One of our Belgian members, BeAngels, organised a conference focused on identifying the main obstacles to investment into start-ups and to (female) entrepreneurship. The event took place in Brussels on 28 November and tackled two interconnected issues:

  • How to encourage women business angels to play a more active role in the economy and more specifically in support of entrepreneurship;
  • And consequently, how to encourage women to become entrepreneurs by taking advantage of more women investors.

During the meeting the BAE’s CEO Marie-Elisabeth Rusling presented the results of the European WA4E extensive research into the obstacles and motivation factors for women to become angel investors. The findings were also discussed in a focus group set up by BeAngels and our recommendations resonated strongly with women investors. Stimulating women angel investment definitely calls for the tailor-made approach offered by the project to unlock untapped potential. Women investors are eager to play their part, they want to contribute and do the job well but lack role models, advice, access to networks and insights.