Inclusive Entrepreneurship

Women’s entrepreneurship and COVID-19: Ensuring the gap doesn’t grow


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Women’s entrepreneurship and COVID-19:

Ensuring the gap doesn’t grow 

  29 March 2021   16:00 – 17:30 CEST (Paris time)   location icon grey tourism Virtual event (Zoom) 


■ Description

Although women are only about half as likely as men to be involved in starting a business, this gender gap has been slowly closing over the past two decades. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has had uneven impacts across sectors and types of businesses and women entrepreneurs have been disproportionately affected. There is a risk that COVID-19 will undo decades of progress in advancing female entrepreneurship.

This panel discussion will explore questions such as:

  • Have COVID-19 support measures been effective at reaching and supporting female entrepreneurs?
  • How can these support measures more effectively reach and support female entrepreneurs?
  • How should the female entrepreneurship policies post-COVID-19 be different to those of the past?



Ms. Celine Kauffmann, Head of Division, OCED CFE/EST


Ms. Sheelagh Daly, Entrepreneurship Manager, Enterprise Ireland

Prof. Dr. Alexander Kritikos, Research Director, DIW Berlin

Dr. Barbara Orser, Full Professor of Entrepreneurship, Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa, and W20 Delegation of Canada member


 ■ Recording of the Event



















Powerpoint Presentation


Further reading: 

The Missing Entrepreneurs 2019: Policies for Inclusive Entrepreneurship

Policy Brief on Women’s Entrepreneurship




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