The project was established by the EU to raise awareness and share positive messages about enterprise through increasing the number of proactive role models for women.
The aim of the ENFEA programme is to have these successful female businesswomen campaigning on the ground to inspire women of all ages to become entrepreneurs and to set up their own businesses across Europe.
The EU has selected leading women’s enterprise specialists to identify female champions to reach into local communities and share the word on benefits of enterprise in what the UK government has called The Decade of the Entrepreneur.
In the UK, Enterprising Women leads the consortium, managed by YTKO, and working in partnership with the Institute of Directors, Her Business and Forward Ladies to inspire more women across the UK to get involved in enterprise and increase entrepreneurial activity amongst women and girls.
The programme aims to:
“We are delighted to extend the good work of the ENFEA across the UK, using inspiring women to motivate others to consider enterprise as an option. Women’s representation in business and self-employment in the UK is far short of their representation in the labour market. Our exceptional Ambassadors are enthusiastic and successful role models, ready to inspire interest and motivation towards enterprise in other women and girls across the country."
Bev Hurley, Founder of the Enterprising Women community and Holder of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion, 2010
The UK partnership is part of and will work closely with and support the European Network of Female Entrepreneurship Ambassadors (ENFEA) which coordinates women’s enterprise Ambassador programmes in 21 other countries across the EU. If you’re a women-owned business looking to export into these markets, we can help you connect!
The 22 countries that are part of the ENFEA are: Albania, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Sweden and the United Kingdom.