Women with entrepreneurial ambitions can hone their skills with a new course.
The Coventry-based Women's Business Development Agency (WBDA) - part of the Regional Women's Enterprise Unit - has launched a free intensive training programme.
The scheme explores the reasons for an under-representation of women in high-growth business. It will also provide training and mentoring for those with potential high-growth business ideas.
The scheme is funded by Advantage West Midlands, the Small Business Service and the European Social Fund and was developed with the University of Warwick Science Park.
Sally Arkley, WBDA director said it would address areas such as a lack of managerial experience and business under-funding.
"We believe building the confidence of aspiring women entrepreneurs is especially relevant to women working in high growth businesses which remain overwhelmingly male-dominated," she said.
"Women in the West Midlands have a single point of contact to turn to for support.
"The emerging role of women in business is a real opportunity to enhance the regional economy in the West Midlands and at the same time act as a catalyst for other regions to follow."
Established in 1990, WBDA is a non-profit-making company which provides enterprise and economic development services to women in the West Midlands and South West.