Sophisticated Lyon is recognised as being one of France’s most culturally dynamic cities, with outstanding museums, wonderful gastronomy and a fantastic quality of life. It’s no surprise that an estimated 50,000 expats call Lyon home. Among those, an increasing number of international women and mum entrepreneurs in Lyon are reinventing what it means to be a working mother in France’s third largest city, following their passion to set up a variety of unique and innovative businesses.
Just two hours by train from Paris, with an international airport and access to the Alps and the French Riviera all within a few hours drive, Lyon’s central location makes for an extremely practical business hub. With business opportunities for mums in Lyon growing in the region all the time, there are a number of networks and organisations offering support and advice for expat mum entrepreneurs in Lyon and the Rhône-Alpes region.
Action’elles is a non-profit association supporting women in business in Lyon, Paris and Bordeaux. They offer practical workshops, up to three complimentary one on one interviews with mentors and experts and other forms of useful business training to their membership of around 500 female entrepreneurs.
The Women’s Professional Networking Group (WPNG) is a multi-national network of English-speaking professional women living in Lyon and the surrounding areas. The group welcomes foreign women arriving in Lyon, hosting monthly meetings and after-work drinks. WPNG also supports French women wanting to connect with local international women in the area. Mampreneures is a popular social and business network for mum entrepreneurs and mum-owned businesses in Lyon. They host french-speaking meet-ups (or “mamcafés”) and workshops in Lyon throughout the year. This is a fantastic group for women to meet and share online and home based business ideas and opportunities for mums in Lyon. L’Apéro Entrepreneurs Lyon is a monthly after-work meet up for local and international entrepreneurs (both women and men), taking place on the first Thursday of each month in an informal setting.
FabLab Lyon is a “digital manufacturing workshop” where machines previously only found in more industrial settings (3D Printers, laser cutters etc) are made available to the general public. This fantastic space boasts a lovely community and a collaborative spirit ideal for entrepreneurs and small businesses to test ideas or learn new skills without needing to invest in highly specialised equipment. They also offer training in the likes of 3D modeling, electronics and more.
Set across two houses in the heart of Lyon, SOFFFA is a “slow cafe” – an informal coworking space with a lovely atmosphere and many perks. Though not specifically for children (there are no nursery facilities), the cafe is child friendly with plenty of treats for little ones – ideal for busy working mums in Lyon. La Cordée is a group of friendly, relaxed coworking spaces with five different locations across Lyon’s city centre (and many throughout France).
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