Networks are the Difference for Women Entrepreneurs

Some barriers are easier to see than others. The obstacles women face are overt throughout some cultures and corners of the world – laws against driving and owning property, rules barring them from certain social settings – while others are more subtle.
jueves, 13 de marzo de 2014/Author: Susana Garcia-Robles/Number of views (7522)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating

Happy Women's Day: What makes women happy?


The day after a very successful closing event for a MIF-funded project to strengthen women entrepreneurs, held last Friday in Lima, Peru, I found myself browsing through a major Peruvian newspaper over a delicious ceviche at the airport, waiting to fly back to Washington. It was March 8thInternational  Women’s Day, and the paper featured commemorated the day with dedicated articles, columns, a photo essay and coverage of several events that had taken place the day before. While the articles were inspiring in many ways, recognizing the need to strengthen gender equality and support women entrepreneurs in growing their businesses, a four page series of Women’s Day ads for discounts on mixers and other household goods caught my eye. They were not very different from the now dusty ads of smiling housewives in the 1950's.

lunes, 10 de marzo de 2014/Author: Georg Neumann/Number of views (8845)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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WeXchange: What will you do differently come Monday morning?

Still a little tired from my morning flight, I am very excited about the MIF’s first ever pitching conference, WeXchange, held in Miami this week with over 50 women entrepreneurs – and an equal number of investors.

I hope they were energized by the sessions, speakers, and mentoring sessions. I myself was impressed by the creativity and dynamism of these women and their business ideas, led of course by the winner of our pitching competition, Angela Cois, whose start-up Last Room makes last minute hotel reservations really easy. But the runners-up were also impressive: Cecilia Calderon of Chile-based DentiDesk, Sylvia Chebi of Greentizen, Uruguay; Ana Hornstein of Fotter, Argentina; Montse Piquer of Nidmi, Spain; and Yanina Baglieri of DineroTaxi, Argentina, and all the other businesswomen I talked to over the couple of days. To help you come back Monday morning ready to take on your next big idea, I wanted to briefly put together some of the recommendations.

viernes, 13 de diciembre de 2013/Author: Georg Neumann/Number of views (10299)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating

WeXchange conference empowers Latin American women entrepreneurs

WeXchange, a conference focused on women entrepreneurs in Latin America, is slated for Dec. 11-12 in Miami. This blog has been cross-posted from the Knight Foundation who supports the conference to connect entrepreneurs and foster the exchange of innovative ideas. In Latin America, women entrepreneurs represent a low percentage of the business community, in some places as low as 6 percent. Their low numbers mean they face more challenges than men in the region, mostly due to the lack of strong networks.

lunes, 9 de diciembre de 2013/Author: Susana Garcia-Robles/Number of views (13925)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating

Introducing the WEVentureScope

photo by IDB EXR: Gayle Lemmon of the Council on Foreign Relations and Silvia Carbonell, Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship, IAE Business School during the Women's Entrepreneurial Venture Scope launch event. July 25, 2013. Washington, D.C.

We had a great launch of the Women’s Entrepreneurial Venture Scope (WEVentureScope) in late July at the MIF. Nancy Lee, MIF General Manager, and Leo Abruzzese, the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Forecasting Director and Executive Editor for the Americas, talked about the key findings and construction of the Index, and an all-star panel moderated by Gayle Lemmon of the Council on Foreign Relations discussed the bright spots and challenges related to women’s entrepreneurship in the region, including access to finance, markets, and skill building opportunities.
jueves, 8 de agosto de 2013/Author: Lauren Murphy/Number of views (10855)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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