European peer-learning workshop in Prague fostered women’s entrepreneurship

From 14 to 16 May, a highly interactive expert workshop in Prague fostered women's entrepreneurship (WE) in Europe. It was the first workshop on this theme in the project "Peer-Learning in Entrepreneurship in Education and in Women Entrepreneurshop". empirica coordinates this project on behalf of the European Commission, Directorate-General GROW. The event convened 60 experts from 33 European countries. They represented ministries and governmental agencies as well as businesses associations, investors, non-governmental organisations, female entrepreneurs, experts on women's entrepreneurship, and WE ambassadors. Most participants came from Eastern and South-Eastern Europe.

The workshop participants suggested activities to foster WE in four principal fields: funding, education, promotions and networks.

·         As regards funding, specific funds for female entrepreneurs and the improvement of financial literacy were promoted.

·         In education, lifelong education and financial education stood out.

·         In terms of promotion, entrepreneurial role models and mentors need to be fostered. Networks of mentors and their promotion in media are necessary.

·         Networks for women supporting women need to be strengthened, a powerful umbrella organisation for WE needs to be built. A pan-European organization is needed, best as a one-stop-shop and a single digital gateway.

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