This paper is building on the lessons learned at a Nordic workshop where the objectives were
to promote female entrepreneurship
to identify obstacles that prevent women business to grow
to learn from other countries initiatives and their best practices
It combines lessons learned with the policies as they have been launched in the Nordic countries over the last decade or more.
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The paper concludes that the Nordic countries are somewhat different when it comes to policies and strategies towards women entrepreneurs. The differences are ranging from Denmark with no specific policy for women entrepreneurship to Sweden which has just launched a massive 100 million SEK. project for Women Entrepreneurship.
Though the performance differs between the Nordic countries investments does not seem to be the only explaining factor to gender gaps. Other factors like diversity, networking, access to role models and mentors seem to affect the low level of women Entrepreneurs.