new resources offer guidance and inspiration for advancing equity in innovation and entrepreneurship

Our new series of publications, Advancing Equity: Navigating New Terrain, demonstrate ways to apply action areas and strategies that can support innovation and entrepreneurship (I&E) faculty and leaders of entrepreneurship centers to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) practices in their programs. Read more about these action areas and strategies in our report, Advancing Equity: Dynamic Strategies for Authentic Engagement in Innovation and Entrepreneurship.


In July 2020, VentureWell published the findings of a national study we commissioned of promising practices for advancing equity in higher education STEM I&E, which identified six interrelated action areas and corresponding strategies. We presented these in our report as a widely applicable blueprint for university-based entrepreneurship centers and programs that strive to broaden access pathways for early-stage innovators.

Since publishing the report, we engaged I&E faculty and entrepreneurship center directors in discussions of their experiences testing and implementing strategies and solutions on their campuses through a series of community conversations, facilitated by experts from the field. We invited several community stakeholders to develop resources around the action areas to share with the field to offer guidance and inspiration for those beginning or evolving their advancing equity efforts.

The first of these resources, Transforming Programs Through an Equity Lens, is a presentation of two assessment tools designed to facilitate deep and thoughtful conversations among staff about how to integrate ongoing DEI practices and learnings into programmatic work.

We’ll follow up with two more resources later this fall that address ways to embark on deeper, more authentic personal and professional engagement around DEI, and help illustrate multiple pathways to success in entrepreneurship.

“Leaders in higher education institutions and entrepreneurship centers are eager for strategies and solutions to advance DEI in their work,” said Kristen Golden, VentureWell senior development officer and a co-leader of our advancing equity work. “We are fortunate and grateful to collaborate with members of our community to develop resources that support those working to advance equity.”

community conversations for advancing equity

Our online series fosters discussion to help faculty and program or center leaders bolster their equity efforts. The upcoming one-hour conversations feature the contributors to the Advancing Equity: Navigating New Terrain series. The first community conversation, Transforming Programs Through an Equity Lens, will take place on Thursday, September 23, 2021 starting at 1:00 pm ET. The following two community conversations will take place on Thursday, November 18, 2021 and Thursday, January 13, 2022, also starting at 1:00 pm ET.

share your input

Whether you are beginning, evolving, expanding, or scaling your efforts to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion, we look forward to your feedback, your questions, and your partnership! Please get in touch with us at—we’re excited to connect and learn alongside you.

Read more about our advancing equity work and see how you can get involved.

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