Letters on top of a bookcase spelling out "entrepreneurs", New York 2019.

Nordic Female Entrepreneurship

Program 2018 - 2021 Active

Factors like networking, access to role models and mentors seem to affect the low level of female entrepreneurs. There is therefore a need for continuous focus on female entrepreneurship. The OECD and European Commission have strengthened their focus on women entrepreneurship and so must the Nordic countries. Nordic Innovation is therefore initiating a process to map the challenges in the Nordics for female entrepreneurs and the best way to lessen the gap.

The main objective of the initiative

• Increase the number of female applicants to national programs for small and medium-sized enterprises and increase awareness about funding opportunities for female entrepreneurs.
• Increase number of female entrepreneurs and female owners in the Nordics.
• Increase awareness of the opportunities for international networking and competence development that the national innovation agencies offer.
• Increase the international competitiveness of Nordic companies. Nordic companies should understand the business relevance of gender equality (and diversity and inclusion) in terms of

  1. Increased productivity
  2. Better understanding of customer and customer's need; increased market shares
  3. Increased attractiveness as employers; easier access to (national and international) competence and skills

• Increased innovation capacity in society and industry; increased awareness of the role gender equality plays in this.

The project group

Siv Isabel Eide, Innovation Norway
Jeanett Sandmo, Innovation Norway
Annie Lindmark, Vinnova
Julie Birkedal Haumand, Vækstfonden
Julie Munck Ewert, Danish Business Authority
Huld Magnúsdóttir, Nýsköpunarsjóður (New Business Venture Fund)
Sigridur Ingvarsdottir, Innovation Center Iceland
Heli Karjalainen, Business Finland
Trine Moa, Nordic Innovation
Marthe Haugland, Nordic Innovation

The project group - Julie Birkedal Haumand and Heli Karjalinen not pictured here.


Portrait Marthe Haugland

Marthe Haugland

Senior Innovation Adviser
Marthe combines her international experience with her knowledge of business development and innovation to promote Nordic cooperation within the circular economy. She belives Nordic cooperation can drive the systemic change and give Nordic companies a competitive edge going forward.

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Portriat of Trine Moa

Trine Moa

Senior Administration Adviser
Trine has more than 14 years of experience working with strategic planning, developing and implementing methodology and tools for results management, evaluation and learning, with an innovative and solutions-oriented approach to her work.

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