Jacqueline Winstanley FRSA Keynote Speaker at WOSAM 2020

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WOSAM 2020 Certificate of Presentation Jacqueline Winstanley FRSAJacqueline Winstanley FRSA, CEO and Founder of Universal Inclusion and The Inclusive Entrepreneur Network, was a keynote speaker at the WOSAM 2020 Summit, held between 18th and 19th October 2020 where she showcased the resilience and innovation  shown by inclusive entrepreneurs in the UK, particularly disabled entrepreneurs, as they faced the challenges posed by COVID19.

During her presentation, Jacqueline referenced the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Inclusive Entrepreneurship, of which Universal Inclusion is the Secretariat, and also included works by entrepreneurs within The Inclusive Entrepreneurs Network, which Jacqueline founded in 2013.

The World Summit on Startup, Entrepreneurship and MSME Development creates a world-class platform from which to present and discuss all the latest research and results of researchers and academicians related to Startups, Entrepreneurship, business and new ideas, all under one roof. During the two days, they shared their experiences, pros, and cons with the global community. This year, the focus was on how Startups, entrepreneurs and MSMEs (Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise) can overcome the obstacles in this COVID 19 pandemic.

The World Summit WOSAM-2020 was organized by World Startup and Incubation Council (WSIC) and World Entrepreneurs Association (WEA) and powered by Eudoxia Research Centre.

Links: http://eudoxiaeducation.com/world-summit-wosam-2020/

Paper: https://www.universalinclusion.co.uk/images/Inclusive_entrepreneurship_-_A_critical_look_at_inclusion_of_persons_August_2020.pdf


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Participation in the BER-MEC 9th ICBED-2020, Virtual Conference August 2020

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Jacqueline Winstanley FRSA has presented a paper alongside JoAnn Rolle, Dean, Business School, Medgar Evers College, City University of New York, USA; Jacqueline Kisato, Kenyatta University, Kenya and Patricia Rock, BlueSuite Solutions, Inc., USA during the CBER-MEC 9th ICBED-2020, Virtual Conference held during August 20-22, 2020.


The paper - Inclusive Entrepreneurship: A Critical look at Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities - studies the specific challenges in entrepreneurship faced by persons with disabilities.

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Following is the abstract of the Paper. Should you be interested in finding out more about this study, please contact Jacqueline Winstanley directly on email.

While there have been many definitions of inclusion as it relates to the underserved and economic empowerment through entrepreneurship, few have focused specifically on persons with disabilities. There are many studies that have looked at increasing economic empowerment through entrepreneurship for women, minorities, youth, seniors, immigrants, and rural residents throughout literature. The gap however is that the lumping of all these categories has led to the overlooking of specific challenges faced by persons with disabilities. This oversight on economic inclusivity has been magnified especially during the Corona virus pandemic.

The paper reviews literature in search of evidence to document programs, projects, and policies used in both developed and developing countries to address the challenges of inclusive entrepreneurship for all. It explores several entrepreneurial studies on inclusivity of business ecosystems in UK, USA, Sub Saharan Africa, and India and highlights public-private partnerships and impact investment as it relates to challenges in increasing inclusivity in businesses.


It was evident that, while there are many government policies and programs to support entrepreneurship in the USA, UK, Sub Saharan Africa and India, limited empirical studies have been documented to evaluate the impact of these policies on entrepreneurship for persons with disabilities. Some of the challenges cited in literature included gender gap, cost of doing business and the likelihood to be funded to launch a business, as common dominant factors reported on the issue of inclusion.

Practical implications and Conclusions

The authors find that there is much more empirical research and analyses warranted in the study of entrepreneurship inclusion and empowerment of the underserved especially for persons with disabilities and continue reviewing literature and use quantitative and qualitative research such that additional programs, projects and policies may be developed to serve all inclusively.



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A timely collaboration which raises awareness about domestic abuse

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Jacqueline Winstanley FRSA, CEO and Founder of Universal Inclusion talks about her latest initiative which continues the theme of opening up the creative space. It utilises the power of music to highlight an issue which has unfortunately increased at an alarming rate during the pandemic and lockdown. Music is a medium which in the hands of a skillful artist touches a deep emotion through the lyrics and melody.

"I am very excited to be collaborating with James Holt, singer songwriter, on his latest track 'One Hand Strikes The Other', which he wrote to raise awareness about domestic abuse. The single is due to be released this August.

'‘One Hand Strikes the Other’ is a powerful track about domestic abuse, which sadly as we know hit record-breaking levels during the lockdown.

It explores an abusive relationship, looking at it from the outside. It shifts the focus from the relationship to the observer - suggesting we all have a duty of care and a responsibility in reducing domestic abuse.

James has been working on the track with two female artists - singer/songwriter Toria Wooff and photographer Debbie Ellis who captured model Liv Moore, depicted on the image.

We are now at a stage when we want to create a video.

You can hear the song’s powerful melody and thought-provoking lyrics which command an equally powerful visual to accompany it.

Ideally on this next stage of the project, we would like to engage a female film producer who has worked before in this field to create the film. We are actively seeking funding to make this possible.

James is donating all profits from this project to Refuge, the organisation for women and children against domestic violence. You too can be part of it. Can you help us capture the message in the song with film?"

Click here to hear Jacqueline Winstanley introduce the collaboration and the song. You can contact Jacqueline directly for more details by calling her on +44 (0) 749 603 5028 or by sending her an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.James Holt Collaboration 

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Universal Inclusion Recognised by RSA for its work with Entrepreneurs during COVID-19

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Universal Inclusion, through CEO and Founder Jacqueline Winstanley's fellowship with The RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce), has been awarded a Covid-19 Catalyst Grant to continue its work with The Inclusive Entrepreneur Network. 

The RSA Covid-19 Catalyst Grant was fast-tracked and awarded to Fellows’ projects responding to Covid-19 and its effects; specifically, scalable initiatives which ease the social and structural pressures of Covid-19, providing support on the ground now and building bridges to the future.

Within Universal Inclusion, this grant is supporting the shift of The Inclusive Entrepreneur Network's operations from face-to-face support to online support It will fund a series of podcasts which will bring to life the business resilience shown by Inclusive Entrepreneurs within The Inclusive Entrepreneur Network through their stories and shared experiences. The Inclusive Entrepreneur Network is run by Jacqueline Winstanley FRSA. 

The Inclusive Entrepreneur Network was featured in the RSA's blog as one of three projects supported by the Catalyst Awards Grants.

Following is an excerpt of the blog entry which can also be found here: https://www.thersa.org/discover/publications-and-articles/rsa-blogs/2020/06/good-work-grants

 The impact of Covid 19 on good work RSA

Inclusive Entrepreneurs Online - supporting people with disabilites in business 

Inclusive Entrepreneurs Online is a network which provides business support primarily to people with disabilities who, because of their condition, are often excluded from 'traditional' workplace roles. 

The network provides a business-to-business marketplace, a 10-session programme to provide help on the road to entrepreneurship, and “a showcase of the incredible aspiration and achievements of people who have faced significant barriers”.  

According to Jacqueline Winstanley, head of the programme, it was clear very early on that many members of the network were devastated by the disruption caused by the crisis. Not only because of the business interruption, but also the disempowering feeling that they had no say over the measures which were being put in place to support businesses. 

Meanwhile, the difficulties in accessing sector-specific types of support has left many disabled entrepreneurs in the network in a very precarious economic position. Many are considering shifting their operations online but might require more holistic support that encompasses measures for managing health conditions.  

The RSA catalyst grant is contributing to shifting the network’s operations from face-to-face support to online support.

Central to these efforts have been the online 'Friday briefings'. These events have quickly become spaces where “members felt somebody was giving them a voice and a mechanism through which to try and influence things”, and where they could discuss innovations they were putting in place in the shift online.  

Not only have the briefings been successful in achieving this, they have also allowed the network to contribute very timely policy recommendations to the Chancellor and DWP regarding the Access to Work Awards, fast tracking of new applications, amending the self-employed income support scheme to recognise the needs of disabled entrepreneurs, and suspending the Annual Turnover requirements.  

Going forward, Jacqueline is convinced:

“we need an appreciation of how entrepreneurs with protected characteristics run their business, the value they have and the positive impact they have on the economy.”

If projects like this were to be replicated the impact on the employment gap, and thus on the economy, could be huge. 


If you are interested in finding out more about how you can join The Inclusive Entrepreneur Network and benefit as an #Inclusive #Entrepreneur, please contact Jacqueline Winstanley FRSA using our contact page.

You are also invited to attend our Friday Briefing sessions. Please click here to access the registration link.

You may wish to browse through the previous briefings which you can access here.

If you require support to access any of our sessions or opportunities please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..




































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Jacqueline Winstanley Presents Webinar for Inclusive Companies

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EanqgaFXgAAQkZMJacqueline Winstanley FRSA, CEO and Founder of Universal Inclusion and The Inclusive Entrepreneur, is presenting a webinar about Inclusive Entrepreneurship on Tuesday 16th June 2020 at 11.30am BST for the cross-industry network Inclusive Companies, as part of their #InclusionSolutions webinars. 

Jacqueline, a globally-recognised expert and consultant on accessibility and inclusion challenges, and a nominee for the Entrepreneur of Excellence Award in this year's National Diversity Awards 2020, will be presenting an interactive session on Inclusive Entrepreneurs – Resilience and Beyond Covid 19. This webinar will include an introduction to the concept of Inclusive Entrepreneurship & the Inclusive Entrepreneur Network.  Jacqueline will also talk about how Inclusive Entrepreneurs are responding to the pandemic and give examples of resilience in response to Covid-19.

As Jacqueline said, "This webinar is an opportunity for policy makers, companies and organisations to understand the challenges facing entrepreneurs with protected characteristics as well as their impact on the economy. COVID-19 has brought new challenges, especially to inclusive entrepreneurs - the main one being how to build resilience and thrive beyond the economic downturn caused by the pandemic. As a disabled entrepreneur myself, and as the founder of Universal Inclusion, and The Inclusive Entrepreneur Network which I started in 2013, I have first-hand experience. I have also worked with boards, executives and inclusive entrepreneurs from all walks of life and industries, and the results and their successes are phenomenal. My pathways and programmes provide practical frameworks to find innovative and sustainable solutions for individuals, companies and spaces where there are barriers which prevent access to life's opportunities."

Feedback and recommendations from this session will be shared with policy makers to ensure future business survival. 

The seminar may be viewed here: https://youtu.be/_IIkrBlRJoc

Jacqueline Winstanley is available for an informal chat on any inclusive challenges you may be facing.

For further information on the Inclusive Entrepreneur Network please visit: https://www.universalinclusion.co.uk/the-inclusive-entrepreneur

#InclusiveEntrepreneursOnline   #AnInclusiveWorld  #InclusionAndDiversity

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