We hear about associations for female entrepreneurs more and more often. This is also true for my city, Padua, where female entrepreneurship is growing.


In this article I will tell you about my experience with Rete al Femminile, a network dedicated to female entrepreneurs and freelancers.

Associations for female entrepreneurs: from global to local


My work is at the meeting point between European planning, innovation, and marketing. In recent years it has led me to work mainly at a European level, always moving between different countries and scenarios.

Although I love the “European” scope of my profession, I began to feel the need to touch base again with my home territory, the city of Padua. This would also give me the chance to share my wealth of experience and understand the entrepreneurial spirit of the territory a little better.


Remembering my previous experience in Brussels, with a project dedicated to female entrepreneurs in Europe, I looked for a similar association that was active in Padua. This idea has really paid off.





Female Network: when women cooperate together

I came into contact with Rete al Femminile, a national association that is creating a growing network of female entrepreneurs and freelancers. The goal of this network is to function not only as a starting point for sharing experiences and good practices, but also for starting new collaborations.


The Network is active throughout the country, and in some cities (such as Padua) networks have been activated locally, which I was more interested in.


I started my journey by immediately making my know-how available: I started a digital marketing strategy through LinkedIn and joined a group that deals with the activation of networks and partnerships, also at the European level.

European female networking 


The European project I am monitoring is joining the WEgate platform, with which I had already had the opportunity to collaborate. WEgate is a digital platform launched by the European Commission which aims to connect female entrepreneurs and freelancers at the European level, using tools such as webinars and workshops to inform members about the opportunities and funding available.

In one of the working groups organized by WEgate, I brought up my experience with Rete al Femminile, laying the foundations for the activation of a synergy between the local context and the European context.

An opportunity to consider for entrepreneurs and freelancers

The Paduan network of Rete al Femminile is an association for female entrepreneurs that offers very interesting opportunities to those who are entering the world of entrepreneurship or freelance. In this context, my experience has been overwhelmingly positive. I was able to make my knowledge available and to expand my network of collaborations, opening new paths that I have already started to follow.

Would you like further information about projects for women entrepreneurs? 


Feel free to contact me to arrange a meeting: I will be delighted to answer any questions you may have!  

Sara Canella

Sara Canella

EU Funding, Innovation & Marketing

I am a freelance consultant specialized in applying for and managing European funding for companies and start-ups active in the field of research and innovation. My work includes the creation of business plans, development plans and marketing plans aiming at applying for European calls for proposals. My objective is to provide companies active in innovation with some concrete tools to start their projects and with my know-how to convert them into real business opportunities.