March 2018 – Women in Digital Business

Free business growth programme offered to female entrepreneurs

A fully-funded business growth programme aimed at supporting women in business is about to launch in the region. Free places will be offered to 100 female entrepreneurs who have been in business for at least a year and who want to transform their business.

The fully funded business growth programme is offered by the University of Winchester Business School, supported by NatWest bank and strategic partners.
The programme is part of a University project to boost social mobility through degree apprenticeships which is funded by the Higher Education Funding Council to the tune of £250,000.
The extensive programme aims to challenge, inspire, deliver and transform the businesses of the entrepreneurs that take part. Participants will see how to grow sustainably, form and maintain strategic alliances, replace old models with digital models, and embrace digital products and services.

Each of the six workshops is a half day ‘live’ session supported by additional online content.

The workshops focus on:
• GOING 4 GROWTH: Setting a bold strategy to achieve three digital growth goals available in your market
• TRANSFORMATION: Structuring your digital transformation and commercial model to reduce operational and financial risk
• A BIGGER SANDBOX: Game storming your digital breakthrough journey and identifying the resource and skills you’ll need to meet market demand
• MAKING CONNECTIONS: Activating a digital ecosystem of talent and like-minded partners to support your growth ambitions
• SCALING IT UP: Reshaping your products/services and the marketing channels needed to rapidly deliver to scale
• REINVENTION: Adapting your vision and re-engineering your processes to ‘pitch’ to international collaborators, funders and profit pools.

Prizes offered to leading entrepreneurs

The six-week programme ends with an opportunity to present to influential business brains and win a Digital Business Growth Prize.

The ‘Digital Dragons’ include:
• HELEN WALBEY Federation of Small Business, Diversity Policy
• KATHY SLACK Executive Director, M3 Local Enterprise Partnership
• LINDA CHEUNG SetSquared & Business Board Member, M3 Local Enterprise Partnership
• JULIE BAKER BBA Diversity & Inclusion Council, Government Women in enterprise APPG & Head of Enterprise Business Banking at NatWest
• PRU MARRIOTT Dean of the Faculty of Business, Law and Sport at the University of Winchester and Director of the University of Winchester Business School

Programme locations
The ‘Women in Digital Enterprise’ programme is being offered in three locations:
• Chandlers Ford, Southampton – Dates: 17th & 24th April, 1st, 8th, 15th May & 7th June
• Basingstoke – Dates: 18th & 25th April, 2nd, 9th, 16th May & 7th June
• Woking – Dates: 19th & 26th April, 3rd, 10th, 17th May & 7th June

The final all-day session on 7th June will be held at the University of Winchester Business School.

For further information and to apply for one of the 100 free places, visit