Women Entrepreneurs Boston (WE BOS) is a City of Boston program designed to bring a network of support, resources, and opportunities to Boston’s current and aspiring women entrepreneurs.
— 33% of Boston’s businesses are women-owned and generate $3.3B in revenue annually.
— Only 17% of women-owned businesses have at least one employee, compared to 65% of male-owned businesses who have at least one employee.
— Only 3% of venture capital investments go to women-led businesses nationally.
— 52% of Boston’s residents are women, and women are the primary earners in 54% of our households.
For those reasons and more, the City of Boston created WE BOS to convene the entrepreneurial ecosystem and provide mentoring, coaching, and networking opportunities for women entrepreneurs. Since its inception in 2015, over 4,000 women have participated in WE BOS programming through one-on-one coaching, workshops, panel discussion, pitch competitions, networking opportunities, and more.
WE BOS unifies and supports all women entrepreneurs, from startups to home-based businesses to the established brick-and-mortar mainstays of Boston’s neighborhoods. A program of the Mayor’s Office of Women’s Advancement and the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development, WE BOS is uniquely situated and able to offer Boston’s women entrepreneurs a variety of resources and opportunities that fit their individual needs.
From day one, Mayor Martin J. Walsh has been committed to advancing women in every aspect of city life. By expanding the economic potential of women entrepreneurs, together we’re ensuring that Boston is the best it can be.