WEgate Community council – Who we are?
The Community Council is the steering group of the WEgate Community, expected to increase the impact of the WEgate by joining the key actors (top movers) and together with the project partners to co-create a refreshed, more dynamic and vibrant WE community. The Council members will have the opportunity to contribute to a better coordination of activities to support female entrepreneurship in Europe, to mobilise women entrepreneurs, facilitate access to finance, as well as shape WE-related policies.
Goals of the WEgate Community council include:
- Contributing to the development of the WEgate community by supporting networking, peer-learning and initiatives for achieving wider outreach and multiplier effect,
- Contributing to the public policy processes for improving WE-related conditions in Europe in selected areas and addressing relevant thematic issues,
- Advocating and representing the interests of the women entrepreneurs in front of WE-related institutions and other relevant stakeholders.
Members of the WEgate Community council can be different WE stakeholders including: public institutions (e.g., agencies & other public bodies); international organisations; European SME & entrepreneurship communities (networks & platforms, chambers & associations, sectoral organisations; national WE communities (including but not limited to the national WE associations); WE initiatives & projects; access to finance stakeholders, academic organisations and media.
Currently, the WEgate community council has 47 active members, all reputed members of the women entrepreneurship ecosystem and women empowerment champions in their own right. The current membership involves representatives from several national WE communities, international networks, sectoral organisations, and access to finance providers. The goal is to have more council members joining the WEgate journey towards widespread women entrepreneurship.
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Meet the community council coordinator
Gabriela Kostovska Bogoeska
WEgate team member, mainly involved in the community building activities, WEgate community council coordinator. Co-founder and executive director of a private research foundation, developing technology transfer and innovation support programmes. Passionate about youth and women entrepreneurship development with extensive experience in business support service’s provisioning.
Foundation for Management and Industrial Research www.mir.org.mk
MIR Foundation implements programmes in support of the four pillars of the sustainable development – economic development, innovations & RTD, environment & green transition, and social development. It is devoted to supporting start-ups and digital skills, running an ICT business incubator since 2007, participates in national / regional / international WE and youth platforms and alliances.
Meet the community council members
АPID FEMALE ENTREPRENEURSHIP (APID) www.apid.to.it
APID association brings together entrepreneurs to promote the benefits of female entrepreneurship, raise awareness of corporate social responsibility among companies, and support more women in unions and governing bodies. The association also provides opportunities for development and training, gives feedback on similar initiatives taking place elsewhere, facilitates the creation of new businesses, fosters the creation of relevant networks, and promotes local employment initiatives, policies and projects.
ASSOCIATION OF GERMAN WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS (VdU) www.vdu.de
Since its inception in 1954, the VdU has been active in campaigning for female entrepreneurship, more women in leadership positions, better rights for women in the workplace and a healthier combination of work and family life for both women and men. Currently represents some 1800 German business women, divided into 16 federal-state-level branches, and offers networking opportunities with entrepreneurs in Germany and abroad, as well as a mentoring programme for young businesswomen.
BUSINESS PROFESSIONAL WOMEN (BPW EUROPE) www.bpw-europe.org
Founded in 1930 in Geneva, grown to an international network of 25.000 members in more than 107 countries. It has 5 regions to manage this large organization: North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia Pacific. Europe is the strongest region with more than 18.000 members in nearly 31 countries. BPW projects assist women to: Enter and re-enter the workforce; Start up and advance their business or profession; Protect their rights; Overcome their limitations; Create a nurturing environment in work, education, health for women development.
BUSINESS WOMEN OF BOSNIA AND HERCEGOVINA www.bhwomen.org
Founded in 2017, initially established as a platform for networking and information exchange of business women who work in Austria and are of the origin from Bosnia and Herzegovina. The vision of the Association to the strengthen the position of Bosnian and Herzegovinian women in the business environment of Austria and BiH, and to provide support to business women in their growth and development.
CHAMBER OF ECONOMY OF MONTENEGRO www.privrednakomora.me
Chamber of Economy of Montenegro - business association with rich tradition, independent, professional, creative, inventive and above all authoritative, represents interests of all businessmen for the economic and overall development of the state of Montenegro. Devoted to promotion and support of women entrepreneurship in the country, implements different activities under the leadership of its Coordination Board on Women Entrepreneurship.
Collabwith is an innovation ecosystem platform for open innovation and collaboration. Collabwith is a global platform for standardized collaboration for innovation, our value proposal is to simplify, digitalize, accelerate the collaboration process from searching your partner until starting collaborating. It’s a one-stop-shop including search engine, making request, negotiation, legal and payment by using our own technology.
DIGITAL LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE (DLI) www.dlii.org
The Digital Leadership Institute is a Brussels-based, international NGO and a recognised world leader in promoting greater participation of girls and women in strategic, innovative ESTEAM (Entrepreneurship & Arts powered by STEM) sectors, through four areas of activity: I) Education and Skills Development II) Innovation and Entrepreneurship Support. III) Advocacy and Awareness Building. IV) Research and Consultancy.
EUROPEAN BUSINESS AND INNOVATION CENTRE NETWORK (EBN) www.ebn.eu
EBN is a network of around 140 quality-certified EU|BICs (business and innovation centres) and 40 other organisations that support the development and growth of innovative entrepreneurs, start-ups and SMEs. EBN is also a community of professionals whose day-to-day work helps these businesses to grow in the most effective, efficient and sustainable way.
ENTNEST – HOME OF ENTREPRENEURS http://www.entnest.com/
Entnest is an invite-only, all-in-one digital platform for the entrepreneurship ecosystem. The mission of Entnest is to increase the success rate and impact of entrepreneurs, by nurturing trusted human collaboration.
ESADE WOMEN INITIATIVE (EWI) www.esade.edu/en
Esade Business School has a number of gender-focused initiatives that make it one of the best business schools in Europe for women. Esade launched both the Esade Women Initiative (EWI) and the Esade Alumni Women Empowerment (WE) Club in order to continue to promote gender equality in both society and business. The EWI focuses on promoting the school as an academic benchmark in gender equality in three key ways: training, investigation, and social debate.
Eurochambres is the association of European Chambers of Commerce and Industry. Established in 1958 as a direct response to the creation of the European Economic Community, Eurochambres acts as the eyes, ears and voice of the Chambers and business community. Eurochambres represents over 20 million businesses in Europe through 45 members (43 national associations of chambers of commerce and industry and two transnational chamber organizations) and a European network of 1700 regional and local chambers.
EURO-MEDITERRAN-ARABISCHER LANDERVEREIN (EMA) e.V. www.ema-germany.org
The EMA is a regional association for German businesspeople and entrepreneurs engaged in fostering cooperation and international understanding between Germany, Europe, and the Mediterranean and Middle East region. It connects economic, political, and academic decision makers and multipliers from a variety of countries and sectors. This makes the EMA an excellent platform for mutual exchange that has proven to be an independent and reliable interlocutor for the region.
The EMA is committed to creating socially and environmentally sustainable structures and perspectives. Together with its partners, the EMA stands for corporate social responsibility (CSR), the advancement of women, and economic development cooperation.
EUROPEAN CENTER FOR WOMEN AND TECHNOLOGY (ECWT) www.ecwt.eu
ECWT is a European multi-stakeholder partnership of more than 130 organizations and a rapidly growing member of individuals representing high-level expertise in women and technology development from government, business, academia and non-profit sectors working together to measurably and significantly increase the number of girls and women in technology and ICT in specific. ECWT is today the leading European level platform for ensuring the gender dimension of the Digital Agenda.
EUROPEAN WOMEN ASSOCIATION (EWA) http://www.europeanwomenassociation.com/
EWA’s goal is to unite women entrepreneurs and professional organizations and create a powerful global safe community to support women in the efforts to acquire Funding, Mentors and relevant international Networks. So that women can create a positive impact worldwide. The European Women Association focuses on creating opportunities for women worldwide, accessing new networks, knowledge and partnerships.
EWMD INTERNATIONAL E.V. (EWMD) https://ewmd.org/
The European Women's Management Development Network was founded in 1984 by women engaged in business schools, universities and business associations across Europe. The main goal was to bring women closer to higher management positions by launching studies on women's contributions and experiences in management and by disseminating their best practices among European companies and business schools. Today, the Network links professionals from all areas of business, education, politics and culture. The main goal of EWMD is to increase women's visibility and participation in higher positions in business and society.
FEMALE FOUNDERS https://www.female-founders.org/
Female founders believe that – in a world facing more challenges than ever – today’s economy and society are forced to change, and that entrepreneurship will play a crucial role in this transformation, just like women. For them, entrepreneurship is not necessarily about starting or running a business. It’s a state of mind, a principle of life and an approach to dealing with problems. They are working with entrepreneurs, entrepreneurial employees, investors, and corporate partners.
FEMALE FOUNDERS OF THE FUTURE https://femalefoundersofthefuture.dk/
Female Founders of the Future (FFF) is a Danish non-profit association with the goal of promoting the number of entrepreneurs among women. FFF works to make Denmark an even better place to start and scale your own business for all. Entrepreneurs create jobs and growth in the community. In Denmark, we have a huge untapped potential as only 25% of entrepreneurs are women.
FEMALE TECH LEADERS https://femaletechleaders.com.br/
Female Tech Leaders promotes, inspires and motivate women in tech to play an active and leading role in the technology industry. The main goal of the eMagazine is promote women in Digital and Tech business. We want to inspire and motivate women around the globe to share real experiences in entrepreneurship and career to support them to keep going. Why? Being a Women in Business - Digital and Tech could be very lonely and most of the time, we ask ourselves "should I continue?", "am I doing anything right?", and wondering if we are the only one that have problems all the time.
FE+MALE Think Tank https://fe-male-think-tank.com/
FE+MALE is a non-for-profit international organization headquartered in Zurich (Switzerland). FE+MALE engages stakeholders in scientific research to empower, foster and uplift females in Entrepreneurship and in science. At FE+MALE Think Tank they tackle topics such as innovation, funding, education, gender, mentoring, sustainability, intrapreneurship, and leadership that have a long-lasting impact on society, close the gender gap and make significant contributions to economic and social growth. With its activities, the organization contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal on Gender Equality.
GLOBAL INVEST HER https://globalinvesther.com/
Global Invest Her are the go-to global platform for women entrepreneurs who want to get funded faster. It focuses on both B2B and B2C, helping more funding ecosystem players (investors, corporates, accelerators, government bodies and women entrepreneur networks) scale their actions to support more female founders getting funded worldwide. Since 2016, they've worked with AXA, EY and Dell, Enterprise Ireland and ecosystem partners reach out to and support female founders and convince more investors to fund them.
Built by investment experts and entrepreneurs from various industries, Impulse4Women is poised to create a game-changing investment market-place for investors in the technology sector. In addition to matchmaking investors with women technology entrepreneurs, Impulse4Women explores and applies strategies on how to challenge institutional and societal barriers-to-entry for women in tech and how to tackle under-representation.
INSME - The International Network for Small and Medium Enterprises www.insme.org/
The Association gathers innovation and technology transfer stakeholders including governmental bodies, international organizations, NGOs, business support organizations, chambers of commerce on an international scale. INSME offers a wide array of services helping its members to better achieve their goals by taking advantage of cross border connections and collaborations enhanced by the Network: Observatory of Innovation Best Practices. Programmes, initiatives, projects and policies endorsed and implemented by key innovation players that represent successful and “best in class” approaches in the field of entrepreneurship and innovation.
INSTITUTE FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP DEVELOPMENT (iED) https://ied.eu/
Established in 2005, IED is a fast-growing Center of Excellence in European Entrepreneurship. The mission of IED is a simple yet important one. They: Promote Innovation, Enhance the Entrepreneurial Spirit, Promote Entrepreneurial Culture, Enhance the Effectiveness and Viability of Enterprises, Bridge the gap between research and business market. With the use of our EU partner network and our experience in diverse EU funded research programmes focused on entrepreneurship, we have created a Knowledge Hub tailor-made to cover the need of the entrepreneurial world, in the European area.
INTERNATIONAL CREATIVE WOMEN https://www.internationalcreativewomen.nl/
International Creative Women represents a community that connects, supports and promote small creative entrepreneurs. Their vision is to create a supportive and diverse community of women, to help kickstart their own independent entrepreneurial pursuits while encouraging social cohesion. The idea of international creative women is to create a safe and friendly place - online and offline – to facilitate integration for cross culture women so they can interact, learn and grow. The benefits are not only on a business level, but on an emotional level.
KEYMON ANGELS BAN https://keymonventures.com/
Keymon Ventures foster entrepreneurial ecosystem development and angel, seed and early-stage investment activity. Seed and Early-Stage Products: design, structuring and management of traditional and alternative investment tools, seed and Venture Capital fund´s evaluations, financial and legal due diligence, etc. Portfolio Management: clients’ needs and circumstances assessment in terms of their expected return, risk tolerance, constraints, preferences and impact. identification of investment opportunities in angel and venture capital and monitoring until the divestment phase. Organization of contests, events and other activities for start-ups and scale-ups.
LED BY HER https://ledbyher.org/en/
Founded in 2014, Led By HER is the first organization in France to help women victims of violence to rebuild their lives through entrepreneurship. Led By HER is opposed to any form of inequality and violence against women and supports women in their professional projects by raising awareness of the consequences of violence. Its mission is to give these women the training, tools and support they need, and to rally a large community around them so they can get out of social exclusion and contribute to their financial emancipation.
MAKE MOTHERS MATTER https://makemothersmatter.org/
Make Mothers Matter is an international NGO established in 1947 at the UNESCO, voicing the concerns of mothers through advocacy, network and communication in the fields of education, health, peace and economy. The European Delegation voices mother’s concerns to policy makers and other stakeholders to influence policies at the European Union level by proposing concrete solutions in order to achieve a positive change in the lives of mothers. Main areas of activity at EU level include maternal health, gender equality, and conciliation between work and family life.
Mouvement des entreprises de France is the leading network of entrepreneurs in France with over 570,000 member companies. MEDEF Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes's actions in the AURA region include: promoting innovative and cooperative vocational training opportunities, assisting companies in establishing training programs suited to their requirements and needs, encouraging the recruitment and professional upskilling of the workforce, fostering the exchange of innovation, know-how and best practices that can be employed by local companies, accompanying companies in their sustainable growth and development, and encouraging the development of entrepreneurship across the region
OPPORTUNITY NETWORK https://www.opportunitynetwork.com/company/
Opportunity Network is an invite-only network for select CEOs and private investors to grow their businesses worldwide. The platform includes 45,000+ CEOs from 130+ countries and a total transaction flow of ~$380BN. CEOs and investors publish and connect to actionable deals and investment opportunities ranging from early-stage funding to M&A, commercial partnerships, and JVs, both domestically and around the world. All members are screened by prestigious vetting partners, including UBS, ABN Amro, Citizens Bank, Intesa Sanpaolo, Caixabank, Alfa-Bank, Bci, BBVA, Eurobank, Vietinbank, YPO, Dentons, and more.
OXFORD BROOKES UNIVERSITY https://www.brookes.ac.uk/
Oxford Brookes helps businesses and public sector organisations develop profitable solutions to today’s challenges. Our specialist knowledge, expertise, and resources are available to provide practical solutions to today’s problems. Oxford Brookes is an active contributor to the Oxfordshire business community. We engage with local institutions and partners through networks such as Advanced Oxford, we collaborate with other research establishments regionally and nationally and we share our knowledge and expertise.
PWN GLOBAL ASSOCIATION https://pwnglobal.net/
PWN Global is a global network of people accelerating gender balanced leadership in business and society, through professional development and international, cross-industry, online and in-person networking. By becoming a member of the PWN Global community you can: Access a ready built global professional network that will help you to achieve your career aspirations; Learn from diverse sources (local events, mentoring, forums, webinars and dynamic content) how you can advance your career and make a difference to gender balance globally; Become a Corporate Partner and make a difference.
REGIONAL AGENCY FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND INNOVATIONS – VARNA (RAPIV) https://www.rapiv.org/en/
RAPIV is a non -governmental non-for-profit organization established in 2002 aiming to stimulate regional economy through the development of entrepreneurship and innovations. Its members include representatives of 4 types of organizations: central and local government, academic and scientific institutions, NGOs and businesses as well as physical persons.
ROMANIAN NATIONAL CONFEDERATION FOR FEMALE ENTREPRENEURS (CONAF) https://conaf.ro/en/
CONAF has joined forces to develop and promote female entrepreneurial culture in Romania. CONAF wants to create a plan of actions aimed at promoting, defending the economic, social, financial, legal and cultural rights and interests of business women in their relations with central and local public authorities, trade unions or other non-governmental organizations that have responsibilities delegated or assumed in any of the fields of interest to members of the Confederation, as well as in relations with other bodies and bodies in the country and abroad.
SME UNITED https://smeunited.eu//
SMEunited, formally known as UEAPME, is the association of crafts and SMEs in Europe with around 70 member organisations from over 30 European countries. SMEunited is a recognised employers’ organisation and European Social Partner and acts on behalf of crafts and SMEs in the European Social Dialogue and in discussions with the EU institutions. SMEunited builds capacity with SMEunited’s member organisations and entrepreneurs across Europe, so that SMEs benefit from the opportunities offered by the European Union.
TheNextWomen community is made up from a scala of women-led business. An array of sectors is represented as well as different stages. From early-stage start-ups, to fast growing scaleups, family-owned businesses and SME’s. There’s strength in diversity and inclusivity and that’s at the core of TheNextWomen community. TheNextWomen is operated by a team of professionals in the fields of growth, partnerships & projects.
TURKISH CYPRIOT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, Women Entrepreneurship Council
The Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce Women Entrepreneurship Council, was founded by the Chamber assembly in 2020. It aims to contribute to female entrepreneurship by supporting and assisting in areas such as access to finance, training and mentoring along with working in socio-economic areas to improve opportunities for women to join and remain in the work force and business. The Council’s vision is to support and promote women entrepreneurs and initiate a sustainable entrepreneurial environment.
WOMEN FOUNDERS EMOTIONAL CARE (UELLA) https://www.uella.org/
UELLA is a non-profit organization based in Austria - Working globally; Focused on supporting women entrepreneurs to overcome the emotional obstacles, unhelpful beliefs, and setting up healthy boundaries in their everyday life, be it professionally or personally. Experts in the field offer emotional support and the development of crucial psychological skills in entrepreneurship. UELLA’s programs attract women who just started a business and those already in their respective fields and have recognized their weaknesses and imperfections and are not afraid to ask for help.
UNION OF HUNGARIAN WOMEN (UHW) http://mnunio.hu/
The Association of the Union of Hungarian Women (UHW) is an NGO, established in 2013 with the aim to promote values such as love, respect and care to create a future sustainable society. We focus primarily on women living in the countryside by providing support to them. UHW endeavours to be a bridge between women and decision-makers with the aim that economic, social, employment, educational, environmental, health preservation and consumer protection decisions will be taken for the benefit of women and families, and that those decisions support innovation.
WINTRADE GLOBAL ENTREPRENEURS NETWORK https://wintradeglobal.com/
Having hosted business delegations for women all over the world; in Nigeria, South Africa, Ghana, Holland, France, Germany and across North America; looking to do business with women here in the UK, WinTrade Global entrepreneurs Network decided it was time to bring these global networks together, in one place, at one time, and to dedicate a whole week to galvanising the brilliant women working in business across the globe.
WOMEN ENTREPRENEURSHIP GROUP OF THE ENTERPRISE EUROPE NETWORK https://een.ec.europa.eu/
The Enterprise Europe Network helps businesses innovate and grow on an international scale. The Network is active in more than 60 countries worldwide. It brings together 3,000 experts from more than 600 member organizations – all renowned for their excellence in business support. A Sector Group is a group of EEN partners who works together to meet the needs of clients operating in a particular sector. The mission of Sector Group Women Entrepreneurship is to enhance cooperation within the field of women entrepreneurship and service areas of the Network.
WOMEN ENTREPRENEURSHIP PLATFORM http://www.womenentrepreneurshipplatform.org/
Registered since 2015 as a non-profit organisation based in Brussels, WEP is the Secretariat of the European Parliament's Interest Group on Women Entrepreneurs. WEP aims to be a driving force ensuring that by 2030, women make up 50 per cent entrepreneurs in Europe, allowing for a more inclusive society and sustainable economy. Mission: Represent and endorse the interests of its members on the EU scene and promote and create a non-stop dialogue with women entrepreneur organizations, all sector and industry organisations, and EU institutions.
WOMEN ON TOP https://womenontop.gr/en/
Women On Top is an organization for the professional empowerment of women and for equality at the workplace. Using mentoring, lifelong learning, consulting and content creation as tools, Women on top seeks to support working and unemployed women and their environment so that together can create a more equal future for all.
WOMEN’S ENTERPRISE SCOTLAND (WES) https://www.wescotland.co.uk/
WES undertakes regular research, trains business advisors in the provision of gender-specific business support and trains women in business creation, business leadership and growth. WES also manages a role model Ambassador programme. In 2020, WES launched the freely accessible digital platform whereas the Women’s Business Centre https://womensbusinesscentre.com/ provides expert, needs based, gender specific support to help women bring their commercial ideas to life and to flourish as business owners.
WOMEN’S ENTREPRENEUSHIP DAY ORGANISATION (WEDO) http://www.womenseday.org/
WEDO was started by social entrepreneur and humanitarian Wendy Diamond, to empower, celebrate, and support women in business worldwide. WED works globally to empower women and girls to become active participants in the economy by igniting a network of women leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs to initiate start-ups, drive economic expansion, and advance communities around the world. In order to achieve this ambitious goal, WED builds and catalyses the vital networks of like-minded individuals and organizations that women business leaders need in order to realize their full potential and change the world.
WOMEN’S BUSINESS INITIATIVE INTERNATIONAL (WBII) https://womensbusinessinitiative.net/
WBII is a community of entrepreneurial women. Through active collaboration the members create a professional platform for promotion and a dynamic network for the exchange of knowledge. Founded in 2006, the main purpose of the WBII is to connect, inspire and support female entrepreneurs in growing their business. WBII exists by and for members. Membership fees help open the door and allow the WBII to exist, and for that we are all thankful. The pro-activeness of our members enriches and enhances the value of the network.
YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS ORGANISATION OF THE EUROPEAN UNION (JEUNE) https://jeune-europe.org/
JEUNE was launched in 1994, having the headquarters in Brussels. At the moment, JEUNE represents over 1,660,000 young people interested in entrepreneurship from 15 countries. JEUNE is interested in making sure that the voice of young entrepreneurs from Europe is heard in the dialogue that we are permanently developing with the main European institutions. JEUNE activities are focused on promotion of entrepreneurship, lobby initiatives for programs dedicated to young people, networking events, trainings for young entrepreneurs, partnerships with European institutions aiming to create a permanent dialogue for the development of policies and programs dedicated to young entrepreneurs, business incubation.
ZUKUNFT.UNTERNEHMEN GGMBH https://zukunft-unternehmen.io/
The Zukunft.Unternehmen provide space for: Working, testing, being creative, starting up, getting started, failing, restarting, networking, exchanging ideas and further training. Providing network with: Founders, innovators and multipliers from the start-up scene and the (regional) economy. Support with: innovative projects - from brainstorming to business model development to implementation.