Published May 30, 2015
Economic growth , Education , global women entrepreneurs
Tags: GEDI, GEW, Global Entrepreneurship and Development, Global Entrepreneurship Week, take businesses global, untapped global economic potential, WEGG, women entrepreneurs grow global
According to the International Labor Organization, there are 812 million women living in developing countries with the potential to contribute more fully to their economies. Furthermore, in emerging markets, supporting women to be entrepreneurial, not to mention globally entrepreneurial, helps reduce poverty for women, their families and their communities.
And yet, according to Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), the Gender GEDI (Global Entrepreneurship and Development Index) found that in nearly three quarters of the 30 countries surveyed, conditions for female entrepreneurship and business growth were unfavorable. That’s where WEGG will be stepping in to make a difference.
Along with GEW, we will drive a worldwide movement to engage, support and train female entrepreneurs to take their businesses global. Watch for more news on this coming soon.
Meanwhile, pay a visit to GEW to see how you might get involved in their women’s entrepreneurial push November 16-22, 2015.
Women are a driving force in our global economy. That’s part of the reason we started WEGG back in 2008! Jack Ma, founder of China-based e-commerce platform Alibaba, recently announced to the world his support for women and youth entrepreneurs, and said that they were the driving force behind his “She Era” conference that he organized in Hangzhou, capital of east China’s Zhejiang Province, on May 20.
Ma said this:
“The world will become more beautiful in terms of women’s engagement.”
Beautiful may not be the only word to describe the contributions women are making not just in China but the rest of the world. In China alone, for example, more than half of online stores are opened by full-time housewives, especially on Alibaba’s business-to-customer platforms including Taobao.com and Tmall.com.
At WEGG, we believe the world will become more prosperous and healthier as a result of women’s contributions worldwide. You watch. WEGG is on a mission to prove it. And we have every intention to reach out to Jack Ma for support.
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Before the Internet, women had a difficult time getting access to markets and networking or finding like-minded individuals with whom they could end their isolation, share challenges, and gain access to strategic information. Now, however, there are hundreds of women-centric online community forums readily available and designed specifically for women business owners who desire to connect with women the world over, acquire knowledge, develop enriching relationships, and keep learning and growing.
There has never been a better time to be a woman entrepreneur on a global scale. In the future, you will see greater efforts put into helping women succeed in the global marketplace because if women think they can succeed at it and are supported, they will. WEGG will play a major role in making that happen.
Learn more: Issues Confronting Women Business Owners Who Currently Export or Plan to Export
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Though certain pockets of the country have higher levels of female entrepreneurship than others, research by the Center for Women in Business and supported by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation shows that any community with determination can build a supportive network for its local women-owned businesses. Women are working tirelessly to export, create jobs, solve problems, and strengthen America’s long-term competitiveness. It is clear that when communities help women in business succeed, they ultimately help America succeed as well.
It is no surprise then that the face of entrepreneurship is changing:
Over the last 15 years, women-owned firms have grown by one and a half times the rate of other small enterprises and now account for almost 30 percent of all businesses. Additionally, one in five firms with revenue of $1 million or more is woman-owned.
Further, as women-owned and women-led enterprises scale up their businesses, they will ultimately serve national and international markets in unique and groundbreaking ways. WEGG will play a key role in helping women grow globally.
Read the report … Women-Owned Businesses Carving a New American Business Landscape
Screenshot courtesy: Women-Owned Businesses report
Sydney network Heads Over Heels is designed to rival “the boys club.”
Every few months, 70 high-powered executives meet for Heads Over Heels. They listen to business pitches from female entrepreneurs, then break into small, revolving “huddles,” where the women “call out” for customers, money or advice.
What are the results?
- StorReduce co-founder Vanessa Wilson raised $400,000 in seed funding.
- Event software company Ivvy raised $1 million.
- Enabled Employment raised close to $400,000 in seed funding.
Are you ready to grow? Then reach out to Heads Over Heels. Learn more.
Screenshot courtesy: Heads Over Heels