Read this analysis by Erin Cadwalader of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS), Policy Analysis: Identification of Barriers to Participation for Women in University Technology Transfer Activities.
“Women need to feel invited. Jane Muir, the director of eWITS (Empowering Women in Technology Startups) at the University of Florida has developed a very successful program to engage women in startup business development. The participants learn how to write a business plan, work in teams that balance their skill sets, and are partnered with an experienced entrepreneur. They are currently developing a model that can be scaled by other programs accordingly. One of the most frequently cited claims is that women aren’t interested or are too busy having kids and raising a family to take the time to start a company. There was so much interest in this program when the initial solicitation went out that they had to open more groups.” (page 7)