Female Entrepreneurship Day
The Student Startup team hosted its second annual Female Entrepreneurship event last Thursday (11th June). This year the team held the event virtually via Google Meet.
The overarching theme for the day was how businesses make the best of a bad situation, encapsulated in the title 'Female Entrepreneurship - harnessing positives from changing times'. The world is ever-changing and in a constant state of flux, now more than ever with the COVID-19 pandemic holding dominion over the globe, which begs the question, how do we and our businesses flourish in these difficult and ever-changing times?
A deeper question than it appears, with many of us experiencing changes to our ways of working, our overall productivity and ultimately our way of living our day to day lives. One way of making the best of, what for many is, downtime, is using it as a period of reflection, reevaluation and realignment with our core beliefs, values and moral compass.
During the afternoon we heard from experienced guest entrepreneurs who shared their top tips on managing productivity levels and motivation whilst in lockdown, how to re-energise and support yourself and how they have had to successfully pivot their business models due to Covid-19. Guest speakers included:
Madeline Petrow - CEO & Co-Founder at MAMOQ
Lisa Pascoe - Intuitive coach and host of The Bravehearts Rising Podcast
Rosaria Barreto - University of Portsmouth graduate & Founder of Vitality Hub
Naomi Gibbs - Founder of Portsmouth Costumiers
Eloise Houghton - University graduate & Founder of Fat Stacks
With 52 attendees there was a nice buzz to the event, with lots of good questions and comments being raised. There was a great mix of University of Portsmouth students and members of the public attending.
One comment on the live chat was "Best virtual networking I've done since lockdown started!".
As far as 2021 is concerned, let’s hope we can bring everyone back together again whether that is virtually or in person. What we know now is that we are able to support our startups, whether they are female-led or otherwise, through an online platform when needed. We still believe that nothing beats the buzz of having 50 + people in a room sharing their experiences face-to-face but a virtual version replicates it pretty well.