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RESOURCES FOR ENTREPRENEURS

Guides, videos, podcasts, tips to create and grow businesses.
The websites listed below provide practical resources and tools for entrepreneurs.

The websites listed below provide practical resources and tools for entrepreneurs.
A comprehensive guide on how to build a good business plan.

www.afecreation.fr
Comprehensive and practical contents by the French public agency for entrepreneurship.

www.sba.gov
The US government’s small business association website is a compilation of useful tips and pointers on how to navigate the US administration.
What we liked: The SBA Learning Center which features e-learning classes free of charge upon registration.

www.kauffman.org
The Kaufman’s Foundation website for entrepreneurship.
What we liked: The online entrepreneurship channel, the list of events worldwide.

www.ilo.org
The International Labour organization’s department for women’s entrepreneurship developement.

www.entrepreneur.com
A list of 200 essential tools and resources for entrepreneurs building a business

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USEFUL NETWORKS

Women entrepreneurs networks around the world.

International
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Global Women Inventors & Innovators Network is a global network which aims to increase the number of innovative women embracing enterprise.

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Women's World Banking is a non-profit microfinance organization working in more than 30 countries worldwide to bring financial services and information to low-income women entrepreneurs. Our network of 51 rapidly-growing microfinance institutions and banks currently serves over 23 million micro-entrepreneurs in Asia, Africa, Latin America, Eastern Europe and the Middle East.

AFRICA
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Moroccan women entrepreneurs association (AFEM) is an independent association created in 2000 that aims to promote enterprise development and to offer women business owners the opportunity to network, to level their competences and to contribute to the development of Morocco's national economy.

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Gone Rural is one of Swaziland's top producers of handmade products, committed to supporting rural women. The benefit of this andcraft business indirectly reaches approximately 6,300 rural Swazi people.

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E+L Foundation is a Kenyan private trust whose aim is to create a differentiated breed of entrepreneurs across Africa who will transform economies long term by building enduring global enterprises. We use short, medium and long term entrepreneurship mentorship programs for impact by leveraging the power of the “Paying It Forward” concept.

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Femmes Entrepreneures a pour ambition de promouvoir l'entreprenariat féminin, de faire connaitre les femmes leaders en Afrique et de bénéficier de leurs expériences et conseils.

ASIA
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The Asian University for Women is a new university that will offer a world-class liberal arts education combined with professional training to a diverse group of the most talented women in South Asia. By empowering women to assume leadership positions, AUW will promote a more equitable, stable and prosperous future in South Asia.

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TiE is the global organization fostering entrepreneurship through mentoring, networking and education. In the last 10 years, TiE Delhi has emerged as the forum of choice for startups, entrepreneurs, investors, policy makers and academia.

Europe
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Paris Pionnières is the first women incubator in innovative services BtoB &BtoC in France.

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The National Female Entrepreneurs Agency (Die bundesweite gründerinnenagentur - bga) is the first and only country-wide information and service centre promoting female entrepreneurship in Germany.

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The British Association of Women Entrepreneurs (BAWE) is open to women who own or control a company whatever its size. BAWE provides excellent opportunities for social and business networking.

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European Professional Women's Network (EPWN) is a vibrant growing pan-European network of more than 12 women's organisations whose objective is to provide women with the tools, networks and support they need to assume leadership.

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Femmes Business Angels is a network of professional women involved as investors in start-up companies with a high potential, coaching entrepreneurs and promoting the active participation of women in the investment process and the development of new business opportunities.

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Club for Women Entrepreneurs provides enhancement of entrepreneurial skills through sharing of knowledge and experience, occasions to sample expertise in fields related to corporate management and networking opportunities in view of client acquisition.

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INNOVATECH, is a non-profit organization based in Hainault (Belgium) which aims at encouraging industries and in particular, small and medium size enterprises to innovate. It offers legal and technological counselling services among others.

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LSA is an organization which groups various women organizations and clubs from all over Latvia. LSA has significant experience in organizing education and self-development activities for women.

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JUMP is the first General Public Forum dedicated to women's professional life and to their career planning. Its ambition is to:
- To make best use of all the skills that women have to offer in the labour market.
- To help women discover their competences and to get other people to recognise them.
JUMP is the place to meet, discuss, brainstorm and participate in training sessions.

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Designed for the ambitious woman who wants to progress on the career ladder, JETS Women, based in Germany, offers a unique and genuinely added value programme for achieving personal and professional goals.

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Prowess is the UK association of organisations and individuals who support women to start and grow businesses. Prowess has over 250 members who support 100,000 women in business each year.

North America
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American Business Women Association (ABWA)'s mission is to bring together businesswomen of diverse occupations and to provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking support and national recognition.

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National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO®) is the voice of America's 10.6 million women-owned businesses and since 1975 has helped women evolve their businesses by sharing resources and providing a single voice to shape economic and public policy.

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Ladies Who Launch provides content and community to help women start and expand their businesses and creative ventures. Through their events, e-mail newsletter, website and in-person Incubator programs Ladies Who Launch provides a venue for motivated women to exchange products and services, ideas, and strategic relationships.

Middle East
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Mompreneurs Middle East is a B2B platform in the Middle East supporting female entrepreneurs to promote and grow their business. The website provides a platform for female entrepreneurs to connect with each other, share expertise, advice, and recommendations and contacts. It is a one-stop information portal where members can access information regarding various events and exhibitions taking place in the region or find suppliers and partners in various fields.

Facts & Figures

Facts and figures on female entrepreneurship worldwide.

International
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2014 Report on Women’s Entrepreneurship
Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, Babson College and London Business School
Download the PDF document

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The GEDI Female Entrepreneurship Index
The GEDI (Global Entrepreneurship and Development Institute) measures the development of high potential female entrepreneurship worldwide.
Download the report

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Overcoming the Gender Gap : Women Entrepreneurs as Economic Drivers
A study by the Erwing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Read the study

Africa
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2015 Africa Gender Equality Index
It the only index that provides evidence on gender equality for 52 of Africa’s 54 countries and was designed not just to measure gender inequality, but to promote development.
Read the report

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Doing Business 2015: Sub-Saharan Africa
Doing Business sheds light on how easy or difficult it is for a local entrepreneur to open and run a small to medium-size business in Sub-Saharan Africa when complying with relevant regulations.
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Asia & the Pacific
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Doing Business 2015: South Asia
Doing Business sheds light on how easy or difficult it is for a local entrepreneur to open and run a small to medium-size business in South-Asia when complying with relevant regulations.
Read the report

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Jobs, Gender and Small Enterprises in Bangladesh
International Labour Organisation (ILO), 2001
Read the report

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Women entrepreneurs in India: Problems, Motivations and Success Factors
Journal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, University of Regina, Canada, 2001
Read the report

Europe
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Statistical data on Women entrepreneurs in Europe
In 2014, the European Commission published a study on statistical data on women entrepreneurs in Europe
Read the study

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Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan
The Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan is the European Commission's answer to challenges brought by the economic crisis. It is a blueprint for action to unleash Europe's entrepreneurial potential, remove existing obstacles and revolutionize the culture of entrepreneurship in the EU.
Read the report

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Women’s Entrepreneuship : Closing the Gender Gap in Access to Financial and Other Services in Social Entrepreneurship
The main aims of the study include identifying differences in rates of entrepreneurial activity between men and women as well as the barriers, which might explain the differences.
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Latin America
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Unlocking the Potential of Women Entrepreneurs in Latin America and the Carribean
The purpose of this study is to identify and analyze high-growth female entrepreneurs and promote their participation in the business world.
Read the report

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Identifying the Obstacles to High-Impact Entrepreneurship in Latin America and the
Caribbean
This study uses the findings of the GEDI (Global Entrepreneurship and Development Index) and several case studies to a paint a picture of the current state of entrepreneurship in Latin America
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North America
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The 2014 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report
This report commissioned by American Express OPEN is a investigation into the state of women-owned businesses in the United States.
Read the report

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Exporting as a Means of Growth for Women-Owned Canadian SMEs
Journal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, University of Regina, Canada, 2004
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Middle East and North Africa
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Women Entrepreneurs in the Middle East and North Africa (2004)
By surveying women business owners in Bahrain, Jordan, Lebanon, Tunisia, and the United Arab Emirates, this report identifies key characteristics and challenges faced by women entrepreneurs in the region as well as recommendations for solving these challenges.
Read the report