A brand new project to encourage 100s of women from across Wales to start their own businesses has officially launched in the capital today (6.3.2020).
Future Female Founders, a collaboration between Chwarae Teg, NatWest and Simply Do Ideas, was unveiled by Alison Rose, CEO, NatWest and Robert Begbie, CEO, NatWest Markets at the bank’s accelerator hub in Cardiff.
A recent report produced by Alison Rose and the UK Government into the value of female entrepreneurship found that there was much work to be done to tackle the gender gap in business start-ups, which if filled could add up to £250billion to the UK economy. Among other striking imbalances, the report also highlighted the fact that only 1 in 3 UK entrepreneurs are female: a gender gap equivalent to 1.1million missing businesses.
The project will see gender equality charity, Chwarae Teg running a four events across Wales in the coming months for would be female entrepreneurs in Wales. At each, women will have access to workshops designed to build confidence, training and provide expert advice on topics ranging from writing business plans to sourcing funding. Full details of the first two events, which will be hosted at The Enterprise Hub @M-SParc on Anglesey 24th April and at The Enterprise Hub in Wrexham on 15th May, will be promoted later in March.
The package of start-up support is further enhanced by an online platform from Simply Do Ideas, where women can register now at www.sdi.click/founders. This will enable them to build their early-stage business ideas in a safe, digital space whilst developing the confidence to move forwards.