Uni pro­fes­sor’s call for fe­male en­trepreneurs to ‘go for it’

South Wales Evening Post - - NEWS -

SWANSEA Uni­ver­sity’s Hi­lary Lap­pin-scott, pic­tured, has urged fe­male en­trepreneurs and in­no­va­tors of the fu­ture to grab their op­por­tu­ni­ties and pur­sue their am­bi­tions.

In her key­note pre­sen­ta­tion at an In­no­vate UK con­fer­ence held at Cardiff’s Mil­len­nium Cen­tre, Pro­fes­sor Lap­pin-scott em­pha­sised that en­trepreneur­ship is vi­tal to bring­ing so­cial and eco­nomic growth to the re­gion.

She said: “In­no­va­tion un­der­pins some of the most suc­cess­ful en­trepreneurs in his­tory.

To be truly en­trepreneurial, to achieve and sus­tain suc­cess, we need to con­tin­u­ally in­no­vate.

“We need to en­sure we are de­vel­op­ing ex­ist­ing fe­male tal­ent within our in­sti­tu­tions and re­cruit­ing ad­di­tional fe­male tal­ent from all over the world.”

She high­lighted the role the uni­ver­sity sec­tor can play in en­cour­ag­ing fu­ture gen­er­a­tions of in­no­va­tors – Swansea Uni­ver­sity alone is work­ing on more than 30 projects, with fund­ing of around £120 mil­lion. The con­fer­ence – en­ti­tled In­no­va­tion and En­trepreneur­ship within a cor­po­rate cul­ture – is one of four Build­ing Suc­cess events held across the UK by Govern­ment-funded In­no­vate UK.

Th­ese are open to women from any sec­tor work­ing within in­no­va­tion.

Th­ese events are de­signed to in­spire and en­cour­age women-led busi­nesses, some­thing which Pro­fes­sor Lap­pin-scott is pas­sion­ate about.

“Fund­ing? Ap­ply every­where, ask for as much as you can get, don’t be shy.

“Be con­fi­dent in your abil­i­ties to aim for the sky… and achieve it.”

She con­cluded by urg­ing her au­di­ence to: “Keep fo­cus on ca­reer pro­gres­sion. Aim for the next rung, one rung at a time. Keep go­ing. In­vest in your­self. De­velop your skills. Take your op­por­tu­ni­ties. Go for it.”

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