Europe is not fully exploiting its entrepreneurial potential, and lags behind the USA in both business start-ups and self-employment. Moreover, compared with men, fewer women are self-employed in the EU, fewer women start-up businesses or have the ambition to do so, and women generally choose to start and manage firms in industries such as retail and services to people that are often perceived as being less crucial to economic development and the knowledge economy.
Women’s intellectual potential and their contribution to Europe’s competitiveness are not being maximised. DG Enterprise and Industry is seeking to promote female entrepreneurship and, in particular, seeking to support women innovators/inventors who wish to become entrepreneurs, and women who want to set up a business in science and technology fields.
Woman, Thy Name is Entrepreneur