Croatia has largest number of women entrepreneurs in region


Women entrepreneurs account for 29.5 per cent of Croatia’s business population, which makes Croatia a leader in the region and puts it above the EU average, a conference entitled “Women in Entrepreneurship: A South East European Response” said in the northern Adriatic resort town of Opatija on Wednesday.

The conference discussed the results of the project “Women Entrepreneurship – A Job Creation Engine for South East Europe”, carried out under the leadership of the South East European Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning (SEECEL).

Entrepreneurship and Crafts Minister Gordan Maras said that 29.5 per cent of all entrepreneurs in Croatia were women, noting that the EU average was 23 per cent. “We are slightly above the average, but the lost potential is still too high,” he noted.

SEECEL Director Efka Heder said that Croatia was a regional leader in terms of the proportion of women in the business population. She added that the supporting of women in entrepreneurship strengthened the stability of states.

The project “Women Entrepreneurship – A Job Creation Engine for South East Europe” was launched in 2012 to strengthen support for women in entrepreneurship through joint efforts by the public and private sectors.

The project partners are Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey, funding has been donated by Sweden’s International Development Agency and the project has been coordinated by the Regional Cooperation Council from Sarajevo and implemented by SEECEL and the Sustainable Growth Initiative from Zagreb.