Arqus focuses its 6th Academic Debate on women entrepreneurship

On The May 6, 2021

On Thursday 6th May at 18:00 CET, as part of the Arqus Academy Week 2021, Arqus will hold a new academic debate focusing on the current situation and perspectives on women entrepreneurship and, more particularly, on the question of financing their entrepreneurial project.

The Arqus European University Alliance brings together the universities of Bergen, Granada, Graz, Leipzig, Lyon, Padua and Vilnius. The aim is to design, develop and implement an innovative inter-university cooperation model through various forms of exchanges and collaborations.At the Lyon and Saint-Étienne sites, the Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, the Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3 and the Université Jean Monnet are all involved.

Women entrepreneurs, barriers and drivers when developing their entrepreneurial project

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as part of the first Arqus Academy Week
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The numbers of women entrepreneurs are increasing but barriers persist. The contribution of Women's Entrepreneurship to the economic and social development of society is no longer in doubt. Many political figures have talked about how women are the most underutilized economic asset in the global economy but also that the economic benefits of women's inclusion are higher than previously thought.

However, although the number of women entrepreneurs is increasing, barriers still persist and seem to make it difficult for women entrepreneurs to develop their project. According to several reports from the European Union, when they create and manage a business, they are facing more difficulties especially to access financing compared with men. This is even becoming one of the main factors of failure in women's business creation.

Women are often part of an entrepreneurial ecosystem (incubators, group of entrepreneurs, etc.). Do these organizations have a positive impact for women entrepreneurs? Is there some kind of discrimination for projects led by women, especially when it comes to financing? What place for public policies to stimulate women's entrepreneurship? Do women investors promote female entrepreneurship through their actions?

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  • Vilde Regine Tellnes, CEO & Co-founder of Healthy EATS - Bergen
  • Lisa-Marie Fassl, Co-founder and CEO of Female Founders - Vienna & Graz
  • Ana María Bojica, Associate Professor at the Department of Management, University of Granada
  • Moderator: Marie-Christine Chalus-Sauvannet, Professor at iaelyon School of Management, Université de Lyon