2022, and the 15th annual conference will be held in 2023 at Babson College, Wellesley, Mass., USA.

The research conferences are sponsored by the Diana International Research Institute, the permanent home of the Diana Project™, a global consortium of researchers who engage in scholarship, forums, and education focusing on gendered ecosystems, women entrepreneurs and their business growth. Established in 1999 by Professors Brush, Carter, Gatewood, Greene, and Hart—in partnership with ESBRI, Stockholm, the Diana Project has led the research agenda in women’s entrepreneurship across continents, cultures, and contexts.

The Conference is typically two days, beginning with an evening reception on the first day that attendees arrive. In addition to organizing the plenary and parallel paper sessions, the co-sponsoring institution is responsible for organizing one reception, one gala dinner, one breakfast, and one lunch. However, the conference schedule, number of days and presentations, and day of gala dinner can be flexible depending on the number of attendees, and program design of co-sponsor.

Restaurant Tours
Welcome from the Co-hosting Institution
Day 1
0915 Welcome
(Co-hosts and their Institutions)
0930 Opening Plenary
(Keynote Speaker + a panel with industry - including female entrepreneurs + academics)
1100 Coffee & Networking
1130 Paper Sessions (1)
(3 x traditional sessions with 4 papers in each; grouped by theme/topic; 15 mins per presenter + Q & A; Three session chairs needed)
1300 Lunch
1400 Paper Sessions (2)
(3 x traditional sessions with 4 papers in each; grouped by theme/topic; 15 mins per presenter + Q & A; Three session chairs needed)
1515 Coffee & Networking
1600 Paper Sessions (3)
(3 x traditional sessions with 4 papers in each; grouped by theme/topic; 15 mins per presenter + Q & A; Three session chairs needed)
1730 Get Ready for the Diana Dinner Celebration
2000 The 2023 Diana Dinner Celebration
Day 2
0900 Paper Sessions (4)
(3 x traditional sessions with 4 papers in each; grouped by theme/topic; 15 mins per presenter + Q & A; Three session chairs needed)
1030 Coffee & Networking
1100 Paper Sessions (5)
(3 x traditional sessions with 4 papers in each; grouped by theme/topic; 15 mins per presenter + Q & A; Three session chairs needed)
1230 Poster Session
1330 Final Wrap-up, Key Take-Aways & Future Directions
(Event Co-hosts and Co-hosts for the next year)
1400 Lunch
(‘Stay and Enjoy' or ‘Get it to go’)
Closing Reception
1800 Sip and Shop, or event at a special location
Welcome from the Co-hosting Institution
Day 3
This half-day event is tied to the theme of the annual conference, and features speakers, panels and a workshop to collectively explore practical solutions, develop best practices, and generate needed policy solutions to leverage one of the largest economic opportunities of our time.

More than 100 scholars from around the world 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.

We expect three outcomes:
  1. A convening of practitioners, scholars, educators, investors, policy-makers and others to discuss best practices associated with gender and women’s entrepreneurship.
  2. Ideas in motion—a real time problem solving activity engaging all stakeholders to solve challenges for women entrepreneurs around the theme of the conference.
  3. A practitioner report summarizing best practices from the event.

Diana International Research Conference - History

The Diana Project was internationalized in 2003, when the first Diana International Conference was held in Stockholm, Sweden, hosting 25 participants from 10 countries. The mailing list of scholars participating in the Diana International Conferences includes over 600 scholars from 47 countries who have submitted papers or attended the events since 2003. Over the years, Diana International scholars have published 9, soon to be 10, edited volumes of academic research on women’s entrepreneurship around the world (Edward Elgar Publishing), in addition to nine special issues of top entrepreneurship research journals.[1] 

Previous special issues emerging from Diana International Conferences devoted to gender and women’s entrepreneurship include three issues of Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice (2006 and 2007, edited by de Bruin, Brush and Welter in 2006 and 2007; and 2012, edited by Hughes & Jennings) as well one special issue for  Entrepreneurship and Regional Development 2012 (edited by Cooper and McGowan), and one special issue on women entrepreneurs and ecosystems in Small Business Economics 2018 (edited by Edelman, Manolova, Brush, Welter). The most recent special issue was released in January 2019, high growth women’s entrepreneurship, in the Journal of Small Business Management. Together these special issues generated more than 60 submissions and did much to consolidate existing scholarship in this area to date.  These articles are highly cited:  the special issue of ET&P (2007) has over 4,000 citations with a number of  individual articles in the special issues having more than 1,000 citations including those

[1] https://www.babson.edu/womens-leadership-institute/diana-international-research-institute/research/diana-project/