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“What’s in a name?”

So says Shakespeare’s Juliet when pondering the family feud between Romeo’s Montagues and her own Capulets. For those two families the names are everything and carry with them serious and grave implications. “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet” she continues, thinking that if only Romeo had a different moniker, their relationship could progress unimpeded.


Well, when it comes to business, it seems that a name – or at least a title – has very serious implications indeed.


Put it this way; Juliet only had family to deal with, but the rest of us have the full weight of the law.

The Women in Business Awards Ceremony 2012The Women in Business Challenge 2013, the fourth edition of the online competition that assists women entrepreneurs from Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America, is now open to applications.

The competition – organized by BiD Network, in partnership with ING and ICCO and with The NextWomen as media partner - aims to help aspiring women starting and growing their business 

Women entrepreneurs face significant structural and cultural barriers when starting and growing a business. This business plan competition aims to address the problems of underinvestment and increase the number of opportunities for female entrepreneurs in emerging markets. Empowering women entrepreneurs through coaching services, tools and investor connections to progress their business to the next level, is the main focus of The Women in Business Challenge. 

Simone Brummelhuis sounds the gong to mark the launch of the TNW100 List  On Friday 8th March NYSE Euronext celebrated International Women’s Day with bell ringings and conferences across its global markets to highlight the contributions women have made in entrepreneurial, social, economic, financial and philanthropic arenas.

In honor of International Women’s Day, trading at NYSE Euronext Amsterdam was opened by Simone Brummelhuis, founder and publisher of The Next Women - Business Media, and initiator ofthe TheNextWomen100, the list of the 100 most important business women in the Netherlands.

A new report by Queen's University Belfast outlines that despite being responsible for at least a third of business start-ups – many women in the UK find their plans undermined by a lack of self-confidence and negative attitudes from bank managers and suppliers. The report recommends that training programmes should focus on boosting self-confidence, as well as dealing with the practical and emotional considerations of self-employment. 

Patronising advice or true? 

Sadly I feel that it is probably true. When I reflected in early January about what resolutions I might make for 2013 I decided that any volunteering energies that I had outside of my own business I was going to focus into supporting upcoming female entrepreneurs. 

NYSE Euronext joins the

For over ten years, United States based Springboard Enterprises has promoted and supported women entrepreneurs who want to grow their companies BIG. “'We know that entrepreneurs often have a very short time to attract the attention of those strategic connections that can catapult their businesses forward.'”

“'We believe in most cases it's about how you pitch and who you meet.'”

Springboard's record is impressive with over 500 women participating in accelerator programs, generating billions of dollars in annual revenue, creating thousands of new jobs, and....

I am always honored when asked to blog on conferences for The NextWomen. When the Big Data Innovation Summit in Las Vegas was announced, I jumped on it. The main reason is that I understood little about Big Data.  

My training as a financial auditor and management consultant led me to believe that I can basically operate in any industry and size does not matter. We used to say that the difference between small and large is just additional zeros at the end of the numbers.

Hanneke Stegweg, Founder, iLost, presenting at The NextWomen Grand FinaleHanneke Stegweg is the winner of The NextWomen Grand Finale, winning not only the Best Startup Pitch Award, a startup loan of Euro 6000 and a Schaap & Citroen solitaire diamond, but also walking away with the Audience Award and a consultation with Kennedy Van der Laan, the law firm supporting the The NextWomen Awards 

Hanneke's company, iLost B.V.,specializes in lost items. Using the iLost App, recovering your lost scarf is easier than ever. Additionally, iLost has an outsourcing option to help companies with their lost and found items.

TheNextWomen100 has launched. This list consists of the 100 most important women from the Netherlands who run their own businesses and turnover millions.

Other criteria for TheNextWomen100 are number of employees, equity interest, and the impact of the women as role models.

Besides the launch of the TheNextWomen100 the "Best Startup Pitch ' was awarded to a starting female entrepreneur.

Fiona (centre) receiving her Mumpreneur of the Year AwardI have always dreamed of doing what I’m doing now. How strange that is to say. I don’t think many people get to say that in their lifetime, so I do appreciate where I am at this very moment. I’m a firm believer that you make your own luck and if you focus on what you want enough then, with hard work and determination, it will happen. I was brought up in a hard working, self employed family and had a great childhood, as Mum stayed at home to look after me and my two brothers while Dad was out working hard.