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 & MODERATION

    PERNILLE 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

  • KEYNOTES

    MARIA BASTIDA

    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”

  • DEBATE

    PAULA PUL

    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 Forbes  

    MARIE LOMMER BAGGER

    Founder and CEO, MeasureLet

    LARA OLIVETI

    Co-founder, Partner and CEO, Melazeta

    MIA WAGNER

    Founder and CEO, Nordic Female Founders 

    AGATA BOUTANOS

    EU Government Relations, ZPP

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