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Getting their "babies" off the ground

2 min. 18.03.2015 From our online archive
Having a baby no longer means the end of the road for career-driven women as a group of dynamic mums is proving in Luxembourg.

Having a baby no longer means the end of the road for career-driven women as a group of dynamic mums is proving in Luxembourg.

On the contrary, for many of the members of Mumpreneurs Luxembourg, becoming a mum was the trigger they needed to launch their own business for the first time.

“In my case, when I had a baby I wanted to do something useful and stay active,” Mumpreneurs Luxembourg founder Angelique Supka told wort.lu/en, adding: “When I was pregnant I started learning how to knit and crochet and I thought 'why don't I sell some of these hats?'”

Angelique began importing children's shoes and clothing from small businesses in Poland and selling them from Luxembourg via online platform mintmouse.lu.

She set up Mumpreneurs Luxembourg on Facebook shortly before launching her business to “see if there were other mums out there with the same kind of challenges.” 

Positive response

The result was astounding. “I never expected there would be so many and that the feedback would be so great,” Angelique said. Mums meet once a month at coffee mornings in order to network and share their stories and questions. 

17.03.2015 Luxembourg, gare, Mumpreneurs, un groupe de mamans qui ont lancé leur propre entreprise, comité Katarzyna Kotodziejczyk, Angelique Supka, Laetitia Charaux et Kris Bugeja-Bernath photo Anouk Antony
17.03.2015 Luxembourg, gare, Mumpreneurs, un groupe de mamans qui ont lancé leur propre entreprise, comité Katarzyna Kotodziejczyk, Angelique Supka, Laetitia Charaux et Kris Bugeja-Bernath photo Anouk Antony

“Not everyone has a business already. We're not so strict. You don't have to be established to be a mumpreneur. It can be someone who has good ideas and would like to be inspired,” the mumpreneur explained.

Of those who are established, Mumpreneurs have created a varity of businesses in Luxembourg from retailers to service providers offering music classes and kids activities to child photographers and psychologists. 

So, what is it about mums that make them such budding entrepreneurs?

“When you become a mum, immediately you gain experience and you see what's missing, so you try to fill in this demand as well,” Angelique said, adding: “Most mums are in banking first. I hear so many say they are tired of banking. They want to do something different but it's quite hard to make the step. We're trying to help women not to be afraid.”

Growing trend

In addition to the monthly cofee mornings, the group also invites speakers to give workshops on relevant topics such as basic accounting and how to do tax returns. 

With 243 members on the Facebook group, Mumpreneurs Luxembourg responds to a growing trend in a country where entrepreneurship is greatly needed in order to diversify the economy.

Already, a handful of entrepreneurship platforms exist to help wannabe start-ups but what makes this group so different is the personal approach, which harnesses the altruisim of its members. Angelique sums it up: “I think women in general have a tendency to want to help others.” 

17.03.2015 Luxembourg, gare, Mumpreneurs, un groupe de mamans qui ont lancé leur propre entreprise, comité Katarzyna Kotodziejczyk, Angelique Supka, Laetitia Charaux et Kris Bugeja-Bernath photo Anouk Antony
17.03.2015 Luxembourg, gare, Mumpreneurs, un groupe de mamans qui ont lancé leur propre entreprise, comité Katarzyna Kotodziejczyk, Angelique Supka, Laetitia Charaux et Kris Bugeja-Bernath photo Anouk Antony

Mumpreneurs Luxembourg has so far given more women the confidence to get started and/or form business partnerships.

It was thanks to the group that Angelique found an outlet in Luxembourg to sell her brands.

Mumpreneurs, which is now run by four women, recently received asbl status and will shortly launch its own website.

To find out more, visit the Mumpreneurs Luxembourg Facebook group www.facebook.com/groups/mumpreneursinluxembourg, email mumpreneursluxembourg@gmail.com or call 691540164.

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