Today female entrepreneurs only constitute 8% of the active work force in the European Union.
Additionally, the startups funded by women only raised 1.8% of the total investment in Europe, in contrast to the 89% raised by male founding teams.
Spain, in part, has been making large efforts to reduce the gender gap in the startup ecosystem. The number of women involved in new entrepreneurial initiatives has increased since 2016 by almost 20%, two points above the male rate.
This week at Horasis India Meeting global leaders met to discuss in further-depth this issue.
In particular, women remain vastly underrepresented in leadership positions – in India they are only 18%, in Australia 33%; what mindset changes are needed in the corporate world and political arena? Is this a male issue?
Can we define the unique qualities and benefits female leaders bring to the table so redefine all recruitment selection processes?
The session speakers included Sandra Colhando, Co-founder, TransforME Learning & Leadership Solutions; Yuvika Gupta, Founder, The You We Show; Vaniitha Jaiin, Founder, The Perfect Pour – Wine & Spirits Consulting Firm; Shailaja Kamarshi, Senior Advisor, I-Percept Technologies; and Sushma Morthania, Vice Chair of the Permanent Commission on Women’s Entrepreneurship, World Union of Small and Medium Enterprises.
Founded by Dr. Frank Jürgen-Richter, Horasis India Meeting has been a leading forum for discussion and knowledge sharing between India and neighbouring markets.
“In the face of environmental and economic challenges met by the Indo-Pacific region, the time has come for its leaders to assemble, with the prospering city of Adelaide being the center for this dialogue,” said Horasis Founder and Chairman Dr. Frank-Jürgen Richter in a statement.
• Preeti Dubey, Founder, Strive High, Singapore