Background for boxed layout
Women make up 52% of the total European population but only 34.4% of the European Union (EU) self-employed and 30% of start-up entrepreneurs.
In 2012, only 29% of active entrepreneurs were women in Europe-37 (28 EU countries, Albania, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Iceland, Israel, Turkey, Liechtenstein, Montenegro, Norway and Serbia).
In 2012, the top five countries with the highest entrepreneurship rates for women were Greece, Albania, Portugal, Italy and Croatia.
Many blame the low figures on the lack of confidence and fear of failure.
What we know for sure is that when establishing and running a business, women face challenges like access to finance, information, business networks and training, and reconciling business and family. We cannot tackle all of these at the same time, but we want to make sure that women have all the possible support tools at their disposal.
WEgate, a new gateway for women's entrepreneurship in Europe supported by the European Commission. This unique European platform combines all the information and resources needed to start and grow a business.
Access to finance, access to business networks, where to get help in your region, tips, training and learning opportunities, mentoring programmes, good practices, case studies, success stories and related news and events can all be found on WEgate. At the same time, the platform also acts as a hub for online networking, exchange and cooperation among aspiring and current women entrepreneurs and stakeholders.
*Source: ‘Statistical data on Women entrepreneurs in Europe’ (September 2014)