I am a second year PhD student with a special interest in encouraging diversity within the business community. My research focuses on gender and the provision of finance to early-stage business ventures, as difficulties in accessing funding has been identified as a major barrier to growth for female entrepreneurs.
I firmly believe in the importance of engagement between various stakeholders in the entrepreneurial ecosystem and the dissemination of academic research findings to the wider community. I am actively involved in both local and national industry events and also participate in events at Cardiff University.
In November 2019, I was pleased to be a panellist at an event giving local entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch for equity funding and support: https://twitter.com/hashtag/pitchitvalleys
I represented The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences in the Rising Stars of Research public event: https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/events/view/2486306-rising-stars-of-research
First Prize, 3 Minute Thesis - Cardiff Business School: https://youtu.be/pOG42GpDkko
My PhD research project focuses on the ways in which relationships of trust and cooperation can be built within the early stage investment community to support new business ventures.
In September 2020, I led a research team from Cardiff University and the University of South Wales to find solutions to the impact of Covid-19 on women entrepreneurs in Wales. Subsequently, as co-investigator on a successful ESRCIAA funding bid, I was able to work on a collaborative project with the research team, the Executive Education Department at Cardiff University and participants from the study, to deliver a bespoke programme of online workshops to address the challenges faced by women entrepreneurs as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Jones, J., Galazka, A., Edwards, T. and Atkinson C. 2020 ‘Covid-19 and female entrepreneurship in Wales: impact and solutions’ (unpublished research funded by the Welsh Government, conducted in collaboration with the University of South of Wales).
Funding applications and awards:
2021 ‘Supporting women entrepreneurs through the Covid-19 crisis’, Economic and Social Research Council Impact Accelerator Award (online training workshops for female entrepreneurs in collaboration with the entrepreneurs and the Executive Education unit at Cardiff Business School)
Does gender matter? Relationships and decision making within business angel syndicates in the U.K.
In my research thesis I am drawing on critical realism to explain the ways in which gender may influence the decision-making process of investors and the relationships between investors and entrepreneurs. http://criticalrealismnetwork.org/