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WeXchange: What will you do differently come Monday morning?

By Georg Neumann

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.

¿Por qué no hay más mujeres empresarias exitosas en América Latina?

By Susana Garcia-Robles

Algunas barreras son más fáciles de ver que otras.  Los obstáculos que las mujeres enfrentan son evidentes cuando se comparan distintas culturas y partes del mundo – leyes por las cuales las mujeres no pueden conducir o ser propietarias, regulaciones que no las dejan participar o ser miembros de determinadas entidades – mientras que otras son más sutiles. No existen reglas que prevengan a las mujeres en América Latina, comenzar su propio negocio.  En realidad, con compañías medianas a grandes muchas veces reacias a contratar a mujeres calificadas por una serie de razones pobremente sustentadas, los pequeños negocios parecerían ser la plataforma de lanzamiento para las másemprendedoras entre nosotras.

Entonces, ¿porque no hay más mujeres empresarias exitosas?


Growth in women’s businesses: the role of finance

By Anonym

Nancy Lee is the General Manager of the MIF. This blog has been prepared for the CGAP blog. It is also part of a series discussing some of the key issues on the agenda at XVI Foromic taking place in Guadalajara, Mexico from September 30 to October 2.

The time is ripe for a wider discussion on gender and finance: evidence of the gains from economic empowerment of women is mounting rapidly - households, firms, farms, communities, and whole economies perform significantly better when women have opportunities to raise their productivity.  It is practically tautological that growth will accelerate when half the population is more productive.  The fundamental question at this point is: what factors are holding women back?  It is surprising that we have so few empirically well-grounded answers. 

Introducing the WEVentureScope

By Lauren Murphy

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.

Taking a closer look at women’s entrepreneurship in Latin America and the Caribbean

By Lauren Murphy

Which countries in Latin America and the Caribbean have the most supportive environments for women seeking to start and grow their businesses? On Thursday, July 25, the MIF is excited to be launching the Women’s Entrepreneurial Venture Scope (WEVentureScope)— the first comprehensive assessment of the environment for female entrepreneurs in Latin America and the Caribbean created in partnership with the Economist Intelligence Unit. This is the first benchmarking study that assesses the factors affecting women entrepreneurs operating micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in the region.