From Start Up to Grown Up: How to Successfully Develop and Grow your Enterprise

From Start Up to Grown Up: How to Successfully Develop and Grow your Enterprise

22 Apr 2018, 15:15 - 16:15

Showcase Theatre


The female start-up world is on fire!  According to recent statistics , more than 126 million women entrepreneurs were starting or running new businesses in 67 economies in 2012. Around 30% of all US businesses are majority female owned and female owned businesses are growing twice as fast as all other businesses.  Female entrepreneurship is also high on most governments’ agenda and global advisory company McKinsey estimated that if women were fully contributing to enterprising, 12 trillion dollars could be added to global GDP! 

In the Middle East, female entrepreneurship is often a success story.  So what does it take to thrive as a female entrepreneur in travel and tourism? Once the company is set up, how do we ensure that it will grow and succeed beyond the early steps? Finance and capital are a big factor in all of this, with women starting businesses that are under-capitalised and around 1/3 of the level of capital enjoyed by their male equivalent, as well as the right support, networking and access to market.

If you are interested in entrepreneurship, have a business but want to understand how to go about the next step, join us and our stellar panel of panellists to provide you with inspiration, tips and practical answers to your entrepreneurship questions.



  • Alessandra Alonso



    Women in Travel CIC

    Alessandra Alonso is Founder of Women in Travel CIC, a social enterprise dedicated to leveraging the travel and tourism industry in order to empower...

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