Women in rural, regional and remote enterprises (WiRE): playing big in business - Final Report (DESBT19241)
Women in rural, regional and remote enterprises
|Report Type||Government report|
|Institution of Origin||University of Southern Queensland|
|Number of Pages||43|
|Publisher||University of Southern Queensland|
|Place of Publication||Springfield, Australia|
The aim of the Women in Rural, Regional and Remote Enterprises (WiRE) Program is to promote entrepreneurial behaviour of women in rural, regional and remote enterprises through enhancing individual and organisational awareness, participation, skills, competencies, capacity, building support networks, sharing knowledge, growing resilient communities and creating sustainable change in the Queensland region through delivering an integrated program consisting of multiple capacity-building activities. This particular project focused up rural, regional and remote women who needed to reset and reimagine the start-up and progression of their business during COVID-19.
The Department of Employment Small Business and Training (DESSBT) have contracted the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) to deliver the WiRE: Playing Big in Business (WiRE:PBB) project as part of the 2019-2020 Advancing Women in Business Industry Partnership Initiative (AWB).
To the best of our knowledge this study is reporting on a first of its kind virtual hub model using multi-mentoring and masterminding principles to develop RRR women entrepreneurs’ social capital and support their entrepreneurial goal achievement. It attempts to analyse a bold idea in the form of a less conventional approach to tackle entrepreneurship development and support for women in RRR Australia. This research is particularly timely as COVID-19 severely impacted the traditional face-to-face entrepreneurship development models throughout the world, and new virtual models of entrepreneurship development are explored.
The Virtual Hub Model, Virtual Bootcamp and Virtual Interactive Workshops achieved very positive results:
• All WiRE Hub participants (100%) gave an overall rating of 'very satisfied' their Hub experience.
Stimulation of self-employment and employability are central to the program. The WiRE Program builds RRR women’s personal, entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial capacity, become part of a strong entrepreneurial community and support them regardless their location in RRR Queensland. The program enhances their confidence, creates an entrepreneurship mindset, develop entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial behaviour, opportunities to enhance their financial position and a rural entrepreneurship eco-system. Participants also give back through mentoring others in their communities.
|Keywords||women entrepreneurs, rural women entrepreneurs, rural entrepreneurs, Australian women entrepreneurs|
|ANZSRC Field of Research 2020||350704. Entrepreneurship|
Submitted to The Department of Employment, Small Business and Training (DESBT).
|Byline Affiliations||School of Management and Enterprise|
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