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WES - the European network to promote women's entrepreneurship

The Commission launched The European Network to Promote Women's Entrepreneurship (WES). It has members from 31 European countries (EU 28,  Iceland, Norway and Turkey). The delegates in the network represent central national governments and institutions with the responsibility to promote female entrepreneurship. WES members provide advice, support, information and contacts regarding existing support measures for female entrepreneurs. They also help in the identification of good practices.

WES aims to promote women's entrepreneurship


  • Raising the visibility of existing female entrepreneurs
  • Create a climate that is favourable to female entrepreneurs
  • Increase the number of new women entrepreneurs
  • Increase the size (scale) of existing women run businesses

The means for WES to reach this objective

  • To be a discussion partner towards the European Union (European Commission and European Parliament)
  • To co-operate with already existing networks and organisations
  • Benchmarking, exchange of information and good practice
  • Common projects

Annual reports

Between 2004 and 2014, WES published 

an annual report that presents the activities carried out by the national governments in order to promote women's entrepreneurship.

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