In Europe, women outnumber men but they account for only 22 percent of entrepreneurs. Why is that? According to Tiziana Pompei, Deputy Secretary-General of the Italian Chamber of Commerce:
“Women are currently focusing their (entrepreneurial) activities in sectors such as commerce, tourism, farming and personal services,” Pompei explained. “There are still too few companies owned by women but they are on the rise, especially thanks to young women investing in the digital and innovative sectors.”
To boost women’s entrepreneurship in Europe, the following is needed:
- Women must push forward on their own because there is an increasing number of women in the EU who are willing to start their own business but don’t.
- An increase in innovative sectors such as biotech and digital, that offer women new opportunities to go into business.
- Female researchers, where women are the majority, must apply their scientific experience that they gained by working at universities to their startups.
Read more about the importance of supporting women entrepreneurs in Europe.
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