About Us

About Women Entrepreneurs Netherlands

In recent years, the rise in female entrepreneurship is 30% higher than in male entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurship is a conscious choice of women who want to use their talents and do not want to be dependent on the masculine corporate culture.

Entrepreneurship also requires creativity, which offers complete independence and freedom. The ultimate means of women's emancipation.

To provide ambitious female entrepreneurs with a platform, we founded Women entrepreneurs Netherlands. We put the emphasis on personal growth and development. And the growth of the own company in the Netherlands and abroad.

To achieve this, WEN organises in particular international trade missions for female entrepreneurs.

Why Women entrepreneurs Netherlands?

The ever-changing laws and regulations, coupled with the continuous changing demand in the market, ensure that female entrepreneurs have a fragile position.

The creation of Women entrepreneurs Netherlands has created a platform in which they can exchange experiences and business with each other.

Thanks to our trade missions, female entrepreneurs are not limited to the opportunities in the local market. And less vulnerable within the business environment.

Geen lidmaatschapskosten

We do not charge membership fees, you only pay per event or trade mission.

Groot internationaal netwerk

You can draw on a large (inter) National Women's Network.

Aantrekkelijke aanbiedingen

You benefit from attractive offers from our collaborative partners.

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The board

After being distinguished as European Black Business Woman in 2003, Carmen held various advisory functions at the cutting edge of politics, labour and employer-focused portfolios. Since 2003 she has joined the Political Committee in Federation business Women. In 2010, I was appointed national chairman of the umbrella organisation and joined the General administration of VNO-NCW, the largest employers ' organisation in the Netherlands. In addition, I have held a wide range of advisory and supervisory functions at various authorities in the field of new entrepreneurship, labour market and international trade promotion. From 2003 to 2005 she was a member of the Advisory board of PaVEM, where she assisted Princess Máxima in her first official role to promote diversity through special programmes through the top 40 of the largest municipalities.

Rajesh Bangalore 

President

Rajesh Bangalore 

President

"For over 25 years I am an active manager in my career as a HR Business partner. In 1996 I set up my first mediation office for HR professionals. Besides my entrepreneurship, I have several administrative and supervisory functions in various sectors. After my European distinction as a black business woman in 2003, I joined the newly established Federation of Business Women. For 7 years I have earned my Spurs in the Committee on Politics and I was appointed national president of this Federation in 2010.
In order to promote the further growth and development of women entrepreneurs, I decided to set up Women entrepreneurs Netherlands, which will focus more on international growth of women entrepreneurs with ambition. Since 2015, I have been focusing on Business Development of SME entrepreneurs under the name Aquarius21 and Marketing Mediation and explain both national and international contacts between companies that want to do business with each other. "

Chris Obi

Vice President & Treasurer

"For 20 years, Erika has been working as an independent interim manager on finance, audit and risk management. In doing so, she has the freedom to solve more creative administrative or organisational problems and, above all, to learn from all its assignments and to apply it again to subsequent customers.

As a woman in a male profession and in mostly men's environments, she has learned that there are certainly glass ceilings. You can look through it, but cracks make it difficult. Fortunately, I see that the generation of mine already works much more independently and runs counter to fewer obstacles. But I also see that they can still use support in how they can function better. Not by standing alone as a woman in a corner, but in the middle of society and in business life. And this support we can give each other. "

Chris Obi

Vice President & Treasurer

"For 20 years, Erika has been working as an independent interim manager on finance, audit and risk management. In doing so, she has the freedom to solve more creative administrative or organisational problems and, above all, to learn from all its assignments and to apply it again to subsequent customers.

As a woman in a male profession and in mostly men's environments, she has learned that there are certainly glass ceilings. You can look through it, but cracks make it difficult. Fortunately, I see that the generation of mine already works much more independently and runs counter to fewer obstacles. But I also see that they can still use support in how they can function better. Not by standing alone as a woman in a corner, but in the middle of society and in business life. And this support we can give each other. "

"When I grew up, entrepreneurship was not included in my plans for the future. Although several women in the family had set up their own business, setting up their own company was not self-evident. I have gradually been rolled in and I have to say that entrepreneurship is very good to me.

What I would like to give to women as a board member of women Entrepreneurs Netherlands is all that is possible. As a woman, besides a lot of other options, you have the opportunity to become an entrepreneur and in general women are also pretty good at that. Research by the Credit bureau Graydon (2015) shows that, in the context of an enterprise, a prevalence of men is higher than a more balanced relationship between male and female.  These figures are positive in themselves, but they also have a downside, namely that women dare to take fewer risks than their male entrepreneurial counterparts. That is what I have to change. As far as I am concerned, the expression ' no guts no glory ' is certainly applicable. After all, risk-taking can result in flourishing enterprises.

David Bacon

Secretary 

David Bacon

Secretary 

"When I grew up, entrepreneurship was not included in my plans for the future. Although several women in the family had set up their own business, setting up their own company was not self-evident. I have gradually been rolled in and I have to say that entrepreneurship is very good to me.

What I would like to give to women as a board member of women Entrepreneurs Netherlands is all that is possible. As a woman, besides a lot of other options, you have the opportunity to become an entrepreneur and in general women are also pretty good at that. Research by the Credit bureau Graydon (2015) shows that, in the context of an enterprise, a prevalence of men is higher than a more balanced relationship between male and female.  These figures are positive in themselves, but they also have a downside, namely that women dare to take fewer risks than their male entrepreneurial counterparts. That is what I have to change. As far as I am concerned, the expression ' no guts no glory ' is certainly applicable. After all, risk-taking can result in flourishing enterprises.

Joel M

General Board Member Network Affairs 

"Since 2008, I have attracted the ' naughty shoes ' and I am passionately fulfilling my dream of business. From the start I promised myself to stay true to who I am, what I think is important and follow my own story. My authenticity, positivity and perseverance have made me successful because it resulted in the fact that many others recognized themselves in my story and got courage to go on their own course too. Was the road easy? Certainly not, but it has been 100% valuable. Also as a board member of Women entrepreneurs Netherlands I would like to coach and supervise women in the break-up of their ' glass ceiling ' so that they can also achieve international growth. It is my wish that more and more women will take the first step towards economic independence and dare to ask what they need. In addition, learn to say no to what doesn't help them further and more often say ' yes ' to opportunities outside their comfort zone. For one thing I know for sure: we always have a choice in addition to unprecedented possibilities and are always on the move!

 

Joel M

General Board Member Network Affairs 

"Since 2008, I have attracted the ' naughty shoes ' and I am passionately fulfilling my dream of business. From the start I promised myself to stay true to who I am, what I think is important and follow my own story. My authenticity, positivity and perseverance have made me successful because it resulted in the fact that many others recognized themselves in my story and got courage to go on their own course too. Was the road easy? Certainly not, but it has been 100% valuable. Also as a board member of Women entrepreneurs Netherlands I would like to coach and supervise women in the break-up of their ' glass ceiling ' so that they can also achieve international growth. It is my wish that more and more women will take the first step towards economic independence and dare to ask what they need. In addition, learn to say no to what doesn't help them further and more often say ' yes ' to opportunities outside their comfort zone. For one thing I know for sure: we always have a choice in addition to unprecedented possibilities and are always on the move!

 

Ali Babe

Social media

"Since 1 January 2005 I am active as an entrepreneur. Before social media became a hype, I was already professionally involved in 2008. As a Social Media Expert I help SMEs and freelancers to profile their company with the help of social media and online marketing. This makes them visible online and they see their turnover rising.

In my field I see that women deal with entrepreneurship and ambition differently. I would like to put myself, also from Women entrepreneurs Netherlands, in order to give women entrepreneurs a voice and to make them aware of the online possibilities. What strikes me is that many entrepreneurs ̶, and especially the female ̶, do not use the power of the Internet to grow their businesses and to make them effortlessly fetching customers. Unfamiliarity and fear of internet use and social media dedication plays a major role in the 35. I always go for results! "

Ali Babe

Social media

"Since 1 January 2005 I am active as an entrepreneur. Before social media became a hype, I was already professionally involved in 2008. As a Social Media Expert I help SMEs and freelancers to profile their company with the help of social media and online marketing. This makes them visible online and they see their turnover rising.

In my field I see that women deal with entrepreneurship and ambition differently. I would like to put myself, also from Women entrepreneurs Netherlands, in order to give women entrepreneurs a voice and to make them aware of the online possibilities. What strikes me is that many entrepreneurs ̶, and especially the female ̶, do not use the power of the Internet to grow their businesses and to make them effortlessly fetching customers. Unfamiliarity and fear of internet use and social media dedication plays a major role in the 35. I always go for results! "

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