Reaching Women’s Economic Independence Through Entrepreneurship and Self-Employment
Women make up 52% of the total European population but only 34.4% of the EU self-employed and 30% of start-up entrepreneurs. Also, a visible presence of female business angels and investors doesn’t mean higher investments in female-founded companies.
Despite the increasing number of public policies and institutional resources designed to promote women-led business, the entrepreneurship gender gap still persists.
In our pursuit of raising awareness about participation and acknowledging the gender disbalance in entrepreneurship, to contribute to the upcoming proposal for a gender-aware framework for entrepreneurship for policymakers, our virtual discussion will focus on the following issues:
What are the constraints that women face when deciding to become entrepreneurs? What factors attract women’s interest and motivate them to start their own business? Which policies may benefit women’s entrepreneurship?
OPENING & MODERATIONPERNILLE WEISS MEP
Rapporteur on “Reaching women’s economic independence through entrepreneurship and self-employment” in the FEMM Committee;
Board Member of SME Europe of the EPP
Associate Professor of Economics at Univeristy of Santiago de Compostela (Spain);
Author of the EPRS study “Women’s entrepreneurship and self-employment, including aspects of gendered Corporate Social Responsibility”Dara NIKOLOVA
European Investment Bank;
To speak on the EIB report “Funding women entrepreneurs: How to empower growth”
A serial entrepreneur and founder of a string of businesses, mentor and investor;
Co-founder and Managing Partner at LAWMORE;
Named Poland’s 30 under 30 by ForbesMARIE LOMMER BAGGER
Founder and CEO, MeasureLetLARA OLIVETI
Co-founder, Partner and CEO, MelazetaMIA WAGNER
Founder and CEO, Nordic Female FoundersAGATA BOUTANOS
EU Government Relations, ZPP
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