This year marked the first ever ‘National Women’s Enterprise Week’ (19th – 23rd June 2023) launched by Make it YOUR Business, Donna Lambert and Alison Cork MBE. To celebrate this wonderful initiative a National Women’s Enterprise Week event was held at The British Library on 21st June.
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Powered by data analytics platform mnAI, the Gender Index uses data from all 4.5 million active UK companies. The report measures the number of women-led businesses in every part of the country, their growth and their impact on the economy.
Female Innovators Lab, the venture fund and studio run by specialist fund manager Anthemis, anchored by Barclays and backed by Aviva, has become the largest early-stage FinTech fund dedicated to companies founded by women following recent additional investments.
In 2022, women launched 151,603 companies, more than twice the number in 2018, according to an independent review led by Alison Rose, chief executive of NatWest Group.
In research published last month, global management consultancy McKinsey branded the fact that women occupied fewer than a quarter all European tech roles, “a stunning statistic” at a time when technology was underpinning so much of the innovation and growth in the world.
A new women-led Angel syndicate has been launched in a bid to encourage more women to invest while supporting female entrepreneurs who often get underfunded.