“Women entrepreneurs in Horizon 2020 and beyond”

Invitation to exchange about women’s performance, engagement and opportunities in Horizon 2020[1] and beyond

Although women constitute 52% of the total EU population, they represent only one third of the self-employed workforce and 30% of its start-up population. And here they constitute the majority of one person enterprises (78%). The areas of business that women prefer are health and social work activities, services and education.

Female creativity and entrepreneurial potential are an under-exploited source of economic growth. The main challenges faced by female entrepreneurs are related to access to finance, access to information, access to business partnering networks as well as reconciling business obligations and family life.

EMPOWA[2] will bring together:

  • organisations supporting women entrepreneurship,
  • stakeholders fostering women in technology and innovation oriented businesses,
  • EU organisations and institutions encouraging women entrepreneurs,
  • private organisations interested in women entrepreneurs,
  • (political) influencers/representatives interested in boosting women entrepreneurship.

The aim is to discuss measures, experiences and suggestions for supporting women entrepreneurs. Key questions are:

  • How to ensure a higher participation of women (entrepreneurs) in EU funding instruments?
  • How to shape European research and innovation funding instruments to better integrate female entrepreneurs?

When: 18th September 2018 | 9:30 – 15:30

Where: Representation of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia to the European Union, Rue Montoyer 47, 1000 Brussels

Agenda: click here

The event is free of charge. Please register here:


[1] Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever. Seen as a means to drive economic growth and create jobs, Horizon 2020 has the political backing of Europe’s leaders and the Members of the European Parliament. Horizon 2020 is open to everyone! The programme covers different sections. One section funds high-potential innovation developed by SMEs through the SME instrument. In the next three years around 4000 SMEs will be selected to receive funding under the SME instrument call.

[2] EMPOWA is a project to enhance more participation of women entrepreneurs’ activities in Horizon 2020.