Ready for Business- Women Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Europe Lunch Debate

Tuesday, 07 March 2017 | 11:30 – 14:00 | European Parliament, Brussels

IGWEAdvancing gender equality and achieving economic growth are both priorities of the European Union. These aims are mutually advanced through women’s entrepreneurship and innovation.

Women constitute 52% of the total European population but only 34.4% of the EU self-employed. Only about one third of the EU’s start-ups are created by women. While some positive steps are evident, additional efforts are clearly needed in the promotion and analysis of the current trends and best practices concerning female entrepreneurship in Europe. In particular, there is a need to consider those essential factors that allow an innovation to grow and entrepreneurship to succeed. With this in mind, the Women Entrepreneurship Platform (WEP) together with the European Interest Group of Women Entrepreneurs in the European Parliament (IGWE) chaired by MEP Sirpa Pietikäinen, together with are delighted to organise a lunch debate to discuss European support measures for women’s entrepreneurship and innovation. If you have any questions, please contact Elisa Falliti via