News update
Launch of the second POEWW publication

On March 8th 2016 CARE launched its newest publication on female entrepreneurship titled: Integrating women entrepreneurs in global supply chains, creating shared value. During the second the Power of Entrepreneurial Women Worldwide conference hosted by CARE NL and SMO this first edition was presented to stakeholders.  For a full view of the publication click hereFor a photo report of the day, click here.

A special thanks goes out to all the professionals who contributed to the surveys and research.


Conference about the benefits and opportunities for (internationally operating) companies to include more female entrepreneurs throughout the supply chain.


  • Sharing the latest research of CARE
  • In-depth discussion
  • Sharing best practices
  • Interactive knowledge transfer
  • Establishing partnerships


March 8, 2016
2.30 p.m. – 6.30 p.m.


Those who want to take the next step to boost economic empowerment of female entrepreneurs worldwide.

Development through economic empowerment benefits all

Even though more and more women are active in business, complete economic independence is not a standard for many women over the world. Luckily, there are enough powerful women that are developing their enterprise. This development benefits (internationally operating) companies and societies worldwide. During the 1st Power of Entrepreneurial Women Worldwide conference in 2015, we discussed the barriers women face on their journey towards a successful enterprise and whether these barriers differ across continents. In this second edition of the conference we will discuss the opportunities for internationally operating companies to do business with female entrepreneurs and focus on the question: ‘What are the benefits of including more female entrepreneurs throughout the supply chain and how can we make it happen?’

Our mission

In the light of International Women’s day, CARE and SMO want to encourage the economic empowerment of women around the world. We are convinced that this will benifit women, companies and societies worldwide.

During this conference we will bring together entrepreneurs, business leaders, investors, experts, practitioners, policymakers and others, to share experiences and insights on Women Empowerment & Enterprise Development. The conference will be a catalyst for joint action that may include initiatives on e.g. investment, coaching, networking, market access and policy changes.

SMO Publication

During the first conference on March 6 2015, SMO launched its newest publication: De Economische Kracht van de Ondernemende Vrouw (The Economic Power of the Entrepreneurial Woman). Several authors of the book shared their expertise on different dimensions of women entrepreneurship. For a preview of the publication and reserving a copy click here.

Power woman Neelie Kroes –StartupDelta Ambassador receives SMO publication 

On May 18 2015, power woman, former Europa commissioner, current StartupDelta ambassador and successful entrepreneur Neelie Kroes visited SMO and the campus of the Erasmus Center for Enterpreneurship where she officially received the publication “De economische kracht van de ondernemende vrouw’’ (The Economic Power of the Entrepreneurial Woman). It is encouraging to see how influential, well-known people such as Minister Ploumen of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation and Neelie Kroes, vouch for the encouragement of women economic empowerment through entrepreneurship. Neelie Kroes is an example to many women who would like  to become entrepreneurs themselves.

Event summary first edition 2015

Rotterdam, March 6 2015: SMO (Stichting Maatschappij en Onderneming) and CARE Nederland have united international entrepreneurs, researchers, policy makers and other stakeholders to discuss both the barriers and success factors with regards to female entrepreneurship at the conference The Power of Entrepreneurial Women – Worldwide. Also Minister Ploumen (Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation) shared her vision regarding the future of female entrepreneurship. Read more…

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