Thomas Jarzombek zum Girls‘ Day 2021

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All too often, start-ups are a gentlemen’s domain. On Girls’ Day, 22 April 2021, Commissioner of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy for the Digital Industry and Start-ups Thomas Jarzombek and female representatives of the Ministry’s “Young Digital Economy” Advisory Board gave out information on how to start a business, targeting girls as their audience.

Thomas Jarzombek encouraged the girls, saying: “Don’t leave this field all to the boys! Look what start-ups are doing and how many different talents you can bring to them. Too few companies in Germany are set up by women. For start-ups, the figure is a meagre 16%. I would like to see more women go into the digital economy. If we can attract a wider range of entrepreneurs, our economy will benefit from the greater diversity of talents.”

In autumn last year, Thomas Jarzombek founded the female start-up initiative. Its objective is to raise the share of women in start-ups. In February this year, the “Young Digital Economy” Advisory Board published its recommendations on how to encourage more women into the start-up scene. As part of its Digital Hub Initiative, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy will soon launch a format dedicated to supporting women who want to start up a company.

Girls’ Day, an initiative that began in 2001, gives female school students insights into occupations they tend not to consider for themselves.

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