. Ongoing challenge of enhancing the entrepreneurial spirit of young women in Europe, to increase business creation rates and provide alternative pathways of employability and their personal fulfilment
. STEM has been chosen as there is solid evidence that the fastest growing and highest wage jobs in future years will be in STEM fields
. Wide spread need for utilizing STEM skills for problem solving in a
wide range of industries and they will increasingly become necessary to engage in a knowledge based economy
. Europe could face a shortage of up to 1 3 m skilled ICT workers by2020 according to the European Commission


. Promote a more engaging and equal environment where all youth, girls and young women in particular, can increase their STEM literacy levels
. Foster equal access to better careers and job opportunities in the STEM sector for young women
. Enhance employability and entrepreneurial skills of young women with a business idea in the STEM sector



GIRLS AND YOUNG WOMEN (18 to 30 years of age) coming from disadvantaged backgrounds, early school leavers, migrant/immigrant background, facing social and economic exclusion, not in education/employment for a long time (at least 6 months) as well as from low or no income households and/or disadvantaged urban/rural areas.
. YOUTH WORKERS AND EDUCATORS , Youth workers, trainers, professionals belonging to partners, youth organizations, and other entities working with the young people
. EXPERTS and MENTORS coaches, assessors, mentors, instructors, HR specialists


. Identifying new engaging ways to present STEM to women
. Preparing and testing a non formal learning program to support young women in increasing their skills and creating STEM start ups
. Equip a platform used to display talents & business ideas
. Offer an innovative approach for YOUTH services , with the possibility for certification and skills assessment at EU level
. Disseminate partial and complete outcomes
. Create a strong and varied support network
. Offer clearer information on how companies can support youth activities and contributing to better local services