Women in Business Programme

About the Women in Business Programme

What we do

At the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, we work with women-led small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to help promote women’s participation in business. From accessing finance to business advice, we can help you gain the skills, knowledge and resources you need to take the next step.

We provide access to finance through credit lines to local banks dedicated to women-led SMEs, alongside business advice to help businesses become more competitive. We also offer training, mentoring and other support to enable women entrepreneurs to share experiences and learn from each other as peers.

We also work closely with our partner financial institution to help them offer financial products that better meet the needs of women-led businesses, changing the way they work.

Who it is for

Our Women in Business programme is specifically focused on women-led SMEs, meaning businesses with fewer than 250 employees and less than €50 million in annual turnover or with a balance sheet total of less than €43 million. For a business to qualify for this programme, overall operational management responsibility for the company should be held by a woman, who may also partially or wholly own the business.

We work with women-led businesses in almost every sector and industry. However, we cannot work with businesses in banking or financial services, military products or services, gambling or tobacco.

Why women?

Promoting the inclusion of women in business is vital to realising the full economic potential of any country. We know that women’s entrepreneurship plays a key role in creating jobs and driving economic growth, but that women-led small and medium-sized enterprises face increased challenges in accessing the financing and the know-how they need to develop and grow. We believe there is an opportunity here for women entrepreneurs, our partner financial institution and the countries where we work to tackle these obstacles, engage women more fully in business, and help economic engines run at full speed. Find out more about why women matter for development.

Our partners

By drawing on our shared experience and knowledge and working closely with our partners, we aim to create results that last.