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Empowering women and girls through digital and entrepreneurial competences

Only 34.5% of women in the EU between 2014 to 2018 felt that they had the knowledge and skills to start a business, compared to about half of men. Studies also show that although girls are as interested in science-related careers as boys at a young age, they tend to deviate from science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) topics as they grow up.

The first edition of the ESTEAM Fests in Belgium was a success! The Girls' Fest in May 2022 and the Women's Fest in June 2022 combined almost 400 participants! They got to boost their digital and entrepreneurship competences through practical workshops and were inspired by successful women in STEM!

Malta Girls ESTEAM Fest 2022

Belgium Women’s ESTEAM Fest 2022

Belgium Girls’ ESTEAM Fest 2022

Deloitte together with the European Women Association (EWA) and Vlajo are conducting a project for the European Commission and the European Innovation and SMEs Executive Agency (EISMEA) to empower women and girls, in particular, by boosting their digital and entrepreneurial competences and increasing their confidence to choose STEM career paths.

What does the project entail?

Throughout the three years of the project, 11 ESTEAM Fests (ESTEAM stands for Entrepreneurship, Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) will be organised in 19 EU Member States to boost women and girls’ competences, to inspire them, and to give them the chance to connect with like-minded peers. ESTEAM online communities, for women and girls, will also be built to sustain the momentum of the events and to allow them to keep learning and connecting with their peers online. Stay tuned for our upcoming events!

More information about the project

Contact the ESTEAM project team

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Keep an eye on our next events

Join the events and communities now!

Do you identify as a woman and are interested in boosting your digital and/or entrepreneurial skills?

1.Join our Women ESTEAM community to develop your skills and connect with like-minded peers!

Do you identify as a girl, are between 9 and 17 years old, and are interested in boosting your digital and/or entrepreneurial skills? Or are you a teacher or a parent looking to support girls in this journey? Keep an eye out for our upcoming events!

2.Join our Girls ESTEAM community to develop your skills, to learn about digital and entrepreneurship and to connect with other like-minded girls and mentors!

Women’s Fest in Greece

On 12 and 14 December 2022, our second Women’s ESTEAM Fest took place in Greece, during which 180 women connected and boosted their digital and entrepreneurial competences through practical workshops!

Girls’ Fests in Ireland and Malta

On 16 and 25 November 2022, the first edition of the Girls’ ESTEAM Fest abroad was organised in Ireland and Malta gathering more than 250 girls, from 9 to 17 girls!

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