Paris is one of the most exciting cities in the world for women in business. Many are proclaiming France, and Paris in particular, to be the new tech capital, with a thriving community of entrepreneurs and female founders. According to a recent study by Paris Pionnières, in collaboration with StartHer, the capital is now the leading city for women-led start-ups in Europe. Just over 1 in 5 Parisian women (or 21%) are considered to be entrepreneurs, many of whom are disrupting traditionally male-dominated sectors, including the tech industry. Located in 13th arrondissement of Paris, recently opened Station F is the largest startup campus of its kind globally.
There has been a growing emphasis on supporting ambitious female entrepreneurs, via child-friendly coworking spaces, networking and social groups as well as publicly funded associations supporting local and international women and mum-owned businesses in Paris.
StartHer is a Paris based non-profit encouraging women and girls to pursue entrepreneurial projects and careers in the tech industry. Founded in 2010, StartHer now boasts a 30,000 strong international community, with partnerships, events and education. Paris Pionnières is a vibrant, gender-balanced co-working space and incubator in the 2nd Arrondissement. This exciting non-profit is partly financed by public funding from the City of Paris and to date has supported over 200 startups (with a success rate of over 85%). There also the Paris meet-up group for female entrepreneurs in the French capital.
The Professional Women’s Network Paris is part of a global organisation offering professional development and networking (both online and in-person) for women entrepreneurs in Paris. A City for Her is an international networking community of women business owners, employees, entrepreneurs, freelancers, post-graduate female students, expats and locals from all walks of life, coming together to make a lasting impact both personally and professionally in cities around the world, starting with the French Capital.
From humble beginnings in 2008 in a small Parisian Cafe, Mampreneures. has grown into one of the French capital’s foremost networks for mum entrepreneurs and mum-owned Businesses in Paris. They host regular (French-speaking) “mamcafés” meet-ups, workshops and even a national convention Founded by 7 anglophone women and now boasting members with over 20 nationalities, Femmepreneurs is a group of dynamic female entrepreneurs based in Yvelines (west of Paris) to help female entrepreneurs network and gain valuable new skills. If you’re already an entrepreneur or thinking of becoming your own boss, this group may provide the inspiration and connections you need. Anglopreneurs is another group for English-speaking entrepreneurs (both men and women) in the Ile-de-France region, hosting monthly meetings to exchange ideas and offer support with creating and running a business.
MumsLikeUs is another fantastic female community bringing together busy mums who are all striving to successfully combine motherhood with building a fulfilling and rewarding career or business. Meeting once or twice a month, the group provides a warm and welcoming place to learn, grow, be inspired, and connect with business opportunities for mums. Cowork Creche is a coworking space designed for parents of young children up to 9 months old. Set just a 5 minute walk from the Place de la Bastille, the space features individual soundproofed work stations and plenty of things to keep toddlers occupied. A full independent onsite nursery is set to open in the coming months.
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