Ascend Consulting is also part of WeHubs – the Women Web-Entrepreneurs Hubs network, being its point of contact and ambassador for Malta.
WeHubs is the first European community, powered by the Startup Europe EU support programme, that connects business ecosystems, harnesses and assists them to further facilitate and provide support to women entrepreneurs in the digital sector. Women still play too small a role in the digital economy, particularly in Europe, where women represent only 19% of the web entrepreneurs compared to an average of 33% in the USA.
As the WeHubs Malta node coordinator, Ascend Consulting further engages with local stakeholders in the business, women and digital economy support ecosystems to promote the concept, foster closer linkages between all relevant players and the development and implementation of systematic activities to stimulate and facilitate increased web-entrepreneurship amongst women in Malta.
Through a closely knit and actively interacting international WeHubs network, we also support the international scale-up of women web-enterprises, including by facilitating and providing “soft-landing” assistance both outbound and inbound. This is particularly relevant for Malta as a small island state at the southern edge of the EU Single Market, as well as given Malta’s potential to serve as a “stepping-stone” to the fast growing African and Gulf-states markets.
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Activities to date
To date, we have already undertaken a number of initiatives in support of promoting and supporting women web-entrepreneurship. Amongst these,
- Part of the Startup Europe Week 2017, we organised a roundtable discussion amongst stakeholders on the challenges and possible solutions to an increased women involvement in digital entrepreneurship. A number of articles on the topic also followed.
- We collaborated in the organisation of a private screening of the “She Started It” documentary following the stories of 5 young female tech entrepreneurs.
- We are participating in and leading the eSkills Foundation Women in ICT focus group.
- Contributing to the development of a Women in ICT Ambassadors video series.
- Contributing to the preparation and launch of a set of Guidelines to Increase and Retain Women in ICT
- Contributing to the development of the Gender Equality Mainstreaming Framework proposed in March 2019 by the Maltese Ministry for European Affairs and Equality. See here for more details.
- Participating as invited Maltese expert in a women entrepreneurship peer-learning heckaton organised by the EU’s Executive Agency for Small and Medium-size Enterprises and EY’s InnovEYtion Hub in Prague.
- Organising and delivering five “Inspirational Leadership and Entrepreneurship” workshops for girls in Malta, part of a project financed by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT).
- We undertook an Analysis of the Gender Gap in the Digital Sector in Malta for eSkills Malta Foundation.
- We organised in November 2020 a series of webinars on “How to bridge the Gender Gap in the Digital Sector”, part of the “Women in ICT Events” initiative sponsored by eSkills Malta Foundation.
- Part of the Women in Digital initiative of eSkills Malta Foundation and in follow-up to the above listed Analysis of the Gender Gap in the Digital Sector in Malta and its recommendations, we carried out a survey of perceptions among secondary school students and educators on the attractiveness and pursuit of digital careers by girls in Malta. The key findings and the complete survey report are now available.
- Part of the Digital Skills Bootcamps and Women in ICT Events 2022 initiative of eSkills Malta Foundation, Ascend Consulting will be delivering six Emerging Technologies Familiarisation Days for girls aged 12-14, being the age when they start crystallising their further study and career choices.