Interactive resources for incubators and accelerators
Interactive resources for incubators and accelerators
Interactive resources for incubators and accelerators

How to Use

This toolkit was created for intermediaries who want to apply a gender lens to their work. It aims to provide a mindset, framework, and blueprint, rather than a step-by-step guide; helping you to ask the right questions rather than giving you the right answers. We have done this intentionally, to create a space for you and your team to explore, innovate, and contextualise the content.

Hi and welcome to this short how to video.

Let me start by saying that there is no right or wrong way to use this toolkit. It is a practical guide that aims to meet you where you are at in terms of considering gender within your organisation, program and ecosystem. It offers strategies that you can contextualise to your world based on what your organisation’s objectives are and what resources you have available. For example, if you are about to kick off one of your incubator or accelerator programs, you might choose to test some strategies around adapting your marketing collateral for it to be more accessible and inclusive of all genders. But if you’re in between programs and have a bit more capacity, maybe you want to focus on developing a value for your organisation or making sure that your organisational culture is inclusive.

In this section, we offer 4 options for how you can get started in using this toolkit:

The first option is to perform a self-diagnosis. If you’re still unsure about how this toolkit could apply to you as an organisation, or to your program or how you engage with your ecosystem, you can decide to download this tool to get a better understanding of how it will support you in improving your practices and consider gender.

The second option is to jump straight into the content. This you can do through the content map. It will allow you to pick and choose different areas of your work that you want to consider gender within. Within each section, you will be able to download an exercise sheet, which will provide you with a really useful process as well as tips for how you can contextualise all of this content for your organisation.

The third option is to perform a full scan. If you’re someone who doesn’t have reliable access to the internet or someone who loves to read a document from start to finish, you can decide to just download the PDF document.

And the fourth option is to just ask for help. You can do this through our contact us page.

If you’re still unsure about how this applies to you, you can refer to the case studies. We have included some below as well as throughout the toolkit from intermediaries who have already started using this toolkit to consider gender within their work.

Things to Consider when Using the Toolkit

There are a number of things to consider when engaging with the information in this toolkit.

  • 01.

    EXPERIMENTATION AND TESTING

    For the best outcomes, we recommend using a lean and experimental approach for applying any of the strategies provided within this toolkit, or testing any other strategies you create to address gender-related issues.

  • 02.

    Consider externalities and unintended consequences

    Interventions regarding gender are often fraught with unintended consequences. By taking an iterative approach you can catch any unintended negative consequences and adjust, before doing greater harm.

  • 03.

    TIME CONSIDERATIONS

    Applying a gender lens requires deliberate effort to view the world through a different lens, and the result of its application often requires behavioural change, and both can take time.

  • 04.

    Deep consideration of biases

    It requires asking questions to better understand your own biases, those of others around you and those that may be triggered by the processes and systems you work with.

What this toolkit does

In this toolkit, we explore three key areas where as intermediaries, we can apply a gender lens to promote and drive gender-equitable change. These include our organisation, our program/s, and our engagement with the broader entrepreneurial ecosystem.

This toolkit allows you to choose the issues you want to address within these areas, and select and implement strategies according to your context and available resources. The toolkit isn’t designed to impose unrealistic conditions on you or your organisation but rather, to meet you where you are and provide realistic solutions for you to test and explore.

Practical Tip

This toolkit does not look deeply into power, bias, and privilege and how it relates to you as an individual. The reason for this is not for its lack of importance. Being aware of your own power, privilege, and biases is a crucial part of being able to understand the negative power dynamics at play within your context and in developing the right mindset for you to apply a gender lens. This is however, not covered as part of this toolkit as other resources exist that provide an in-depth and thorough examination of these topics.

Considerations Made in the Creation of this Toolkit

This toolkit was developed with the following considerations in mind:

  • Context is important

    When we consider gender, it is very unlikely that there will be a one size fits all approach. Gender-related issues and challenges will vary depending on geography, culture, race, ethnicity, political stability, education levels, and more, so it is very important to contextualise the information in this toolkit, experiment, measure, and determine what works for you.

     

    It is also important to consider intersectionality and how different factors can compound the effects of disadvantage.

  • Diversity and Inclusion is broader than gender

    When thinking about how diversity can improve the business and social impact outcomes of your organisation and work, we encourage you to think about diversity and inclusion beyond gender and consider all the factors that make us unique, and can create a rich, innovative, and productive environment. In addition to gender, this includes factors like race, background, culture, personality, disability-level, religion, age, etc.

     

    Whilst acknowledging the importance of considering all of these factors, this toolkit will focus specifically on gender diversity and inclusion in order to fill a gap in the existing resources that are available for intermediaries, and to enable us to provide more targeted and practical strategies, frameworks, and examples.

  • Gender is not binary

    Women and men are not the only two gender identities that exist, and with which people identify. This is reflected throughout this toolkit, where we provide strategies and frameworks that can be applied to consider the needs of all gender groups. However, most of our research, examples, and case studies will focus on the disparities and gaps that exist between men and women in the entrepreneurship space, given that women are still the major underrepresented group.

  • This is the first toolkit of its kind

    This is the first toolkit of its kind that has been developed for intermediaries in the social impact space. As these ecosystems rapidly change, it is important to note that this toolkit is likely to be a ‘Version 1’ of several as we respond to the needs of the wider ecosystem as it evolves.

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Organisation

Find out how you can make your organisation more accessible and inclusive of all genders.