09 February 2018

Press Release: EYIF and the United States Mission to the European Union build a Transatlantic partnership to drive innovation for women entrepreneurs


More than 160 people attended “A Transatlantic Perspective on Women in Entrepreneurship: Success Stories and Challenges”, an event organized by EYIF and the United States Mission to the European Union on the 30th of January as the starting point of a strong transatlantic partnership aiming at supporting women in entrepreneurship on both sides of the Atlantic.

This event is clearly a starting point: Women in entrepreneurship will be one of my priorities in my mandate as President of EYIF”

–  Nicholas Zylberglajt  EYIF President

The event hosted at the European Parliament was supported by MEP Angelika Mlinar and attracted high level speakers who joined  the conversation about the main challenges women entrepreneurs face and the exchange of best practices across the Atlantic. Just to name a few:

MEP Marietje Schaake, EYIF President Nicholas Zylberglajt, Minister Counselor for Public Affairs Christina Tomlinson and  Isidro Laso Ballesteros the Head of Startup Europe at the European Commission, Itxaso Del Palacio – Investment Partner at  Microsoft Ventures

The Transatlantic economic relationship is the largest and most powerful in the world with over $3 bn in daily trade in goods and services. We want to see women in this room and entrepreneurs, throughout America and Europe, drive this potential forward.

Christina Tomlinson, Minister Counselor for Public Affairs, United States Mission to the European Union

Access to finance was identified as one of the main impediment women entrepreneurs face and the emphasis was put on the need to change the nature of VCs and the venture capital industry which is very male oriented.

Only 3% of world VC funding in the past 15 years, went to women entrepreneurs

– Emerald de Leeuw – CEO of Eurocomply and the winner of the “European Young Innovators” 2017 prize.

As concrete actions on the subject, EYIF has set on the agenda for 2018 to:

  • Organize a roadshow on access to finance for women founders, across Europe with top VCs;
  • A programme to select, train and promote women entrepreneurs role models across Europe;
  • Support existing mentoring Women Entrepreneurs Networks;
  • Work hand-in-hand with policy makers to finance policies promoting women entrepreneurship, in particular in view of the next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF)

About EYIF

EYIF – the leading Foundation for Youth Innovation in Europe – is an independent, non-profit, pan-European association reaching over 500,000 young people across Europe.

We provide thought leadership on innovation and entrepreneurship and support young innovators, entrepreneurs and innovation Hubs in Europe by building a dynamic and connected ecosystem.

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