Female Entrepreneurs: Mentoring and Lifelong learning across Europe

fe:male project launch PDF Print E-mail
Written by Louise Norman   
Thursday, 28 April 2011 09:03

female project launchSheffield in the UK saw the launch of the fe:male project in January. Representatives from Cyprus, Malta, the Netherlands, Italy and the UK met for the first time to explore the issues facing female entrepreneurs and put in place our plans for the next two years.


Partners presented research about the situation of female entrepreneurship in their countries. On average, about 30% of self-employed people were women in each country. What is interesting, however, is that although there was some support in each country for female entrepreneurs, there was barely any which looked at soft skills such as confidence, goal-setting and negotiation skills.

The GEM report on female entrepreneurship identified that having female entrepreneurs in their social circle was a key factor in whether a woman would set up a business. Knowing female entrepreneurs makes it more likely that you will have someone to be able to talk to, share your thoughts with and ask for advice. This is a key ingredient in encouraging more women to start their own business - sharing soft skills.

Fe:male aims to bring female entrepreneurs across Europe together to inspire and encourage each other. By focusing on soft skills, in the Mentoring Circles™ programme we will support potential female entrepreneurs to develop their soft skills and take their first steps to setting up their business. For more information, sign up to our newsletter.