For students

Power Her Up

This programme is designed to empower those student entrepreneurs who identify as female to succeed.

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1 in 3 UK entrepreneurs is female. A gender gap equivalent to 1.1 million missing businesses. (Rose Review of Female Entrepreneurship, HM Treasury 2019). 

Women are less likely to believe they possess entrepreneurial skills: Only 39% of women are confident in their capabilities to start a business compared to 55% of men. This is a perceived gap in ability, rather than an actual gap in skill sets. (Rose Review of Female Entrepreneurship, HM Treasury 2019)



There will be one session on the last 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. Will return in semester 1 2023. 


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
  • Provide 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.

I loved it. I loved all of it. It’s got me buzzed to get started.

2023 participant 

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



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.


This talk might have been one of the best things I have ever been to at the University and I’ve been here for 3 years! It was so, so informative and inspiring.

2023 participant 

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

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