INNOVENT 310 : Women in Entrepreneurship

Business and Economics

2023 Semester One (1233) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Explores opportunities and challenges faced by women entrepreneurs in today’s global economy. Examines issues related to gender bias, entrepreneurial finance, and growing the entrepreneurial venture. Develops skills for starting and growing an entrepreneurial venture through collaborative, real world opportunity-based assessments.

Course Overview

This course explores both the challenges and opportunities faced by women entrepreneurs in Aotearoa-New Zealand. We will discuss issues related to gender bias, particularly as they relate to entrepreneurial finance and network support. You will have an opportunity to develop a venture in a team and present this to the class and a panel of women entrepreneurs. 

Course Requirements

Prerequisite: Either 15 points from INNOVENT 201, 203, 204, SCIGEN 201, or 60 points at Stage II

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 5: Independence and Integrity
Capability 6: Social and Environmental Responsibilities
Graduate Profile: Bachelor of Commerce

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Examine key approaches to the study of gender, women and entrepreneurship and how women entrepreneurs engage with the challenges they face. (Capability 1, 4.2 and 6)
  2. Analyse the key features of women's entrepreneurship in a range of contexts in Aotearoa – New Zealand. (Capability 1, 2, 4.2 and 6)
  3. Explore the financing options available to women entrepreneurs, including the advantages and disadvantages associated with them. (Capability 1, 3, 4.1, 4.3 and 6)
  4. Actively contribute to team to develop and present a new venture plan, including an assessment of its fiancial viability in both written and oral formats. (Capability 3, 4.2 and 5.1)
  5. Criticaly engage with both the theory and illustrative examples of women entrepreneurs presented during the course to reflect on your learning for your own career in a written format. (Capability 2, 4.2, 4.3 and 5.1)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Test 40% Individual Test
Reflection 15% Individual Coursework
Report 45% Group & Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15 point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.

For this course, you can expect 2-3 hours of workshops and 5 hours of reading and thinking about the content of the course per week with the remainder of time on assessments. 

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

Attendance is required for scheduled activities including workshops to complete the course.
Some lectures will be available as recordings. Other learning activities including workshops and guest speakers will not be available as recordings.
Attendance on campus is required  for the test which will take place during a time allocated for lectures.
The activities for the course are scheduled as a part of the weekly timetable.

Learning Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

Student Feedback

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.

Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.

Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.

This course has been developed based on conversation with students and there is a mix of theory and practice in the assessment structure. 

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.

Published on 05/09/2023 09:06 a.m.