Conference Proceedings

Women's Entrepreneurship
Conference Bangkok

3 - 5 April 2017

Women’s entrepreneurship has been identified as an increasingly important contributor for economic growth and welfare, in particular for developing nations. In South East Asia alone there are 61 million female entrepreneurs, more than in Europe and the USA combined. Thailand presents a particularly interesting case as it is the only countries in the world where both nascent and established female business owners outnumber their male counterparts (GEM, 2015).

Building on the success of the WECB 2015, this three day international conference invited academics and practitioners interested in exploring and advancing women’s entrepreneurship. The WECB 2017 promised to be a motivating, educational and social experience, where local, regional and international experts could exchange their research and experience. A total of 250 participants from 14 countries participated in paper development sessions, practitioner workshops, a company visit to Divana, and a rich social programme. The resulting conference proceedings include 30 selected papers and can be downloaded here.

This year we were particularly honored to welcome H.E. Dr Atchaka Sibunruang, Minister of Science and Technology, Kamonwan Wipulakorn, President at The Erawan Group Plc, and Professor Friederike Welter among our keynote speakers.

We would also like to thank our generous sponsors at the British Council, the Newton Fund and the National Science Technology and Innovation Policy Office (STI).

“Supporting women entrepreneurship is undoubtedly a positive and practical choice. Our mission is to create opportunity worldwide, and by supporting and empowering women, we help further gender equality, which is crucial to creating inclusive and sustainable economies and societies.” Andrew Glass, Country Director at British Council Thailand


Here are some impressions from WECB 2017:



Topics discussed during the conference include, but are not limited to, the following areas:

Host of the WECB2017

Bangkok University School of Entrepreneurship and Management (BUSEM)
Bangkok University is one of the oldest and most famous private universities in Thailand. Its reputation rests upon two major pillars: “creativity + entrepreneurship”. Since its founding in 1962, it has established itself as a leader in entrepreneurship education and research in Thailand.

The School of Entrepreneurship and Management (BUSEM) is home the first Bachelor in Entrepreneurship in Thailand. Today over 1000 undergraduates are enrolled in the Thai and International entrepreneurship programme. Four years ago, BUSEM build upon its long standing partnership with Babson College to create the first Master in Management and Entrepreneurship in Thailand.

BUSEM also leads Thailand’s research efforts on entrepreneurship, family business and women’s entrepreneurship. It is home to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor and the STEP research project in Thailand and will host the Diana International Research Conference 2018.

Cambridge Judge Business School Entrepreneurship Centre
Established in 2015 under the patronage of HRH The Duke of York, KG, the Entrepreneurship Centre at Cambridge Judge Business School aims to inspire, enable and research entrepreneurship. It builds on the Cambridge Judge Business School’s track record by bringing together the School’s entrepreneurship programmes and activities and building a coherent and coordinated offering. The Centre supports the full entrepreneurial journey starting with the empowerment of aspiring entrepreneurs, through the creation and development of early-stage ventures; and all the way to small and medium size enterprise growth. Programmes offered by the Centre include the Postgraduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship, Ignite and the SME Growth Challenge.

The Entrepreneurship Centre's mission is to develop and share thought-leadership that establishes the University of Cambridge as a global knowledge locus for entrepreneurship; and provide a critical resource for entrepreneurs, mentors and investors. All of the Entrepreneurship Centre's activities are underpinned by world-class research and access to the Cambridge Cluster, the most successful technology cluster in Europe. Twitter: @CJBS_EC

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