Press release 28.03.2019 (RO)
The FEMINA project partners believe that increased participation of women among high-tech SMEs can make them more competitive. This belief, based on academic studies and practical experience, must become a part of general politics.
The gap between women and men is still visible in high-tech sectors in the European Union: women accounted for 29% of entrepreneurs in 2014 and 32.5% of high-tech and knowledge intensive services in 2015. This aspect does not refer to social inclusion. It is about economic growth: studies show that women's specific abilities can contribute to diversification and enterprise consolidation; that eliminating the gender gap could generate an increase in the European Union's GDP by 13%.
In this context, FEMINA partners cooperate at an interregional level to achieve their overall goal: to ensure that the selected policy instruments are integrated with measures to promote women's involvement in high-tech sectors, focusing on the RIS3 .
FEMINA considers how to identify, implement, monitor and evaluate policy measures that remove barriers to high technology entrepreneurship for women, employment and career advancement in high technology SMEs and the size of innovation gen- eration in start-up and SME financing schemes.
Improving policies is reflected through specific projects funded to tackle these barriers through improved policy management (eg gender-based monitoring) and strategic focus through which partners work to include women's participation in advanced technologies as a fundamental principle of their policies on the competitiveness of SMEs.
The project runs from June 2018 to May 2023 and has the following partners:
Bucharest - Ilfov Regional Development Agency - Romania
Arezzo Innovation - Italy
AREZZO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, CRAFT AND AGRICULTURE - Italy
Global Center of Excellence (GCE) Node - Norway
Athens University of Economics and Business - Research Center - Greece
Regional Development Fund on behalf of the Region of Sterea Ellada - Greece
SODERCAN - Cantabria Regional Development Agency - Spain
Region Dalarna - Sweden
DG Women's Issues and Gender Equality, Government of Cantabria, Spain
CMO STAMM - The Netherlands
The main outcomes of FEMINA are action plans detailing these desired changes that selected and implemented partners and stakeholders will implement and monitor over a 3-year period. The results of this implementation will benefit both SMEs and the region. An increase in women's participation in entrepreneurship in the advanced technologies, employment and management positions should establish a culture of gender parity in these sectors, with an impact on economic growth and regional competitiveness.
The total value of the project is 1,611,990 euros, of which the budget of the Bucharest - Ilfov Regional Development Agency is 140,000 euros.