The European EMPOWA BarCamp event 'Women entrepreneurs in Horizon 2020 and beyond' will be held on 18 September in Brussels. The goal of the event is the exchange of opinions, experiences and suggestions about women’s performance, engagement and opportunities in Horizon 2020 and beyond. The National Documentation Centre (EKT), co-ordinator of the EMPOWA project and Enterprise Europe Network-Hellas, is supporting the participation of Greek organisations for women high-tech entrepreneurship and innovation in this event.

Although women constitute 52% of the total EU population, they represent only one third of the self-employed workforce and 30% of its start-up population. And here they constitute the majority of one person enterprises (78%). The areas of business that women prefer are health and social work activities, services and education.

Female creativity and entrepreneurial potential are an under-exploited source of economic growth. The main challenges faced by female entrepreneurs are related to access to finance, access to information, access to business partnering networks as well as reconciling business obligations and family life.

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