Whereas women are heading almost 30 percent of the 18 million SMEs in Europe, they are managing only 6 percent of the European research projects for SMEs.
The starting point of the WomEn2FP6 project – Enterprising Women into European Research (FP6) - led by Steinbeis Europa Zentrum was the realisation that women entrepreneurs very often are not aware of the possibilities offered by the 6th Framework Programme (FP6) and that almost none of them participate in transnational cooperation.
The basic aim of WomEn2FP6 was to integrate women entrepreneurs in European research projects.
Involving 15 partners from ten EU Member States, the project targeted the reduction of existing regional gaps in support of women entrepreneurs through transregional learning, training courses and seminars. Most of the partners have worked together in the thematic network ProWomEn.
Within the framework of the project over 800 women entrepreneurs participated in activities and have been trained. The project partners have been successfully integrating women entrepreneurs from 10 European countries in 50 European project proposals. About 180 profiles of enterprises are accessible by means of the internet platform.
The flyer "Developing a gender lens for supporting European Research Participation" summarises the main findings of the European project WomEn2FP6.
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