This debate has to provide recommendations on how to increase investment in women-led VC funds, startups and businesses.
The recent agreement on the next MFF as well as on the Recovery Fund is a good starting point for Europe to recover quickly and seize the opportunity for a green and digital transition and achieve the set climate and environmental objectives for a sustainable future.
It is also an opportunity to tap into the great potential of women-led businesses and review and discuss how part of these funds will be allocated to increase the high potential of women and diverse teams especially in the area of innovation resulting in a strong impact for European industry and society. Women and diverse teams care more about impact, sustainability and innovation for good.
The debate will bring together women-led VCs, startups and businesses with MEPs, EC experts, industry leaders, the banking sector and other innovation ecosystem leaders. As the EIB said in its latest report (June 2020), “there is a paramount need to increase the quantum of financing available to female entrepreneurs going forward, and European institutions and programmes have the means to lead the way by prioritising investments in this area and crowding in additional financing”.