DIANA 2020

Female Entrepreneurship and Family Firms

  • IPAG Business School Campus de Nice
    4 Boulevard Carabacel, 06000 Nice
  • 19-20th October 2020

The Diana Project

The Diana Project™ engages in research activities, forums and scholarship focusing on women entrepreneurs and their growth.
Given the vital importance of women entrepreneurs for wealth creation, innovation and economic advancement throughout the world, the Diana International ​​Research Conference provides a platform for researchers to develop, conduct and share a global research agenda. Brand new to the agenda in 2019, Babson College's Center for Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership is launching Impact Day, a global convening of the vital stakeholders who are dedicated to changing the landscape of financing women entrepreneurs.
Companies with women CEOs receiving less than 3% of VC funding is a statistic that has not changed enough in the past decade. Luckily, inroads are being made to advance women founders in more creative ways. 80 scholars from around the world will attend the first two days of the Diana International Research Conference, dedicated to the presentation of academic research related to women’s entrepreneurship. On day three, Impact Day, an additional 100 action-oriented stakeholders are expected to join, making this convening the first of its kind. The ability to identify areas of synergy and progress, while documenting key gaps in the funding and acceleration of women founders, is vital if we are to continue making progress.

DIANA International Research Conference 2020

The 2020 Diana International Research Conference will take place October 19-20 and will be located at IPAG Business School, in Nice, FRANCE. We invite participants to consider submitting manuscripts that relate to this year’s theme: the role women entrepreneurs are taking within family firms, on many diverse levels. More specifically we are interested in exploring if belonging to a family-owned firm fosters or hinders female entrepreneurship differently in comparison to women who do not have a family business background. We are also interested in exploring how the different roles that women have in their families (daughters, mothers, sisters, spouses, grandmothers) differently affects their commitment towards entrepreneurial activities and entrepreneurship. Finally, we seeks to explore the role of women in entrepreneurial teams (familial, mixed and non-family teams).

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Organizational committee

Adnan Maalaoui

Severine Leloarne-Lemaire

Candida Brush

Andréa Calabro


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Special issue

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Important deadline

Sep 232019

Open submission system & registration

Feb 222020

New Submission Deadline

Mar 152020

Accepting Notification

Apr 282020

Final paper submission

Jul 052020

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- 2 lunchs
- 1 gala dinner

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