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FemStart - Fostering the Public Debate on University Support of Female Scientists to Start a Business
From 24 settembre to 25 settembre 2008



More information about the 5th FemStart Conference Programme is available at the website

The registration is now open, until 15. September 2008.



Evening Reception, 24 September 2008

17:00 Registration

17:30 Welcome
Opening by Dr. Eric Helder, City Councillor and Deputy Mayor of the City of Enschede

17:45 Session
Policy Perspectives on the Importance of Women High Tech Entrepreneurship
- Representative from EU Policy level, Mr. Reinhard Klein, head of Unit Entrepreneurship at DG Enterprise and Industry, to be confirmed
- Representative from National Policy Level, to be confirmed
- Representative from regional policy level, Dr. Kees Eijkel, director Kennispark Twente
- Discussion

19:00 Drinks and Walking Dinner

21:00 End of Evening Reception

Conference, 25 September 2008

8:30 Registration

9:15 Welcome
Dr. Anne Flierman, Chairman of the Executive Board of the University of Twente, NL

9:25 Opening Speech
Dr. Rob van Lambalgen, Director Innovatieplatform Twente, NL

9:45 Session 1
Female High Tech Starters and Their Affairs
- Women and High Tech Entrepreneurship: Facts and Figures
- Women and Tech Transfer, Dr. Mine Karatas-Ozkan, University of Southampton, UK
- Women and Networks, Prof. Dr. Pauric McGowan, Northern Ireland Centre for Entrepreneurship, University of Ulster, NIR
Moderator: Prof. Dr. Carla Millar, em. Professor of International Marketing and Management, Member of the Board of the Dutch Network of Women Professors (LNVH), NL

11:00 Coffee Break

11:30 Session 2
In the Course of Time: Synthesis of Individual Entrepreneurial Experiences
- Student Entrepreneur, to be confirmed
- Starting Entrepreneur with Research/Working Experience, Ir. Sandra de Vos, Medisse B.V., NL
- Experienced Entrepreneur, Prof. Dr. Ada Kruisbeek, Professor of Tumor Immunology, Vrije Universiteit and CEO DCPrime, NL
Moderator: Prof. Dr. Aard Groen, Scientific Director Nikos, Professor of Innovative Entrepreneurship, NL

13:00 Lunch

14:30 Session 3
Encouraging Entrepreneurial Talents. Examples of Good Practices
- MEETS Cambridge, Dr. Sarah Cooper, Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship, University of Edinburgh, UK
- Nano4Women, Prof. Ralf Wehrspohn, Project Leader NEnA, Director Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials and Institute of Physics, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg and Ilka Bickmann, Project Management nano4women – NEnA, Science2public, DE
- ACTiVATE, David Fink PhD, Director Entrepreneurial Services, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), USA
Moderator: Dr. Kees Eijkel, Director Kennispark Twente, NL

16:00 Summarising Remarks and End of the Conference
Prof. Dr. Aard Groen, NL

16:15 Refreshments