A European project for increased female participation in high-tech industries.

Femina considers how to identify, implement, monitor and evaluate policy measures that break down barriers to female high-tech entrepreneurship, to employment and career progression in high-tech SMEs, and to the gender dimension of innovation in funding schemes for high-tech start-ups and SMEs.

The main outputs of the project are Action Plans, detailing these desired changes, which partners and selected stakeholders will implement and monitor over a 2-year period. The results of this implementation will benefit SMEs and the territory. An increase in female participation in high-tech entrepreneurship, employment and leadership should establish a culture of gender parity in these sectors, with impact on inclusive growth and regional competitiveness.

As the Advisory Partner, GCE NODE coordinates an Advisory Board comprised of Agder County Council, NODE Eyde Women (NEW) and Centre for Gender and Equality at the University of Agder. The Advisory Partner together with the Advisory Board contribute to the project through experience from program/policy development and research projects aimed at closing the gender gap.

Segment: Competence

Project Owner: Arezzo Innovation, Italy

GCE NODE Project Manager: Ann Marchioro

Period: 2018 – 2021

Partners: Arezzo Innovation (Italy),  Camera di cemmercio industria artiganato e agricoltura di Arezzo – CCIIA (Italy), Athens University of Economics and Business (Greece), Regional development fund on behalf of the region of Sterea Ellada (Greece), Bucharest-Ilfov Regional Development Agency (Romania), SODERCAN (Spain), DG Women Issues and Gender Equality, Cantabria (Spain) Region Dalarna (Sweden), CMO STAMM (The Netherlands) and GCE NODE (Norway).

Funding: Interreg Europe