Women's Entrepreneurship Symposium event series

Women's Entrepreneurship Symposium

The annual Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium (WES) offers attendees a chance to learn about innovation and business from public and private sector experts. At the WES, you’ll have the chance to:

  • Learn about navigating today’s changing marketplace
  • Explore ongoing efforts to bring women into the innovation ecosystem
  • Hear from senior USPTO officials and other IP experts
  • Discover educational opportunities for girls and women in computer science, invention, and STEM


Upcoming events

Join us for our upcoming #WEWednesday event virtually or in person from Honolulu, Hawaii on Wednesday, June 14, 2023 at 2:00 pm EST | 8:00 am HST.

Past events

Join us for our upcoming #WEWednesday event virtually or in person at the Berkeley School of Law in Berkeley, California, on Wednesday, May 24, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. ET | 10:00 a.m. PT.

On April 26, 4:30-7:30 p.m. ET, the USPTO will celebrate World IP Day by focusing on the theme "The Value of Her IP", with stories of perseverance and sacrifice from women business owners, creators and inventors.

Apr 26, 2023 - Virtual and Alexandria, VA

Join us for our next #WEWednesday event virtually or in person at the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, on Wednesday, April 26 at 12 p.m. ET.

Hear from women working in tech who have made an impact in the industry with their innovative thinking. Additionally, learn how women are finding funding to bring their ideas to the commercial market.

Learn about the importance of mentors and how building a reliable network can impact growth, opportunities, and success.

Hear from leaders who are bringing about change and helping others obtain their intellectual property (IP) as they share their experiences as innovators, entrepreneurs, and role models.

The WE Wednesday event series continues with a program focused on securing funding for your business or startup.

The USPTO invites you to join our next Women’s Entrepreneurship (WE) event on January 18, 2023 virtually and in Naples, Florida.

Nov 30, 2022 - Virtual and Alexandria, VA

Join leading women and USPTO Director Kathi Vidal at the launch of Women’s Entrepreneurship (WE), a community-focused, creative initiative to tap women's potential to increase equity, job creation, and economic prosperity.

Learn how exceptional innovators discovered their inspiration for success and commercialization.

Learn about the economic impact of women in business and how social trends are affecting professional growth and business opportunities.

Get career insights from researcher, patent holder, and American Association for the Advancement of Science IF/THEN Ambassador Amy M. Elliott, Ph.D.

Successful women innovators discuss ways to identify a market segment for sales and growth, and best practices and successful habits in today’s changing business climate.

Experts discuss small business loans, crowdfunding, and other investment funding sources for aspiring entrepreneurs.

Experts discuss government resources, free legal services, and support for small business owners.

Experts discuss opportunities for girls and women in computer science, invention, and STEM; ways to nurture girls’ confidence in entrepreneurship; and programs to encourage young women in invention and STEM.

The 2021 Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium kickoff provides information about navigating today’s changing marketplace and challenges and opportunities for women.

Mar 3, 2020 - Alexandria, VA

2020 Women's Entrepreneurship Symposium