According to studies, American women currently are starting twice the number of businesses as their male counterparts. Author Julia Pimsleur believes there is a significant difference between female- and male-owned businesses and that difference is that most women are in small-business mode — and seemingly stuck there. Only 3 percent of female businesses owners have companies that generate more than $1 million. She talks about this in her just released book, “Million Dollar Women: The Essential Guide for Female Entrepreneurs Who Want to Go Big.”
Entrepreneurs today want what Pimsleur calls “the Triple Win”: money, meaning and mobility. While money is a traditional measure of success, women today also want to do work that has meaning. Mobility translates into flexibility — freedom to stay home with a sick child and to leave work at the office.
Pimsleur knows the business ownership territory well — she is the CEO and creator of Little Pim, an international company that produces award-winning programs for young children to learn foreign languages. Started as a part-time endeavor from her home, Little Pim now has markets in 22 countries.
Read more: CEO shares insights for women entrepreneurs
Screenshot courtesy: Little Pim
For those women interested in exporting this unusual Japanese fashion trend to other countries, it’s a set of cat-themed lingerie (as shown) that are flying off the shelves in Japan.
On the surface, the Japanese underwear looks like a regular pair of bra and panties. What gives it a distinctive touch is the subtle texture around the seams, which is designed to resemble cat fur. Currently, the most popular styles are black cat, Tabby, and Siamese. In addition to the fur texture, the most noticeable aspects of the lingerie are the cat tail that ties to the back of the underwear and the included set of cat ears. The tails tie onto the underwear with silk and match the bows decorating the intimate apparel. The Tabby set even comes with its own choker that resembles a collar.
You never know when you have a hot-selling product on your hands. Felissimo is the company responsible for the underwear line. The question becomes: Will the cat-themed lingerie sell outside of Japan?
Read more: Japan Loves Women In Cat-Themed Lingerie
Kalraj Mishra, the Indian Union Cabinet Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in the BJP-led NDA government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched ‘SWAYAM’, a support cell for women entrepreneurs to seek proposals for starting enterprises by them through the use of social media.
As part of his educational initiatives, Narenda Modi, the newly elected prime minister for India, is expected to go live with three courses through SWAYAM.
The first three courses are:
Modi vowed to increase efforts to eradicate poverty, create employment opportunities for the country’s young workers and provide a safer environment for women.
Read more: Kalraj Mishra launches support cell ‘SWAYAM’ for women entrepreneurs
Related: 10 Powerful Women Entrepreneurs in India
The recent Global Startup Ecosystem (GSE) Ranking report found that “the trend for female entrepreneurs is significantly up,” with the number of new businesses started by women rising by 80 per cent in the past three years. While startups in the past were sprung forth nearly entirely from places like Silicon Valley and Boston, the span of locations today includes cities from all over the globe — making it excellent news pretty much no matter where you live.
The rise of crowdfunding has seen a “democratisation” in the business world, allowing more and more women to successfully start their own companies.
Expert Market has drawn data based on the GSE Ranking report to rank the top 20 cities in the world for startups founded by women and the percentage averages in each continent. Chicago (my hometown) just happens to be No. 1!
Read more: The 20 best cities int he world for female entrepreneurs
Infographic courtesy: www.expertmarket.co.uk