Women in Business: 350,000 euros to encourage female entrepreneurship in Brussels – Economic Policy

The Brussels government is launching a new call for projects to support entrepreneurs. Called “Women in Business”, it aims to support women who are underrepresented in entrepreneurship in particular.

The female entrepreneurship barometer of hub.brussels published in 2020 revealed that in 10 years, the number of self-employed women has decreased by 30% in the Brussels Region, and even more than 50% for additional self-employed.

However, men are still 2.5 times more likely than women to be self-employed in Brussels. Independents are in the minority in most economic sectors in the Region, and in particular in the technical and technological sectors.

According to the Secretaries of State for Economic Transition Barbara Trachte (Ecolo) and for Equal Opportunities, Nawal Ben Hamou (PS), the Covid crisis has also affected women more, in particular because they are more active in TPE, in sectors such as Horeca, events, contact professions or small businesses.

The call for projects is also part of the Region’s Economic Transition strategy, which aims to create an environment favorable to entrepreneurship, including diversity.

The budget for this “Women in business” call for projects is €350,000 to support private actors with projects supporting (candidate) entrepreneurs over one year. The winners will have to set up, at their choice, support programs for candidate entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs, or programs, activities and events for mentoring, mutual aid or coaching, in particular supported by networks of entrepreneurs.

The budgets per project will range from 35,000 euros to 100,000 euros. The projects will be selected by a jury according to criteria such as the quality of the support and the adequacy of the target public with the objective of inclusion of the call.

Applications can be received until July 15.

The female entrepreneurship barometer of hub.brussels published in 2020 revealed that in 10 years, the number of self-employed women has decreased by 30% in the Brussels Region, and even more than 50% for additional self-employed. However, men are still 2.5 times more likely than women to be self-employed in Brussels. Independents are in the minority in most economic sectors in the Region, and in particular in the technical and technological sectors. According to the Secretaries of State for Economic Transition Barbara Trachte (Ecolo) and for Equal Opportunities, Nawal Ben Hamou (PS), the Covid crisis has also affected women more, in particular because they are more active in TPE, in sectors such as Horeca, events, contact professions or small businesses. The call for projects is also part of the Region’s Economic Transition strategy, which aims to create an environment favorable to entrepreneurship, including diversity. The budget for this “Women in business” call for projects is €350,000 to support private actors with projects supporting (candidate) entrepreneurs over one year. The winners will have to set up, at their choice, support programs for candidate entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs, or programs, activities and events for mentoring, mutual aid or coaching, in particular supported by networks of entrepreneurs. The budgets per project range from 35,000 euros to 100,000 euros. The projects will be selected by a jury according to criteria such as the quality of the support and the adequacy of the target public with the objective of inclusion of the call. Applications can be received until July 15.

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