What are the main challenges that women, elderly, youth, migrant or unemployed face when starting a business?

  • Can you think of any solutions implemented by business support organisations to overcome these?
  • Are you curious about the gender balance among business coaches in business support organisations?
  • Do you know how many businesses were created in 2017 by under-represented entrepreneurs?
  • Can you guess how many jobs these businesses were able to create?
  • What about their survival rate and sustainability?

These are only some of the questions that will be addressed during the FIBIA event.

After an extensive data collection exercise, the European BIC Network (EBN) and the JPMorgan Chase Foundation will present the findings on the efforts being currently employed by business support organisationsthroughout Europe to provide sound support services to under-represented entrepreneurs?

As part of the FIBIA programme, delivered by EBN and supported by the JP Morgan Chase Foundation, business support organisations spread across Europe completed an extensive questionnaire assessing the level of accessibility and inclusion of the services they provide to under-represented entrepreneurs. After an in-depth analysis, we intend to present the results during a public press conference and wish to discuss areas where further work and improvements are needed?

Speakers will include representatives from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation that will provide further insight onto the goals and objectives of their Small Business Forward initiative, as well as representatives from the European Commission that will position the programme within the current European inclusive policies and initiatives.

The event targets practitioners working in the business incubation field wishing to gain insight into more inclusive entrepreneurship practices as well as those already involved in the sector wishing to acquire benchmarks for the type of support provided at a European level; but also policy makers working towards the creation of more inclusive economies wishing to learn about some practical ways to make incubators and accelerators more inclusive. Lastly, anyone who has an interest in providing equal access to entrepreneurship tools to all groups in society is welcome!

Please find more information on the event as well as the registration link here.


Clarelisa Camilleri, Project Manager clarelisa.camilleri [at]

Marta Gómez, Communications and Events Manager  events [at]

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