8th of March: Feminist Innovations - Masculinities, Cultures, Diversities

The Coordination for Gender Research celebrates International Women's Day in collaboration with KU Lighthouse, the new innovation and entrepreneurship center at University of Copenhagen.

Registrer here before 5th of March

March 8th, 2024, will be featured with a morning seminar focusing on culture and masculinities in entrepreneurship and innovation. While women – and the so called “fix the women strategies” have taken center stage in recent debates and initiatives, the role of masculinity and the overall ethos or culture of entrepreneurship has been neglected.  Both culture and masculinities often seem to be blind spots in current research and policy strategies of entrepreneurship and innovation.

Fresh evidence from various studies shows how  combinations of masculinities, innovation and entrepreneurship  create significant, but so far unacknowledged barriers, that will maintain the already existing bias.

A fresh analysis of the popular TV program the “Lion’s Den” shows how masculinity has particular relevance for the field of entrepreneurship and innovation. Currently often stereotyped in the ideas of the typical tech entrepreneur, who is growth oriented and risk taking.

Recent reports points to the fact, that under 2% of raised capital went to start ups headed by women. Both women and minority groups are underrepresented, and the components create barriers according to context and entrepreneurial culture.

 We will ask

What are the consequences of neglecting the needs, preferences, and behaviors of different groups not only for entrepreneurship as a vocation, but also for  the final products, services, or policies?

This march 8th event addresses vital aspects of innovation culture and contributes to qualify the recent innovation strategy at University of Copenhage and in general. It provides a platform for researchers and practitioners to engage in a new and challenging dialogue and addresses how things could look different.

The program includes cutting edge/roundtables with leading Nordic and international scholars in the field. It will be concluded with a panel of entrepreneurs, experts and politicians who will address how knowledge production, educational and political interventions could be promoted and make change happen.

Preliminary program

09.00 - 09.20: Welcome by Hilda Rømer Christensen, Coordination for Gender Studies at UCPH, Marie Louise Bech Nosch, President of the Danish Royal Academy of Sciences, Andreas Blohm Graversen, Deputy Director. Innovation & External Partnerships UCPH.

09.20 – 10.15: Keynote presentations - Moderated by Hilda Rømer Christensen

  • Angela Martinez Dy (Loughborough University of London): Intersectional approaches to Innovation and entrepreneurship.  

    Dr Angela Martinez Dy is an entrepreneurial community builder invested in liberatory unlearning. As a Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship at Loughborough University London, her expertise, research interests and communities of practice revolve around digital entrepreneurship, anti-racist intersectional cyberfeminism, and critical realist philosophy. Angela has published her academic work in a range of well-known organisation studies and entrepreneurship journals. She is a poet and scholar-activist with a track record of creating impact through community-based initiatives, collaborations, organisational formation and development.

  • Dag Balkmar (Örebro Universitet) Tracing the superheroes of our time: Contemporary and emergent masculinities in tech entrepreneurship.

    Dag Balkmar is Associate Professor (Docent) and Senior Lecturer in Gender Studies at Örebro University, Sweden. His research focuses on men and masculinities; gender and entrepreneurship; gender equality and inclusion in organizations; gendered mobilities. He has published within the areas of masculinity studies, gender and technology, gender and mobility, and risk and violence. He is PI for the Swedish part of Overcoming the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Gender Divide - A Cross-Cultural Perspective (GENRE, GENDER-NET Plus), and is currently working in the project AdvanCing behavioural Change Through an INclusive Green deal (ACCTING, EU Horizon 2020). His research encompasses several interactive research projects on gender and innovation, among others the Swedish Innovation Agency and global corporations such as the Volvo Group.

  • Sebrina Steensgaard (GILL/Coordination for Gender Studies, University of Copenhagen) The Lions Den. Popular culture as a driver for gender and diversity in Innovation and Entrepreneurship?

    Sebrina Steensgaard holds a master's degree in anthropology from the University of Copenhagen, where her studies focused on the Danish welfare state from social and cultural perspectives, particularly the interplay between institutional frameworks and lived experiences. She has been engaged at the Coordination for Gender Research, initially as a student assistant and recently as a research assistant affiliated with the EU project Gendered Innovation Living Labs (GILL). Within this role, she has contributed to analyses examining the portrayal of entrepreneurial culture in popular television programs such as "Løvens Hule" (the Danish version of "Shark Tank"). Additionally, she is actively involved in a GILL initiative aimed at disseminating knowledge about green transportation and diversity through gamification

10.15 – 10.30: Coffee break

10.30 – 11.15: Round table discussion - Moderated by Marie Valentin Beck

  • Stine Mølgaard Sørensen, Partner Alliance VC, Co-founder Radiobotics
    Stine Mølgaard Sørensensen founded her first company in 2013 and has been working with new technology, digital transformation, and AI for more than 13 years. She founded several tech startups, one of them being Radiobotics - building AI in Radiology and she also led one to a successful Silicon Valley exit. Today she is a Partner at Alliance Venture and sits on numerous boards. Further, she sits on the Innovation Fund Denmark's investment panel, and is currently elected to the Innovation Council at Rigshospitalet. In 2020, she won the KPMG award as the Scandinavian Entrepreneur of the Year and finally, she is a best-selling author with her book “F*ck It, Ship It” which is all about experimenting with new technology.

  • Sine Linderstrøm, Director of SME and Entreprenurship at Danish Industry
    Sine Linderstrøm focuses on improving structural conditions for smaller- and newly started businesses. Sine has more than 15 years of experience in the intersection between public policy and capital markets having worked at both the Danish Export- and Investment Fund as well as Finance Denmark. She is a well-regarded voice in the Danish startup ecosystem and holds a Master in Political Science from Aarhus University.

  • Nanna Schultz, entreprenuer Momkind

  • Maria Shubhra Ovesen, Cand.psych., ph.d., Lighthouse University of Copenhagen
    Maria Ovesen is an innovation consultant at Faculty of Social Sciences and in KU Lighthouse, University of Copenhagen’s new cross disciplinary innovation center. She facilitates workshops on innovation, provides 1:1 project and business sparring, and has played a central role in designing some of the main offers and activities in KU Lighthouse, aimed at students. She has written two books about sustainable entrepreneurship and works actively on opening the field to those, who do not identify with the stereotypical representations of entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship

11.15 – 11.30: Q&A

Registrer here before 5th of March

It will be possible to stream the event.
The link to streaming will be distributed after registration, by email.