For students

Power Her Up

We want to encourage and support more female founders at the University of Edinburgh. This new support programme is designed to empower those student entrepreneurs who identify as female to succeed.

Power Her Up


Only one in five businesses in the UK is run by a woman even though women outnumber men in Britain by around 900,000.

Just 9% of funding funnelled into UK start-ups goes to women-led businesses. According to the Entrepreneurs Network, women also tend to start businesses with much less available capital than male entrepreneurs. According to a poll by the Telegraph, two-thirds of 750 female founders felt as though they were not taken seriously when pitching to investors and were treated differently to their male counterparts.

Sign-up to the programme in general or to the individual events

Power Her Up

We are collaborating with Advancing Eve to bring you Power Her Up. With this support programme we aim to:

  • Create a supportive network of women who can form a community and share knowledge and experiences
  • Equip you with an understanding of the challenges facing female entrepreneurs
  • Help you to build your confidence and break down limiting beliefs
  • Networking opportunities with other female entrepreneurs

As part of this programme you will have access to a themed, in-person event once a month, a WhatsApp group and other benefits announced at these sessions.

The program has helped me to develop my self-confidence and start overcoming my fear of failure and my other limiting beliefs

Advancing Eve

Advancing Eve is a social enterprise co-founded by one of our clients, Lara McGowan. They are a membership community dedicated to supporting women in achieving their aspirations. Offering a broad range of support including personal and professional development opportunities, wellbeing apps, discounts and events. We will be subsidising membership (to £2.50 a month) for Advancing Eve to participants of this programme.

More on the events

There will be one session on the second Thursday of every month (excluding December and May). The sessions are usually 3 hours in length (there is some flexibility in this), the first 2 hours will be peer to peer sessions where participants can share vulnerabilities, discuss challenges unique to women and build a support system. The final part of the session will be a chance to chat over some food.


Who can join?

The Power Her Up Programme is for all students and recent graduates from the University of Edinburgh who identify as female, including trans-women.

Our aim with this programme is to empower women as entrepreneurs and business owners for the betterment of society as a whole. For example, according to a 2019 review by the HM Treasury, up to £250 billion of new value could be added to the UK economy if women started and scaled businesses at the same rate as UK men.”


Join the programme as a whole and/or attend the events, each month will have a different theme with a guest speaker. 

Join the Power Her Up Programme

Book onto the first event of 2022 - a workshop on building your confidence (link below). 


There are limited spaces available for 1-2-1 coaching.


It is planned that these sessions will be held in-person in the Student Enterprise Hub, Appleton Tower. However they may move online if Government/University Covid restrictions require.

Upcoming dates for the monthly events:

  • Thursday 10 February, 5pm-7pm  - building confidence - book now 
  • Thursday 10 March, 5pm-7pm - TBC
  • Thursday 10 April, 5pm-7pm - TBC

I love this programme and I hope it continues because it has really helped me with everything I'm dealing with in terms of starting my own enterprise