Entrepreneurship is a woman! EIW 695826 COS-EYE-2015-4-01

The main aim of the EIW project is to enhance and promote entrepreneurship in EU and thus to increase the competitiveness of European SMEs and potential start-ups by establishing exchange of experience between new and experienced entrepreneurs, access to new markets, finding potential business partners and business networking. The duration of the mobility action will be from one to three months. In general, the project should reach at least 70 mobility actions involving directly 140 entrepreneurs during the project implementation.

Women’s experiences in the business creation are different from those of men. Women go towards different type of business. Their business is usually based in lack of perspectives to find a job after maternity etc. The consortium aim is to promote the unusual business creations in order to find the needs and business opportunities in small, excluded, poor areas where there are no place big innovative IT companies but there is place for ecological food, care services, services for kids, young mothers, gastronomy, and education). Women are therefore forming an increasingly significant portion of the SME sector, which is the major source of new jobs. Yet women continue to face barriers to entrepreneurial activity in comparison with men. If Europe is to benefit fully from the female potential for job creation and economic growth, decision-makers at local national and European level must agree measures to ensure the best possible framework to support women’s entrepreneurship.

In order to effectively contribute to promoting growth and strengthening competitiveness and sustainability of enterprises in the European Union on the long term, EIW ” Entrepreneurship is a woman!” will address the five challenges set out in the COSME Work programme, with a strong emphasis on intensifying the sustainable internationalization of SME’s.