The adventure of being a Mumpreneur

We are in an increasingly globalized world, materialized in an intense international trade, where the global trade of goods and services has multiplied thanks, among other things, to new technologies.

In this new framework, increasingly demanding, volatile and changing, entrepreneurship becomes a great adventure and a great challenge. 75% of the products and services in the next 25 years have not yet been invented.

If this framework is added to be a woman-mother, the adventure  takes other directions. Not only is it necessary to lead the project / business, we must reconcile family and domestic responsibilities.

Spain, where gender stereotypes and roles are still in force, has experienced an increase in the number of female entrepreneurs (mumpreneurs), although this is still lower than that of entrepreneurs…

The profile of the mumpreneurs continues to be concentrated in the sectors of commerce, hospitality, personal and domestic services, education and health. There is a distrust and strangeness in certain sectors. All this causes are an horizontal segregation.

Women remain invisible as producers of wealth, finding themselves with a lack of recognition as entrepreneurs and the value of their companies.

They tend to be micro businesses with few people employed and with a lower turnover volume. Its capital is minimal and usually linked to the family environment, causing vertical segregation.

Reconciling family and work life continues to be an obstacle. There are no real measures, neither family nor institutional, of conciliation.

Consequently, women with children confront entrepreneurship from a position of inequality, with an environment of personal, family, business and financial mistrust.

With this present framework, from the political institutions and national and European public bodies, it is necessary to continue developing specific programs of technical and institutional support for women’s entrepreneurship, effective conciliation measures.

It´s necessary to influence the preparation in the territories of technicians to take into account the difficulties located by this group, taking part in the training programs and strategies  and processes to support entrepreneurship and the creation of women’s companies, especially mothers.

These programs should focus more in depth on meeting the needs and giving maximum support to this group.

Let us all make it so that in the difficult adventure of being an entrepreneur, being a mother is not an aggravating factor.