WEgate Toward strategic policy framework for women entrepreneurship
By reshaping the women entrepreneurship support, we can improve the prospects for the future generations of women entrepreneurs and contribute to a balanced and more inclusive European economy.
This policy brief summarizes the findings of the WEgate thematic group on women’s entrepreneurship policy. It highlights the key challenges and recommendations for policymaking in four areas: gender mainstreaming, evidence-based policymaking, finance & funding for women entrepreneurs, and stakeholders’ engagement in policy development. For each policy area, a set of recommendations is being proposed, targeting policymakers at both the European and national levels.
One of the aims of WEgate is to increase the visibility of women entrepreneurs and to promote discussion on important topics for improving the conditions for women’s entrepreneurship development. For addressing key areas of interest of women’s entrepreneurship development, dedicated WEgate Thematic groups (TGs) are formed as ad-hoc groups within the WEgate Community. The first WEgate TG is dedicated to Women Entrepreneurship policies and programmes, analysing the public policy challenges for better support of the European women entrepreneurs. As a result of this group, the policy brief ‘’Toward strategic policy framework form women entrepreneurship’’ was created.
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7th Mar 2022
Who are we?
The European Small Business Alliance (ESBA) is a respected, apolitical, and influential advocate for European entrepreneurs. We are the campaigning voice for the modern European entrepreneur.
Independent. Knowledgeable. Influential. Challenging. And Loud.
Who are our members?
ESBA campaigns on behalf of a million small businesses throughout Europe, all of whom (whether they are micros, self employed, traditional family businesses, or hi-tech startups), share one very important thing in common. They are all entrepreneurs.
What do they want?
Our members told us that they wanted an organisation that looks like them, thinks like them, talks like them, and that really understands them.
They wanted to see innovation and creativity in the way we approach our job of representing their interests.
They want someone to be a voice for them, to talk about their needs and their problems to the EU institutions.
They also want an organisation to represent them in a twenty-first century way, using twenty-first century techniques.
And finally, they said they would like to belong to a truly diverse membership, full of the young (not forgetting the young at heart), women entrepreneurs, those from minority ethnic cultures, the immigrant searching for a better life, the socially responsible environmentally conscious entrepreneur, the disabled, those who pursue modern lifestyles, and those who thirst to learn new ways to grow their business.
They told us. We listened.
What do we campaign for?
In order to improve the lives of all European entrepreneurs, ESBA regularly seeks the views of its membership and uses them to create the ‘ESBA Manifesto for Change‘. Then we campaign hard to convince government to make these changes.
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What are the benefits of membership?
We offer the help, advice, information and support that our members seek, with services based on listening to their needs and concerns. We campaign on behalf of our members using our unique ‘Manifesto for Change’, a policy stance that they help design.
But the biggest benefit our members enjoy is that we provide them with a voice where it matters, in Brussels.
An independent voice.
A voice for change.