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
19:00 – 21:00 Networking cocktail.
9.30-10:00 | Welcome and overview of the agenda.
10:00-11:00 | VC Panel on Women Entrepreneurship.
11:00- 11:30 | Coffee Break
11.30-12:30 | Conversation between entrepreneurs and VCs
12.30- 13:00 | Transatlantic collaboration: YTILI & GES
13.00- 14.00 | Lunch
14.00- 14.30 |Amazon Workshop on AWS Activate program.
14.30- 16.30 | Speed Mentoring Sessions/ Networking.
16.30 – 17:00 l Closing Remarks.
The #WER events in Budapest 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
To be confirmed…
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.
Veronika Pistyur // General Partner of Oktogon Ventures and CEO of Bridge Budapest
Brand strategist, startup mentor and ecosystem-builder. Veronika was previously a mentor at Kitchen Budapest and the Hungarian Templeton Program, at Design Terminal and a top mentor at Telenor Accelerate Program. In 2016 she won Most Influential Woman at the Central European Startup Awards.In 2018 she was named among the Most Inspirational Women in Hungary (Femcafe), and in 2019 she was listed in Forbes Hungary among the 50 Most Influential Women.
Sára Vargha//Senior Analyst at PortfoLion
Having joined PortfoLion VC in 2017, Sára is mainly involved with investments in fintech and digital technology related startups. She has screened hundreds of innovative projects and worked closely together with several tech companies to help them realise their growth potential. She has a Master’s degree in Strategic Entrepreneurship from the Rotterdam School of Management and a strong background in finance and accounting.
Jorge Muñoz // Marketing Specialist
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.
Dr Andrea Kozma// Director of the CEU iLab
As Director of CEU InnovationsLab, a business incubator of the Central European University, Kozma has created a method to generate, screen, co-develop projects for incubation. She designed and developed startup entrepreneurship curriculum jointly with various CEU Departments – including for example LLM Clinic with Legal Studies – as well as coaching methods and a mentor network to support the incubation program. She designed and built the program, which quickly became the best incubation program in Hungary in 2017 and was recently regarded by Forbes US as a significant contributor of the Hungarian startup ecosystem.
Mary Alcantara // Deputy Managing Director of MKB Fintechlab
Mary has been a key player in the Hungarian startup ecosystem for the last 7 years. Not only as the Deputy Managing Director of MKB Fintechlab, Hungary’s first fintech investor and innovation lab owned by MKB Bank, whose mission is to transform Budapest into the fintech capital of the CEE region, but also through her work as a founding partner of tandemLEAP, a business management company with offices in Budapest and New York City.
She has consulted and mentored for many of Budapest’s leading incubation and accelerator programs, including the Hungarian government’s INPUT Program, and is a founding member of the Hungarian Business Angel Network. Mary received a Bachelor’s Degree from Harvard University and an MBA from Central European University.
Nikoletta Szirmay // CEO of Enchanting
Nikoletta is an independent forward-thinking doer, a self-made international communication and PR professional with more than a decade of experience in different industries. In her professional approach, business PR is one of the best tool to optimise entrepreneurs’ relationship and cultrural capital by attracting the right organisations; persons; journalists; and influencers with the right attitude, driven by integrity.
Réka Matheidesz // Freelancer
Réka is a practice-oriented manager with 20 years of experience in building up and leading projects and organisations. As an innovative entrepreneur and mentor at diverse incubator programs she has a strong background in design and development of innovative projects and start-ups. Currently she is the head of the Conscious Business Players Network. She was awarded the “ E&Y Innovative Entrepreneur of the Year 2009, Ambassador for Creative Entrepreneurs and shortlisted for Women of Excellence Award by the American Chamber of Commerce in 2011. for her professional achievements.