The Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) has marked this year's International Women's Day by launching the new website www.existenzgruenderinnen.de. The site offers comprehensive information and recommendations for aspiring women entrepreneurs. E-training courses for up and coming female company founders, a telephone hotline, networks and regional female advisors in each of the Länder all come together to form an expert service that deals with various different issues - from the founding of a business, to management of the growth phase, to management succession.
Philipp Rösler, Federal Minister of Economics and Technology, stated: "Unfortunately, the number of women founding companies is still lower than the number of men. Our website has been set up for women who are no longer prepared to accept this imbalance and aspire to be their own boss. The new website offers a host of information and services that can help motivate women to take that step to becoming business entrepreneurs. These women are well trained and creative. Indeed more and more women should set themselves the goal of becoming entrepreneurs: the innovative ideas of female company founders boost our economy and give it momentum. They create jobs and contribute to growth."
In Germany, only around one in three companies is founded by a woman, despite there being a considerably higher proportion of women in gainful employment. The "Gründerland Deutschland" initiative (Germany - a nation of entrepreneurs) therefore offers specific means of support for young and skilled women in particular, to prepare them for setting up their own business.
The new website has been developed in co-operation with the "bundesweite gründerinnenagentur" (bga - nation-wide female entrepreneurs agency) and broadens the support provided via the website www.existenzgruender.de, which has already received a positive rating from the German Consumer Foundation "Stiftung Warentest". The bga has service centres throughout Germany that provide help and support for women who want to set up their own business. Women can take advantage of the expertise offered to gain further background information, practical assistance and additional links, all around the topic of women's business start-ups.