The Women in Entrepreneurship Roadshow is a project conceived by the European Young Innovators Forum, one of the leading organisation for youth innovation and entrepreneurship in Europe. WER is a non-profit project powered by the United States Mission to the European Union, Startup Europe, the European Commission and Amazon and its aim is to support and empower women entrepreneurs. The Roadshow consists of a series of 10 events across Europe with the goal of connecting 300 women entrepreneurs with 30 VCs and top players in the European and the US ecosystem in order to facilitate access to finance. The short term goal is to connect entrepreneurs with VCs and ecosystem builders and business angels and identify the main challenges women entrepreneurs face when accessing finance through workshops. The long term goal is to produce a report with our findings to present to the European Union with policy recommendations.
The aim of the workshops is to connect women entrepreneurs with VCs and business angels. During the workshops, VCs will have a chance to share some insights into the venture capital world, share advice and create connections with the WER entrepreneurs. For the WER entrepreneurs, this is a chance to meet the local, European and US entrepreneurial ecosystem, an opportunity to network with mentors, pose questions about your challenges and present your projects. For more information please see the agenda below.
This is an invitation only event
18.00 – 20.00 – Cocktail reception.
9.00-9:30 | Welcome and overview of the agenda
9:30-9:40 | Introductory remarks
9:40 – 11.00 | Investors panel
11:00 – 11:30| Coffee break
11:30 – 12:30| Conversation between entrepreneurs and VCs
12:30 – 13:30 | Lunch
13:30- 15:00 | Speed Mentoring Sessions
15:00 – 15:30 – l Closing Remarks.
The #WER events in Berlin is organized with the support of the US Embassy and in collaboration with the local partners.
As a main parner in the project, Amazon will offer to each confirmed participant:
$10.000 of AWS promotional credits valid for 2 years
$5.000 of AWS Business Support
$1.600 of AWS Training
Friday, 22nd of November
Nicholas Zylberglajt // President of EYIF
Nicholas is the Co-Founder of the European Young Innovators Forum, the leading foundation for Youth Innovation in Europe. He also co-founded EU Startup Services, EYIF’s consulting company aimed at supporting European startups to secure EU funding having supported more than 1350 Startups in more than 20 EU countries.
Jasper Masemann // Principal at HV Holtzbrinck Ventures
Jasper focuses in particular on B2B models, with a strong software or data component, and is looking for product solutions to complex problems. He has been responsible for HV’s investments in Zeitgold, Verbit.ai, i2x.ai, Ultimate.ai and Lingokids among others. Jasper was the CEO and single founder of greatcontent, a leading text production platform in Berlin, which he sold to MairDumont Publishing Group. Prior to joining HV he was also engaged as an angel investor in more than 10 companies like McMakler, HeavenHR, FitReisen and MQ Real Estate.
Jasper started his career at The Boston Consulting Group focusing on M&A, corporate development and corporate strategy in various industries. He holds two degrees in business administration from Lancaster University and ESB Reutlingen with “first class honours”
Sonja Radovic // Investment Manager
Sonja is an investment and portfolio manager at APX. She is in charge of all transactional work around initial investments and later stage rounds, and manages a portfolio of over 20 companies at the moment. Before joining APX, Sonja practiced law at a top-tier law firm, focusing on corporate, M&A, and real-estate law as a bar qualified attorney-at-law. As a graduate from the Master’s program in law and business of Bucerius Law School in Hamburg, as well as the Bachelor’s program in-laws at the University of Belgrade in Serbia, she was always certain that law is something that makes her both happy and that would help her fulfil her career goals – but she also decided that law is not enough to understand the big picture, so she made the change to investments and entrepreneurship. Sonja is very passionate when it comes to the topic of valuing diversity and personal biases in professional environments.
Gesa Miczaika // Co-Founder of Auxxo Beteiligungen
Gesa is one of the founders of Auxxo Beteiligungen, a gender lens investor focusing on female founders, female topics and female empowerment. Gesa is a growth expert with in-depth startup and consulting experience. She was the first employee at Blacklane, helping the company on its growth path. She has also worked as a consultant at the Boston Consulting Group and 3con Management Consultants and has led a range of freelance digital consulting projects. Gesa studied Business Administration and holds a PhD in Economics.
Nina Rinke // Investment Analyst Earlybird
Nina focusses on early stage investments in the fields of Consumer & LegalTech. She is a trained lawyer from LMU – Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich. Through a LL.M. at King’s College London, she specialised in IT law and data protection. Nina gained legal work experience with Linklaters, and also as a university chair at LMU where she published in a leading journal for public law.
Her keen interest on the impact of technology and data rose during her studies when she was working as one of the first employees at Celonis, a business that became the global category leader for process mining. While studying in London, she worked part-time with the investment team at Accel Partners to deep dive into the field of privacy technologies, initiating their investment in Privitar one year thereafter. This experience has sparked Nina’s passion for Venture Capital, whereby she supported the digital freight forwarder, FreightHub, in preparing their $30m Series-B fundraise and subsequently joined the Earlybird investment team in her hometown of Berlin.
Jennifer Phan // Associate btov
Jennifer joined btov, a European EUR 450M early-stage VC fund, in March 2019 as an Associate, she is responsible for; deal sourcing, screening, structuring and post-investment monitoring. She previously worked as a Venture Architect at Deloitte Digital Ventures, where she advised large corporations on digital strategy and corporate venture building. Prior to that she gained experience in Global Venture Development at Rocket Internet, Venture Capital at Global Founders Capital and Investment Management at Linus Capital. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business from the University of Mannheim and Master in Management, with focus on Entrepreneurship, from ESCP Europe.
Jorge Muñoz // Marketing Director EYIF
He has a strong background in Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations having worked in different European countries such as the UK, France, Belgium and Spain. He is the current Director for Marketing and Communications at Unmanned Life, Jorge was a Key Account Manager at one of the world leading advertising agencies, Saatchi & Saatchi, from Publicis Media Group, where he was responsible for key accounts across different B2C and B2B fields coordinating the work of different departments such as Art Direction, Design, Finance and Executive. He has managed multi-million euro and international campaigns for top Brands such as Nestlé, Nespresso, Perrier, San Pellegrino, Lexus, among others.
Ofira Engelberg // Marketing and Business Development Executive-Israel Trade Center
Ofira is a strategy and go-to-market executive with more than a decade of extensive experience, leadership, and is hands-on, in all facets of marketing and business development.
Having led strategy and marketing in a few successful Israeli startups, Ofira has a deep understanding of the mutual needs of the startup and the corporate and how to combine them.
In the last years, Ofira is bridging the gap between the Israeli tech ecosystem and the German market, connecting both parties for successful collaborations
Ofira is also the Founder of the Israeli-German business & tech community and the #inspiringwomenofberlin community.
Hillary Evans // Head of Finance and Operations
Hillary is the CFO at Heartbeat Medical Solutions, a Berlin-based start-up which offers a SaaS solution to collect the most important data point in healthcare – patient-reported outcomes.
Previously she led the Finance & Operations teams at Makerist, a Berlin-based B2B marketplace for crafters, where she focused on topics including fundraising, defining and streamlining processes, marketing efficiency and pricing. Prior to moving to Berlin she worked for five years in private equity investment with Moor Park Capital Partners in London. She studied at the London School of Economics and Kalamazoo College
Irina Nikolovska // Head of The Family Begins
Irina is part of The Family, where she is working towards building a unified pan-European ecosystem that gives local founders the opportunity to become international giants. As part of that mission, she leads the program The Family Begins, a 3-day Bootcamp where 20 startups get challenged by The Family, along with Europe best tech leaders. She also heads Sistership, an initiative that aims to steer a proactive discussion about diversity, and influence female presence in tech & entrepreneurship.
Margo McCullough // Founder and Managing Director M1 Talent
Currently residing in Berlin, Margo was raised in Silicon Valley since she was a young child, witnessing first hand the growth from orchards to the now global technology innovation hub.
As the Managing Director of M1 Talent and Executive Search firm focused on global growth companies she seeks and hires the best in the tech industry, as well as advisor of human capital growth and expansion. Partnering with start ups, public companies, venture capital firms and candidates globally in the US, EMEA, APAC, and LATAM.
Previously, she was the in-house executive search recruiter during times of high growth with; Yahoo! from 8,000 to 12,000. Criteo 55 – 350, Apple’s Global Online Store, and LinkedIn 1,500 to 8,000. Also, she has been a Mentor and or Judge to start-up accelerators TechStars, StartUpBootCamp, and Microsoft ScaleUp.
Katy Campbell // Investment Representative at Porsche Digital
Two-time founder, Katy is currently working with Porsche Digital to develop new startups across various ecosystems. She is also running “formation”, a startup school for founders, who identify as womxn or as part of a minority group. She was also leading the brand and communication team at APX, the early-stage VC from Axel Springer and Porsche. Driven by her passion for mental wellbeing and diversity, Katy is working closely with boards globally to make sure both these topics are at the forefront of discussions. Zalando, Rocket Internet and House of Malakai alumna.
Leonie Moos // Head of Program at Grace
Leonie is the Head of Program at Grace – Accelerate Female Entrepreneurship in Berlin. Prior to joining Grace she worked for the Fintech company builder Finleap, for startups in the e-commerce sector and a venture capital firm in Berlin. In addition to her extensive startup and investment experience she worked at global companies such as Vodafone, before that she began her career at the German Foreign Office. With this international and broad industry knowledge she is now dedicated to build a digital, gender diverse and entrepreneurial future.
Virginia Palm // Venture Partner Thinkt Digital
Virginia is a Venture Partner at Thinkt Digital, where she is building IoT-solutions for Industry 4.0. She is also a startup mentor, supporting young founders through her network and own experience, having been operational in several startups, an analyst at a Venture Capital firm, and consulting global companies on digital transformation after she founded her own startup at the age of 16. Before diving into the tech-world, Virginia studied Political Science and Economics at the University of Stockholm with a focus on diplomacy and international relations.
Andrea Fernández // Partner at Auxxo
Andrea is a partner at Auxxo, a gender lens investor focusing on female founders, female topics and female empowerment. Andrea is passionate about investing, building, and developing businesses and people. She started her career in Wall Street as an Equity Research analyst. Following her MBA, she worked in marketing at Colgate Palmolive and was Chief Merchandising Officer of FreshDirect, one of the US’s largest online food retailers. Andrea spent 8 years in Asset Management at Allianz Global Investors, holding leadership roles across various divisions. Most recently she was Chief Commercial Officer of LIQID, one of Germany’s leading fintech start-ups. Andrea obtained her MBA at the Harvard Business School and holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Val Racheeva // Founder and CEO Female Founder Space
Val is a change maker, entrepreneur and international keynote speaker, who holds degrees in Political Science and Global Economy. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, she gained broad experience in international higher education projects, as well as start-ups and international business consulting. She launched Female Founder Space, the global supportive community for female founders, entrepreneurs and creatives to kick-start and grow their business. Within a short time, she was able to organise more than 120 events and workshops in 13 European cities with more than 7000 women attended. For many women, this became an inspirational moment to start their entrepreneurial carriers. Later she co-published “The Female Founders Book”, the first book in German language to cover 30 inspiring stories of successful female entrepreneurs from German speaking-area and including a lot of extra information to guide women through the start-up process.
David Schreiber // Head of Cards Products Stripe
Primarily David and his teams are responsible for the card processing experiment of Stripe’s Global merchant base. In addition to this, David was involved in launching Stripe in Central Europe (DACH, Benelux, Nordics) and rolled out Stripe Connect for marketplaces across Europe. Prior to Stripe, David worked as a Consultant at McKinsey & Company, where he oversaw numerous digitisation projects for companies in the automotive and retail industry. Before that he worked as Co-Marketing Lead for a Berlin-based venture in the automotive industry. David graduated in Management Science from WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management.
Catherine Bischoff // Chief Relationship Officer
Catherine is Chief Relationship Officer at the Factory Berlin, Europe’s largest curated community of innovators and creators defining the future of work and a leading voice in Berlin’s tech and start-up ecosystem. As the Factory Berlin’s lead on strategic partnerships, she works with founders, investors, industry, accelerators and academic institutions to develop dynamic programs for Germany’s fast-changing global economy.
Prior to joining the Factory, Catherine managed international programs and global partnerships for the University of Waterloo’s Conrad School of Entrepreneurship and Business. She has also previously supported FTSE-500 companies, start-ups and governments with business development across the globe, including France, the Netherlands, Canada and the U.S.
Catherine brings a truly global mindset to the German innovation landscape and is passionate about creating collaborative opportunities that bring together the old and new economy and creative entrepreneurs from across all sectors.
Carina Thum // Key Account Manager and Project Manager Berlin Partner for Business and Technology
Carina is a Key Account Manager and Project Manager at BPBT, supporting innovative digital startups and corporates with expanding to or within Berlin. Having a background in digital business consulting at Accenture helps her to grasp and challenge digital business models.
Karolin Erdmann// Startup Coordinator Berlin Partner for Business and Technology
Karolin is the Startup Coordinator at BPBT, where she is responsible for the political coordination to improve the startup framework condition in Berlin, and in the scope of the Start Alliance to enable startups to internationalise. Previously, she advised foreign governments in developing countries on sustainable economic development.
Moritz Förster // Senior Communications Manager Openers
Moritz, is the Senior Communications Manager at Openers, He has almost 20 years in the media business as journalist and communications manager. As senior manager for Openers he is developing communications strategies and managing media relations for major VCs, international tech companies entering the German market, scale ups and cannabis companies. He had been Head of Global PR of a leading German distributor for pharmaceutical cannabis and is running the B2B online magazine krautinvest.de for the legal cannabis industry.
Anna Yukiko Bickenbach// Event and Program Manager German Tech
Anna is an American/Okinawan living in Berlin, currently working as the Event and Program Manager for GERMANTECH, building digital ecosystems for a sustainable future. Her past projects include Ecosummit – Europe’s #1 smart green business network www.ecosummit.net -, avesu vegan shoes – world’s largest vegan shoe distributor www.avesu.de-, and RESQ – Finnland’s most successful food waste app for enterprises!
She is a consultant for impact startups in accelerating strategic decision making & escalating impact growth in the German market. Her sustainability expertise is founded on an M.Sc. from the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin in Integrated Natural Resource Management, dabbling in Chinese evacuated solar tubes (CIB) and being part of the Ecosummit family. She also founded Ecotastic – the sustainable rewards app – in 2012 and is a managing partner at The Love of Chilies. In 2015 she also joined Loud Spring’s advisory board, Finland’s leading cleantech VC with over 180 million Euros raised and an impressive IPO. Soon joining their portfolio company ResQ as Germany’s country manager.
Fabiola Hochkirchen // Co-Founder Auxxo Beteiligungen
Fabiola is the Co-Founder of Auxxo Beteiligungen GmbH, an angel club focused on gender lens investing and impact. She has 17 years investment experience, 11 years in private equity, 6 years as active business angel with focus on health, education and sustainability. She is also the former Managing Partner at Arcadia Beteiligungen, a mid-cap private equity fund, and is a member of several advisory and supervisory boards. She hold a MA Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University, England.
Dr. Matthieu Voss// Coach Startup Incubator Berlin
Matthieu is the founder of MDW Digital ventures, a venture company investing in smart and disruptive projects. Previously Matthieu worked in major international consultancies and auditing companies. As a freelancer, he focuses on financial restructuring and organisation modelling in start-ups. He currently works for the Startup Incubator Berlin, a lean incubator focusing on academic startup teams. The incubator supports startup teams with know-how, infrastructure and scholarships.