Panel discussion: Driving Equal Access to Finance for Young Women Entrepreneurs

Panel discussion on driving equal access to finance for the Women Entrepreneurs Mean Business summit, exploring and challenging the gender stereotypes holding women entrepreneurs back from success and equality. Because we won’t wait 250+ years for women to have economic equality.

Because we won’t wait 250+ years for women to have economic equality.


Women Entrepreneurs Mean Business (9 to 19 November 2021) sought to galvanise urgent action to tackle gender stereotypes, with an incredible line-up of celebrated women entrepreneurs, high profile thought leaders on women’s economic empowerment, policymakers, academics, activists. Together, the Foundation, speakers and attendees are united by a common refusal to wait the 250+ years it is currently predicted to take for women to have economic equality with men.

Day four—”Unlocking the Next Generation: driving change for young women entrepreneurs through finance and the media”—featured a panel with Adenike Adeyemi, Executive Director of Fate Foundation, Sofía Benjumea, Head of Google for Startups—EMEA at Google, Wendy Teleki, Head of the We-Fi Secretariat at World Bank, and Anita Tiessen, CEO of Youth Business International. In a discussion moderated by Mallika Kapur, Deputy Global Editor at Bloomberg Live, they dived into the creation of suitable funding opportunities for young women entrepreneurs and the skills they need to access and manage them.

Together, these sessions and the Foundation’s research report on the impact of gender stereotypes on women entrepreneurs set out the clear case for eradicating the gender gap in entrepreneurship and supporting women entrepreneurs, as well as identifying strong calls to action for different stakeholders at every level.