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Women’s tech entrepreneurship in Valencia

The kick-off meeting of a new EEA Grants co-financed project aimed at supporting women’s tech entrepreneurship in the Valencia region took place on the 25-26 February in Gandia. DAME is a transnational project promoted by the City of Gandia which aims to improve the entrepreneurial skills of women in the city and promote the implementation of personal projects and/or professionals capable of being transformed into a business.

For this, the project involves intensive training actions and accompanying clients through specialized coachers in the field of personal development, technology, entrepreneurship, and business management, together with other actions to improve the participation of women in a labor market highly influenced by digital technologies.

During the one-year project DAME project, users receive training and constant support during all phases of the process of their business start-ups, from the moment the idea is conceived to the formation of teams, the implementation, and consolidation of their businesses. As an innovative element participants have access to the use of the Launchpad methodology, which enables the women to test directly in the real environment every advance step or decision in the creation process.

DAME also includes a series of complementary actions contributing to ensuring the achievement of its objectives and results. These interventions consist of on the one hand the creation of a Device Networking for Women Entrepreneurs Accompanying involving actors, institutions, and structures of the territory, together with awareness measures aimed at promoting a positive image of women linking it to concepts such as entrepreneurship and technology.

The transfer of knowledge and leading European best practices is ensured through the European Centre for Women and Technology – ECWT.

This project is developed with the support of the Financial Mechanism of the European- Economic Area EEA Grant -in the Memorandum of Agreement between the Kingdom of Norway, Iceland, the Principality of Liechtenstein, and the Kingdom of Spain.

The EEA grant funds, promote the development of entrepreneurial projects of women in the European Union, under the “Program for Gender Equality and Reconciliation of Work and Family Life”, promoted in Spain by the Institute for Women, Ministry of Health, Social Services, and Equality.

In connection with the kick-off event Eva Fabry, the Director of ECWT presented the latest developments in regard to women’s entrepreneurship and digital business start-ups on a European level, and Astrid Green, Member of ECWT’s High-level Advisory Committee presented the concrete experiences of Athene Prosjektledelse, strategic partner of ECWT, in launching the Business Innovation Centre in Kosovo.