According to the study carried out by Unioncamere – the Italian organization that unites the chambers of commerce, agriculture and industry – the quantity of Italian companies managed by women is stably growing. In September 2016 the number of female-led businesses outreached 1,3 million which is 21.74% of all the registered companies in Italy.
Female-led businesses in Italy: the details
At the moment the most female-led companies can be found in the service sector where about 870000 the businesses are managed by women.
Agriculture or, more precisely, forestry and fishery arrives on the second place: in this sector there are about 218000 female-led companies.
As to the geographical comparison, the regions of Molise, Basilicata and Abruzzo are the ones with the highest amount of women at the executive positions as well as the highest level of so-called feminization in general. In these regions every forth company is female-led which is very high.
Other Italian regions with a high level of women that lead their own businesses are Umbria, Sicilia and Calabria while the two northern regions Trentino and Veneto have the lowest level of business feminization.
Female entrepreneurship is promoted across Italy
“Giro d’Italia delle donne che fanno impresa” is an initiative launched by above-mentioned Unioncamere in collaboration with the Female Entrepreneurship Committee of the Italian Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to the female entrepreneurship in Italy. It’s objective is to inform, train and raise the general awareness of the female entrepreneurs as well as drive their attention to the topics of launching an own business, start-ups and labour supply. It also highlights such secondary aims as boost visibility, support female employment and promote the culture of equal rights and opportunities.
The initiative will take place in different Italia cities, starting on November 22nd in Bologna and Terni, passing to Cremona, Treviso, Belluno, Cosenza, Bari, Trento and Messina.