This November we’re convening a world-leading virtual summit: Women Entrepreneurs Mean Business.

Join us as we explore and challenge the gender stereotypes holding women entrepreneurs back from success and equality.

The summit’s line-up includes Cherie Blair CBE QC, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Indra Nooyi, Hon. Julia Gillard AC, Rebecca Enonchong, Fadé Ogunro, Dr. Linda Scott, Anne Kiguta, Barkha Dutt, Henriette Kolb, Shirin Behzadi and many more incredible entrepreneurs, thought leaders and activists. Together, the Foundation, speakers and attendees are united by our refusal to wait the 250 years it is currently predicted to take for women to have economic equality with men.

Women Entrepreneurs Mean Business is for business leaders, policymakers, economic empowerment practitioners, women entrepreneurs themselves and others interested in advancing women’s entrepreneurship across the world.

The summit will offer inspiring keynote speeches, informative presentations, panel discussions, networking, and development opportunities for women entrepreneurs in low and middle income countries, as well as the release of the Foundation’s ground-breaking new gender stereotypes research.

The full line-up and schedule will be announced in October.

Event information

  • 9 – 19 November 2021
  • 1 to 5pm GMT daily
  • Online event
  • Free-of-charge
  • Full lineup and schedule announced in October

The summit’s four days will explore the following themes:

  • Day 1 – Tuesday, 9 November: How to tear down the gender stereotypes affecting women’s entrepreneurship.
  • Day 2 – Thursday, 11 November: Race to sustainability: What the private sector can learn from women entrepreneurs in supply chains
  • Day 3 – Tuesday, 16 November: Talking tech in the Global South: Breaking down barriers for women entrepreneurs
  • Day 4 – Friday, 19 November: Unlocking the power of young women entrepreneurs in low and middle income countries to change the world

Together, we’ll 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.

The Summit is free-of-charge to attend and entirely online, open to anyone who wishes to join and help lead the charge to stop women entrepreneurs being held back. Registrations are open now, and you can sign up to our e-newsletter here to find out the full lineup and schedule when we announce it in a few weeks.

100,000 Women Animation

We’re directly supporting 100,000 more women to start & grow successful businesses

Women Entrepreneurs Mean Business will also launch the final year of our ambitious and impactful 100,000 Women Campaign, which is raising £10 million in order to directly support another 100,000 women entrepreneurs across 2020, 2021 and 2022. Join us on our mission today!


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Seeking sponsors

We are actively seeking further corporate sponsors for our event. Please get in touch with us if you would like to discuss sponsorship opportunities!

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