EmpowerWOMENt Successful Enterpreneurial Empowerment for Women in Start-up Business

To explain the three priorities that the project will work, we think the best way is to do it through some quotations extracted from 2014 policy documents.
Women constitute 52% of the total European population but only one-third of the self-employed or of all business starters in the EU. Women thus represent a large pool of entrepreneurial potential in Europe. When establishing and running a business, women face more difficulties than men, mainly in access to finance, training, networking, and in reconciling business and family.
Potential women entrepreneurs should be made aware of business support programs and funding opportunities.
In 2009 the Commission inaugurated the European Network of Female Entrepreneurship Ambassadors, to serve as inspirational role models for potential women entrepreneurs. This was followed in 2011 by the European Network of Mentors for Women Entrepreneurs, who voluntarily counsel women starting and running new businesses. In 2012, the Commission made a proposal to improve the gender balance in boards of publicly listed companies. Even though board membership requires different competences and skills compared to entrepreneurship, more women in senior management positions could serve as a role model for other women in general. The visibility of bigger number of successful professional women will show other women that they have chances of success on the labor market.
Commission, Entrepreneurship 2020 Action plan
About 50% of new businesses fail during their first five years. If European entrepreneurs are to be able to deliver the growth we expect from them, we must devote greater resources to helping them to get through this period. Businesses often lack an appropriate ecosystem that will enable them to grow.
Commission, Entrepreneurship 2020 Action plan
Given the significant number of unemployed people across Europe, entrepreneurship support schemes should be put in place to encourage business creation as a route out of unemployment.
All business development support should include signposting information and providing links to support services, advice and counseling, and business coaching and mentorship. Such assistance may also extend to the provision of particular skills (e.g. opportunity recognition, business planning, financial management, sales and marketing), delivered either informally (e.g. mentoring scheme) or more formally by attending a course. Support should be targeted at groups with the greatest potential (such as unemployed workers with professional skills, women or young people), and should rely on close co-operation between employment services, business support and finance providers. The goal is to help the unemployed make an effective transition into self-employment, increase the sustainability of their businesses, and to tailor support to groups who may require additional resources such as young people or those who may not be best reached through traditional channels of business support.
The empowerment and involvement effects of the project will be created through this bringing together, for which the women will be co-responsible being involved in the project activities, activities that will be extremly community oriented.
The project is co-funded by the European Commission under the Erasmus+ Programme for a duration of 24 months.
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