Pool of opportunities just a stone’s throw away

Once again a week that will leave you more entrepreneurial and inspired.

AISHAA:  Resilient Refugee Women Project

Delegates and partners of the Aishaa Project met for the second time in the American University of Beirut, Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs. The second team meeting reviewed the project’s accomplishments so far and discussed the next steps.

The AISHAA project addresses poverty alleviation and empowerment of women refugees in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey by examining the impact of grassroots micro-entrepreneurship on the lives of the women and their families.

Over the last year, the researchers conducted 152 interviews with refugee women and the project is now in the stage of analysing the richness of these data collected. The interviews were well received and the interviewees welcomed the opportunity to talk about their entrepreneurial activities.

Preliminary project findings

  1. The displaced women remain particularly vulnerable to poverty and violence, irrespective of length of displacement
  2. Displaced women are engaging in typical feminised enterprise to alleviate poverty (Seamstresses, Clothing shops, hairdressing, Coffee shops, Mini Markets etc)
  3. The informal economy in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey is thriving, with or without institutional support and is feminised
  4. Technology and social media are ‘connecting the displaced with their diasporic communities more strongly than with their host communities

Architerctural Jewel

The Issam Fares Institute is located in a building designed by an internationally pronounced architect Zaha Hadid.

Zaha Hadid was an Iraqi-British architect and the first woman to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize and in 2015 she became the first and only woman to be awarded the Royal Gold Medal from the Royal Institute of British Architects. Her major works include the aquatic centre for the London 2012 Olympics, Michigan State University’s Broad Art Museum in the US, and the Guangzhou Opera House in China.

Professional Development Open Learning Event

Futures Entrepreneurship Centre and Developing Futures held its’ first professional development certified learning event on Tuesday 10th October. Leaders from business and the social sector explored the leadership of innovation, enterprise and change, relating directly to their experience of 21st century business.

In the words of Sybille Schiffmann: “For nearly five years we have been working with our local and regional, private and public sector professionals.  Together we’ve been exploring leadership that supports different ways of ‘doing business’, managing creativity and innovation and enabling successful change, to name but a few topics.  At this our first Open Learning event, we wanted to share our learning and our experiential approach more widely.

Yesterday we had professionals from across Devon and Cornwall, who started to explore innovation and change, by working with their organisational purpose and values.  We looked at individual personality preferences and professional cultures that influence how and where innovation can happen, or not.  We also introduced action inquiry as a way of addressing complex work challenges. 

As a result of the overwhelmingly positive feedback to the event we received, we will be pursuing other single topic events in greater depth.  This includes: Systems Leadership and the Leadership of Change and Enterprise for example.  We also intend quite quickly  to establish an action inquiry group, comprised of leaders from diverse professional settings, to meet over the forthcoming months. Thank you again to everyone one who attended our launch “Open Learning” event”.

Coming up this week

BETA Enterprise Welcome Event

Thursday 12th October, Reservoir Café, 16:00 – 18:00

The Welcome to BETA Enterprise event is great for students that want to develop their skills, test their ideas and want to know more about the support on offer. Meet, network and learn from mentors and students at this event. Learn more about the BETA Enterprise student start-up support programme, meet our Entrepreneurs in Residence, network with other innovative students and students who successfully pitched for start-up funding last year. This is also a great chance for students already on the BETA Enterprise Programme to talk with multiple business mentors, learn about upcoming events and opportunities and get pitching tips from last year’s successful pitchers.

The event is free to attend, and nibbles and drinks are provided.

Future Events and Workshops

Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset

Monday 16th October 2017, Mast House Room 103, 12:00 – 13:00

In the Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset free event, you will hear from Plymouth alumnus and Entrepreneur in Residence at the Futures Entrepreneurship Centre, Raphael Dennett then tour the Futures Entrepreneurship Centre. Learn how to make the most of your time at the University of Plymouth, expand your network and develop your entrepreneurial spirit.

Pitching and Presentation Skills

Wednesday 25th October 2017, Jill Craigie Cinema, RLB, 09:00 – 11:00

This free two hour Pitching and Presentation workshop will get you designing, practising and training on how to upgrade your pitching performance. You will be guided through the practical process of producing an engaging pitch, given the opportunity to practise and get feedback on a mini-pitch and hear about a wealth of tips and tricks to help you grow in confidence. You will grow in understanding of what is involved in giving a polished and successful pitch or presentation.

Webinar Party: Borders, Prosperity and Entrepreneurial Responses

Wednesday 8th November 14:00 – 15:30 GMT, Mast House 204

The Gender and Enterprise Network (Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Special Interest Group) co-chaired by Dr Haya Al-Dajani will host an international webinar during ISBE 2017.  This webinar aims to conquer some of the political borders that separate the international entrepreneurship community by bringing us together to share and discuss the potential of entrepreneurship in conquering borders through virtual and physical presence.  RESI will host a ‘webinar party’ at Futures Centre to link in with this webinar.

For more details about this event, please visit: https://isbegen.wordpress.com/2017/09/01/upcoming-webinar-borders-prosperity-and-entrepreneurial-responses/

To register for this event please email futurescentre@plymouth.ac.uk



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