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Women Entrepreneurship Portal

One of the findings of the project "Promoting Entrepreneurship amongst women" carried out by the European Commission was that networking and access to information for women entrepreneurs should be further promoted. As a follow-up to this project, the Commission has set up this portal on EUROPA specifically devoted to the promotion of women's entrepreneurship.

This women's entrepreneurship portal aims at providing links to the websites of women entrepreneurs' representative organisations, networks, projects and events that relate to the promotion of female entrepreneurship.

Should you wish to include your organisation, network, project or information about an event in this portal, please read carefully the "Guidelines" pdf - 37 KB [37 KB] and contact the European Commission at the following address: entr-portal-women-entrepreneurs@ec.europa.eu.

Should you wish to establish a link to this portal or any webpage on EUROPA from your website, please follow the indications How to create links to EUROPA.

National organisations of women entrepreneurs

Name of organisation or association

Logo

Description

Language and link to Website

Artemis

Belgium

Artemis

Artemis "Share, learn and inspire" is the professional network for female entrepreneurs and female professionals. The organization, set up in 9 regional networks to cover Flanders, offers a large number of diverse activities Connect, Academy and In Company.

Dutch

www.markantvzw.be/artemis

BPW Finland

Finland

suomi, finnish, svenska, swedish, english

http://www.bpw-finland.fi/en/

CNA Impresa Donna Emilia Romagna

(Committee of Enterprising Women)

Italy

Italian regional organisation representing women entrepreneurs of the Emilia Romagna region who are members of CNA (Confederazione Nazionale dell'Artigianato - National Confederation of Craft, Small and Medium Enterprises)

Italian

www.cid.cnaemiliaromagna.it

Confartigianato Donne Impresa

Logo donne impresa

Italian

www.donneimpresa.confartigianato.it

Confartigianato Donne Impresa - Associazione Artigiani della Provincia di Vicenza

Italy

Gruppo Donne Impresa

This is the female entrepreneurs group within the Crafts and SME Association of Vicenza Province in Italy

Italian
associazione/donne
of which
gruppodonneimpresa

Commissione Dirigenti Cooperatrici Confcooperative

Italy

confcooperative logo

Italian

www.donnecooperazione.confcooperative.it

Diversitelles

(Diverseladies)

France / The Netherlands

logo Diversitelleq

Diversitelles is women's network entrepreneurs launched in 2008 whose first vocation is to create bridges between women of diverse horizons who often start-up to create their own job, in small structures with strong societal imprint. Diversitelles also organizes a biannual competition to award innovative or new type of projects and small business.

French

English

www.diversitelles.com

Enterprising Women

United Kingdom

enterprising women

Enterprising Women is a dynamic UK-wide networking community of over 8000 Women. It was founded in response to a recognised need to unlock and stimulate the economic potential of women's entrepreneurship. It provides business support and specialist information to assist women’s businesses from their pre-start through to high-growth stages. We have one goal: to increase the numbers, sustainability and success of women in business by providing a wide range of business support, training, networking events, mentoring and loan fund.

English

www.enterprising-women.org/

Federatie Zakenvrouwen (Federation of Women Entrepreneurs)

Netherlands

Federatie Zakenvrouwen

Federatie Zakenvrouwen is a Dutch organisation of women entrepreneurs and co-entrepreneurs

Dutch

federatiezakenvrouwen.nl

Fédération Pionnières

France

The Pionnières Federation was launched in February 2008, at the initiative of Paris Pionnières, new type of women incubator, targeting support to innovative enterprises created by womenentrepreneurs in the sector of innovative services B to B and B to C (www.parispionnieres.org). The Pionnières Federation gathers all the Pionnieres incubators created in France (Paris, Caen, Rennes, Nice, Nantes),and abroad Morocco (Casblanca) and Serbia (Belgrade).

French

www.federationpionnieres.org

FCEM - France

(Femmes Chefs d'Entreprises Mondiales - World Women Entrepreneurs)

Femmes Chefs d'Entreprises Mondiales - World Women Entrepreneurs

FCEM-France has four missions:

  • Encourage and counsel female start-ups
  • Ensure representation of women entrepreneurs in the social dialogue
  • Inform and train women entrepreneurs
  • Create networks

French

www.fcem.org

Femmes Chefs d'Entreprises - Vereniging Vrouwelijke Bedrijfsleiders (FCE-VVB)

Belgian Association of Women Entrepreneurs

Belgium

FCE-VVB

French & Dutch

http://www.fce-vvb.be/

Frau in der Wirtschaft

(Women in Business)

Austria

Woman in Business is the contact partner within the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber for 100,000 female entrepreneurs in Austria

German

wko.at/unternehmerin

FYROMacedonian women enterpreneurs

FYROMacedonia

English and Macedonian

Web site

ΣΥΝΔΕΣΜΟΣ ΕΠΙΧΕΙΡΗΜΑΤΙΩΝ ΓΥΝΑΙΚΩΝ ΕΛΛΑΔΟΣ

GREEK ASSOCIATION OF WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS

Greece

Greek English

http://www.sege.gr/en/

Go-Woman! Limited

United Kingdom

Go-Woman! Ltd established in March 2006, works on the principal of centralising current provisions for women wishing to start or grow their business. Go-Woman! has built strong partnerships to deliver the Go-Woman! magazine ensuring that it reaches its target audience through existing networks and organisations, providing inspiration, support and access to information.
Go-Woman! target group include women wishing to start small to micro-sized businesses. Go-Woman! is an experienced EU project managing organization, developing initiatives to allow women to see explore outside their comfort zone.

English

http://www.go-woman.com

LIDERE

(LEADER)

Latvia

Lidere is a Latvian non-governmental organisation which puts together women entrepreneurs and leaders in their professional area

Latvian

English

http://www.lidere.lv

Organización de mujeres empresarias y gerencia activa (OMEGA)

Spain

OMEGA, created in 1989, is a national Spanish federation of professional women and women entrepreneurs regional and local organisations.

Spanish

mujeresempresarias.org

"Terziario Donna CONFCOMMERCIO"

Italy

Terziario Donna is an Italian non profit association representing 350,000 women entrepreneurs in commerce, tourism and services sectors. It is present in 102 Italian cities through "Sportello Donna" and offers consulting services for start-up of new enterprises and for problems concerning the women workforce.

Italian

terziario-donna

Türkiye Kadın Girişimciler Derneği (KAGİDER)

Women Entrepreneurs Association of Turkey

Turkey

KAGIDER was chartered in September 2002 as a non-profit and non-governmental organization, by 37 prominent Turkish female entrepreneurs. Today we have 142 members from various sectors, including textile, communication, human resources, tourism, chemicals, mining and health.

Turkish and English

www.kagider.org

Udruženje poslovnih žena Srbije

Association of Business Women in Serbia

Serbia

Association of Business Women in Serbia

The Association of Business Women in Serbia is the largest national organization for female entrepreneurs and is the leading force in organizing women in business, providing first-class support and promotion of female entrepreneurs, advocating improvement of the business climate and actively fostering networking on a local, regional and international level.

Serbian, English

www.poslovnezene.org.rs

Verband deutscher Unternehmerinnen e.V. (VdU)

(Association of German Women Entrepreneurs)

Germany

(Association of German Women Entrepreneurs)

German

www.vdu.de

WEConnect International

WEConnect International

English

www.weconnecteurope.org

WEETU (Women's Employment Enterprise and Training Unit)

United Kingdom

WEETU is an independent Norfolk based organisation which helps women succeed in work and enterprise.

English

http://www.weetu.org

Women's Enterprise Scotland

Women's Enterprise Scotland

Women's Enterprise Scotland which is a non-profit organisation that aims to support and conduct research on women-owned businesses in Scotland

English

www.wescotland.co.uk

Yrittajanaisten Keskusliitto ry - The Central Association of Women Entrepreneurs

Finland

Finnish

for some parts also Swedish and English

www.yrittajanaiset.fi

Združenie žien v podnikaní

Association of Women in Business

Slovakia

Združenie žien v podnikaní

ZZVP brings together women across professions, regions and age groups and acts as a meeting place where they can share experiences, information, knowledge, create new contacts and cooperation. In addition, ZZVP provides various educational, networking and mentoring opportunities to help women to develop their businesses.

Slovak

www.zzvp.sk

International organisations of women entrepreneurs

Name of organisation or association

Logo

Description

Language and link to Website

BPW International

English

http://www.bpw-international.org/

FEM - Female Europeans of Medium and Small Enterprises

Female Europeans of Medium and Small Enterprises

Umbrella Organisation representing 35 associations of women entrepreneurs from 9 European countries

English, French, Italian, Spanish

www.fem-online.eu

The Women’s Organisation

England

The Women’s Organisation

We promote entrepreneurship, innovation and sustainable business growth for women on an international level. We enable women to achieve greater prosperity, to become leaders and to connect with each other. We fulfil the role of advocates for women's interests across a whole spectrum of areas, becoming both a creator and a disseminator of knowledge, and influence policy and perception at all levels. The main thrust of our ground level services support women to develop personally, and to set up and grow their own business enterprise

English

www.thewomensorganisation.org.uk

Turkish Federation of Business and Professional Women - BPW Turkey

Turkish & English

http://www.bpw-turkey.org/

UnitedSucces

UnitedSucces

UnitedSucces is an international organisation of carefully selected common-purpose women business owners who are eager to grow their businesses. It unites credible women entrepreneurs driven by their desire to succeed themselves but also to make an impact in the world. Transparency, integrity and trust are the backbone of this unique network. Credibility and reliability are explicit admission criteria

English

http://www.unitedsucces.com

Yente

(indepentant organization founded in 2006)

Netherlands

yente globe logo

Inspire greater economic independence for women in less advantaged areas worldwide.
Work towards empowering women entrepreneurs as agents of change and drivers of economic prosperity for their communities and countries.

www.yente.org (Dutch)http://www.yente.org/en/ (English)
http://www.yente.org/fr/ (French)
http://www.yente.org/es/ (Spanish)

Networks Promoting women's entrepreneurship

Name of organisation or association

Logo

Description

Language and link to Website

AFAEMME

Association of Organisation of Mediterranean Businesswomen

AFAEMME is a European and Mediterranean platform for projects that promote gender equality in the labour market and the access of women to decision-making positions in the economy. AFAEMME currently comprises 37 businesswomen organisations from Albania, Algeria, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Malta, Montenegro, Morocco, Palestine, the Principality of Monaco, Slovenia, Syria, Spain, Tunisia and Turkey.

English
Spanish Italian French Arab

www.afaemme.org

B-WCo

Balkan Women Coalition for Professional Qualification and Training in the field of Business and Economic Science

Greece

English

http://www.balkancoalition.com/

FemStart

Fostering the public debate on university support of female scientists to start a business

Germany,
Spain, Poland, Latvia, Romania, The Netherlands

Very few female students consider starting a business after university as a career path. FemStart debates in Germany, Spain, Poland, Latvia, Bucharest and The Netherlands will look at specific measures which encourage women in science to choose entrepreneurship and will discuss how entrepreneurship support structures in universities might be optimised to reach their full potential by encouraging more women to think about an entrepreneurial career.
The project is funded by the European Commission, DG Research, Science and Society.

English
for individual events all partner languages: DE, ES, PL, LV, RO, NL)

http://www.femstart.eu/

Mreza zena u biznisu

Women's Business Network

Bosnia and Herzegovina

With the purpose of improvement of economical situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina, strengthening of market position of businesses run by women, enlargement of their results, ensuring better economic position of women entrepreneurs and their families within the society in general, MI-BOSPO decided to establish Network of women in business.

Bosnian Croatian Serbian and English

www.mi-bospo.org/index.php/en/mzb

MYente

international network – online community for women entrepreneurs

MYente, international network – online community for women entrepreneurs

MYente, the World Wide Web community, is 100% for women entrepreneurs and their networks. MYente offers a treasure trove of possibilities:
To advertise your enterprise locally, nationally and internationally
• To put your products and/or services on the market
• To exchange relevant information on the message board
• To announce your most recent activities on the agenda
• To discuss with your sister entrepreneurs your personal experiences, ask questions and place suggestion as a blog
• To gain inspiration and widen your horizons
• To create contacts and exchange business opportunities with other women entrepreneurs worldwide.
• To advise and support each other through Yente's matchmaking and sparring partner programme.

English, Spanish, French and Dutch

www.myente.org

PROWESS ("Promoting Women's Enterprise Support Services")

United Kingdom

PROWESS is a UK-wide advocacy network working towards equal numbers of women and men starting their own business. PROWESS supports members - who work directly with businesses - to develop and improve their services for women.

English

www.prowess.org.uk

The Women’s Organisation Business Club

The Women’s Organisation

The Women's Organisation offer FREE membership to our 'Business Club' for women in Merseyside and Greater Manchester who are currently running their own business. Being a member of this network will offer you opportunity to attend regular networking events and other specialised business master classes.

English

http://www.train2000.org.uk/services/#club

WENETT
Women Innovators for Europe

Germany, UK (Scotland), Sweden, Poland, Bulgaria

Business women and women scientists have a key role to play in the future of regional economies. However, it is vital that these "Women Innovators" gain access to international networks and other like-minded people in Europe.
WENETT - will offer Women Innovators the opportunity to learn about cooperating and will offer support services to Women Innovators who want to do business internationally.

English

http://www.wenett.eu/

WOMEN CEO

Spain

WOMEN CEO

Our main goal is to promote the women access to the company boards and board of directors.

To enhance the scope of this purpose:

  • Women CEO facilitates the relationship between women managers and women entrepreneurs of several sectors through regular meetings, networking and training sessions.
  • The organization has 4 commissions to drive its activity:
    • Strategy and management.
    • Alliances, sponsoring and education.
    • Communication.
    • Welcome/member recruiting.

Spanish

http://www.womenceo.es

YWEA

Young Women Entrepreneurs Association

Italy

ywea logotipo

Young Women Entrepreneurs Association is an international not-for-profit organization with the aim of accelerating the growth and internationalization of women-owned companies.
YWEA is a platform to facilitate exchanges of experience and best practices as well as creation of new business, cross-border and cross-industry partnerships between young female entrepreneurs across the world.
YWEA is present with its members in various parts of the world: China, Italy, Poland, Russia and in the U.S. YWEA's people represent different nationalities: American, Canadian, Chinese, German, Italian, Polish, Romanian, Russian and Serbian.
YWEA has initiated two major projects: Cross-cultural Entrepreneurship and From Self-employment to Entrepreneurship

English

www.ywea.org

Projects Promoting women entrepreneurs and female entrepreneurship

Name of organisation or association

Logo

Description

Language and link to Website

ASIMAG,
Servicios Empresariales

(www.asimag.es)

Spain

E-chance 2.0 for Women Entrepreneurship

The E-chance 2.0 project granted by Spanish National Agency through the Leonardo da Vinci Programme is aimed at the inclusion of women entrepreneurs into the knowledge society. The main outcome of the project is an e-learning platform combining formal and informal training and providing women entrepreneurs a set of basic skills and capacities regarding the Web 2.0.

English, Czech, Italian, Latvian, Romanian, Spanish

www.e-chance2.eu

Bundesweite gründerinnenagentur - bga

(National agency for women start-ups)

Germany

The German national agency for women start-ups is the first organisation active nationwide for the support of women business starters or considering starting a new business. The agency's activities are targeted at establishing a women-friendly climate for female business starters and increasing the number of businesses started by women in Germany. The Agency offers information about services for women entrepreneurship all over Germany, in all branches, during start-up, consolidation and succession phases.

German

gruenderinnenagentur.de

Euroimpresa Legnano

Italy

Euroimpresa Legnano is a limited consortium company founded in 1996. Euroimpresa's mission is to activate endogenous resources, promoting development projects supported by resources from various expense centres. Euroimpresa offers assistance and consultancy services to the local communities and SMEs. It has promoted several interventions in West and North Milan aiming at evaluating the efficacy of the instruments for increasing female employment rates, paying attention to adaptability and to self-employment and small entrepreneurship prospects.

Italian, English (homepage only)

www.euroimpresa.it

Female Entrepreneurship Support Network – FEM.EN.S.

FEM.EN.S. is being implemented by the Piraeus Chamber of Commerce and Industry in cooperation with the Association of Greek Women Entrepreneurs (SEGE). It started in November 2010 and concluded in November 2012. In the Network are 15 Female Entrepreneurship Ambassadors that work together for the promotion of female entrepreneurship, the promotion of female innovative entrepreneurship in male dominated and sectors of economy and the promotion of supportive measures addressed to women.

Greek English

http://www.femens.gr/

FEPIC(Female Engineers Pushing Innovation in Companies)

Mappa FEPIC Project

FEPIC produced an e-learning tool to increase competences on creativity for innovation and leadership in a gender perspective.
The e-learning tool is freely available online and delivered in the 6 languages of the partners' countries, to support more inclusive and equitable careers.

The English version of the e.t.t. is available at
www.fepic.eu/iwouldliketobealeader

The website of the FEPIC project is www.fepic.eu

Going for Growth

Ireland

Going for growth

Going for Growth is designed to support ambitious women entrepreneurs who are established owner managers. It is based on interactive roundtable sessions that are facilitated by successful entrepreneurs who are volunteers. The initiative has successfully completed its fifth cycle and over 300 women to date have participated. The initiative is funded by the European Social Fund, the Department of Justice and Equality and by Enterprise Ireland.

English


www.goingforgrowth.com

"Integrated Plan - Open Roads to the development of Social Economy"

(Heraklion Development Agency)

Greece

The main aim of the project is the fighting of unemployment and underemployment of vulnerable groups of people in Crete (especially women of low education profile, young people, and people with disabilities), by setting up social enterprises comprising disadvantaged categories, enterprises and entities of the local government. The project is implemented in the Region of Crete, Greece, by a partnership of 22 local social actors named "Active Citizens".

Greek

www.anher.gr

La plate-forme entreprendre au féminin

(Women entrepreneurs' platform)

France

This regional organisation is a product of a project Equal done in the department of the Finistère (Britanny) in France. It proposes a complete training programme to women who want to be entrepreneurs or who are already entrepreneurs. This training includes an original approach (as for example, how to balance professional and personal life), individual mentoring, a women entrepreneurs' network and conferences open to anybody wishing to learn more about women's entrepreneurship, management, etc.

French

entreprendre-au-feminin.net

WE-Mentor

(Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum)

Project partners from: Germany, Belgium, Italy, UK, Romania, Turkey, Israel and India

The main objective of the project is to motivate women entrepreneurs to participate in European research projects. WE-Mentor is building on a consortium of 8 Members, 4 "mentors" from EU Member states (Belgium, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom) who lead 4 "newcomers" to the topic of integrating women entrepreneurs into European Research (Romania, Turkey, Israel and India).

English

www.we-mentor.eu

We Mentor Uk

England

We Mentor UK

We Mentor UK is a European mentoring project that aims to provide guidance and support for women entrepreneurs to further grow their business enterprise.
The project links mentors and mentees according to sector, skills, need and preference. Mentors and mentees work together both in person and through our comprehensive e-mentoring systems to share experiences and build an action plan.

English

www.facebook.com/wementoruk

Women entrepreneurship development in Sofia and Vratsa

Bulgaria

The project has provided training to 100 women from Sofia and Vratsa in business planning, marketing plans, SWOT, financial planning. 18 business plans developed by the participants have been evaluated and 12 of them partially funded. A Centre for Women Entrepreneurship has been created in the framework of the project. It provides services for unemployed women willing to start their own business or intending to expand their business.

Bulgarian, English

http://www.rbc-pernik.org/index_en.php

or

https://www.zsi.at/de/object/project/645

Wirtschaftsagentur Wien Mingo Frauenservice

(Vienna Business Agency Mingo Women Enterprise Service)

Austria

Wirtschaftsagentur Wien

Vienna Business Agency Mingo Women Enterprise Service

Wirtschaftsagentur provides a number of services: first counseling and establishing a business plan, information on financing possibilities, workshops for business starters, internet platforms, as well as mentoring

German

www.gruenderinnen.at

BPW Danube Net

Business and Professional Women (BPW)

BPW Danube Net is the network for business women in the Danube countries (Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany, Hungary, Moldova, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and the Ukraine).
It was established in 2005 to promote intensive networking among the Danube countries . For more information:
www.bpw-danube-net.org

English

More information about BPW:

www.bpw-europe.org

www.bpw-international.org

WISE - Women Integration and Skills for Entrepreneurship
project co-financed by the EU Leonardo da Vinci programme

Co-ordinating organisation:
Inmark S.A. (Spain) Ms. Yolanda Ursa

The aim of WISE is to support the needs of women entrepreneurs in the ICT/ICT-supported sector in order to create gender-awareness between all players. Studies conducted at European and national levels showed that there exist women-specific needs that are by no means reflected by the working and business environment. WISE identifies these needs and develops tools and measurements to improve the overall performance of women entrepreneurs.

English

The WISE website provides a summary of the recent Benchmarking report, gives links to self-assessment tools to check your entrepreneurial skills, and lists WISE workshops organised in several countries in Europe: www.ubique.org/wise

If you wish to shape the results, we invite you to fill in the questionnaires, available in English, German, Spanish, Polish and Estonian: www.ubique.org/wise/quest.htm

Events related to women entrepreneurship

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