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ABOUT 2017-11-23T10:40:44+00:00

CrossEUWBA Project

Over the last decade, the role of women entrepreneurs has significantly gain in importance. The EU recognizes Women Entrepreneurs as a source of untapped entrepreneurial potential that has to be more efficiently supported. In order to support the growth and development of startup and early-stage businesses run by women, arises the idea of Women business angels – female angels investors, who are interested in investing their expertise, time and money into (fe)male start-ups.

The project “CrossEUWBA” (or “Enhancing the cross-sector emergence of new women business angels across Europe”) is a two-year-project co-funded by the European Union. The project pursues the overall objective of facilitating the funding of women entrepreneurs (WE) through women business angels (WBAs) and contributing to the creation of a sustainable base of private investment in Europe.

The CrossEUWBA project brings together the expertise of six entities from 5 European countries with the expertise in the women entrepreneurs.

  • Active WBA club: Informal WBA club run by Fundacja Przedsiębiorczości Kobiet (FPK) – Poland;
  • Chambers of Commerce and Industry:
    • Italienische Handelskammer für Deutschland (ITKAM) – Germany (lead partner)
    • Heraklion Chamber of Commerce and Cndustry (HCCI) – Greece
  • Business support organizations: Slovak Business Agency (SBA) – Slovakia; Innogate to Europe (INNO) – Spain; Polish Agency for Enterprise Development (PARP) – Poland.

The consortium partners intend to channel this expertise by focusing on the general objective pursuing the following specific objectives:

  • better understand the success factors, obstacles and challenges that women are facing to become WBAs to increase the number of WBAs in Europe, particularly in countries with low participation
  • increase the diversity of WBAs and the number of sectors that benefit from WBA investment
  • increase the number of ready-for investment women entrepreneurs’ projects
  • effectively match WBAs and WE, also through cross-border investments
  • network, build a community and contribute to promoting a favourable and sustainable environment for the emergence of WBA networks/association/clubs

Many women have a dream in a form of their own special business, or they are sitting on an idea, that would deserve their undivided attention. There are many different barriers that could stand in their way: fear, missing support, lack of information about solutions to problems they see on daily bases. On the other hand, there are successful businesswomen, who would like to invest and support a good idea but do not know where or how.

CrossEUWBA consortium and partners

The CrossEUWBA project brings together the expertise of six entities from 5 European countries with the expertise in the women entrepreneurs.

Italian Chamber of Commerce for Germany

Slovak Business Agency (SBA)

Polish Agency for Enterprise Development

Innogate to Europe (INNO)

Heraklion Chamber of Commerce and Industry (HCCI)

Fundacja Przedsiębiorczości Kobiet / Women’s Entrepreneurship Foundation (FPK)