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 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
Thursday 31st October 2019
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.
Anna Apro // Partner of Oxo Holding
Anna is the Managing Partners of Cor-a-Medical, and Partner of Oxo Holding, a leading investment firm in the Central Eastern European technology sector. She is also a Shark Tank Investor.
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 // Brand Strategist and Project Design Expert
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.
Vivien Szalai // HR and self-development expert
Vivien is an HR and self-development expert whose mission is to make ambitious dreams come true. Her key areas are strategic planning, goal-setting, and building self-confidence. She uses creative tools to help people to discover their strengths and overcome their challenges. She is always on hand to help if you feel stuck and need some help in connecting the dots.
Kata Kevehazi // Founder of JOL-LET (WELL-BEING) Foundation
Kata founded the JOL-LET Foundation in 2002 with the aim to eliminate discrimination against women on the labour market, since then the organisation has been producing outstanding results; promoting gender equality, dual parenting, and family-friendly employment. She was also a policy officer for the Hungarian Women’s Lobby, former board member of the European Women’s Lobby,and founding member of Women Entrepreneurship platform. She is an expert of women’s employment, entrepreneurship, gender stereotypes and media; working as an advisor and trainer in multiple spheres.
She is currently a PHD student at Obuda University, where she is writing her dissertation about the importance of female entrepreneurship in the solution of global problems and sustainability. She holds an MA in economics from University of Economics of Budapest and postgraduate degree in management studies from Copernic Management Program (Paris).
Diána Páti // COO of Impact Shakers
Diana is the co-founder of Impact Shakers, a global venture studio tackling societal challenges through entrepreneurship. As the CEE ambassador of the Guild, she helps to strengthen female entrepreneurship in the region. She is the co-author of the startup policy recommendations for the CEE & the Western Balkans. She is also a co-founder of StartITup Gyor and the volunteer coordinator for TEDxGhent. As a Lantos Fellow, she contributed to the work of the House Foreign Affairs Committee of the US Congress. With Startups.be, Belgium’s central startup support organisation, She built a large network of partners from Europe’s major innovation hubs, secured EU funding through H2020 innovation grants and also played an instrumental role in establishing the European Startup Network.
Judit Bozsánovics // Innovation Coach
Innovation coach, startup mentor, former startup co-founder, whose mission is to foster that empathy driven businesses lead our future. Judit was previously an innovation manager in Sparklab by NN, top coach in Greenhouse, the incubator program of EIT Climate KIC and member of EIT Mentor and Coach Network, empowers corporates through innovation culture design.
Nóra Horváth Magyary // Managing Director at Communications Directorate of K&H Group.
Nóra is a qualified economist and PR expert. Over the past 17 years, she has been working as executive director in charge of communications at the K&H Group.
Her greatest professional achievements include the ‘K&H Gap In The Market’ enterprise promotion scheme, the ‘K&H MediMagic Story-Telling Doctors’ social volunteer program, the K&H Group’s corporate image change and rebranding campaign, as well as crisis communication in the biggest brokerage scandal in Hungary and in Coca-Cola’s international product quality crisis.
In 2017 and 2018, Marketing & Media awarded her the Marketer of the Year in Hungary, and Forbes magazine named her as one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Hungary’s Economy. She has also received multiple EFFIE and Kreatív awards, along with 1 International Digital Echo Award, 1 International Summit Marketing Effectiveness Award, and 1 Sándor Imre PR Award. She frequently speaks at international and Hungarian conferences, and is a regular guest lecturer at Hungarian universities. She also mentors young professionals both in and outside her company group.
Mónika Alíz Mészáros // EU project manager at Budapest Enterprise Agency
Mónika is the EU project manager at the Budapest Enteprise Agency, a member of EBN – European Business and Innovation Centres Network and part of the only certified EUBIC – European Business and Innovation Centre, in Hungary, since 2016.
She holds almost 20 years of experience as manager, mentor, lead beneficiary and subcontractor in the preparation, implementation and follow-up of various international funding projects (Horizon 2020, COSME, Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs, Interreg Danube Transnational Programme, Interreg Crossborder Cooperation Progamme, Erasmus+, EuropeAID).
For 3 years she has been presenting on the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women annual conferences and has been organising related parallel events in New York, USA where she provides training as well on funding opportunities. She has an academic background in international relations, and has studied in Finland and Japan.
Beatrix Bedo // Co-founder of Impact Hub Budapest
Beatrix is an experienced financial strategist and controller, and statutory auditor. She is one of the Co-Founders of Impact Hub Budapest. She is well experienced in leading project based teams, launching companies, stating risk areas and overviewing the operation of various organisations.
She is good at combining structured thinking with entrepreneurial ’get-it-done’ approach, and is the lead mentor and trainer at Impact Hub Budapest for several incubations, and acceleration programs. She is an angel investor, with a particular interest in health and community based investments.
Gábor Dehelán // Lead advisor at Start it @K&H Startup Inkubátor
Gábor is an innovation management expert, a visionary business development strategist, business coach & mentor, with a broad professional background spanning over 20 years – working for industries such as online/traditional business management, commercial, automotive, IT, and consultancy.
His venture, DGM Solution, offers a wide range of services and traction in business growth & innovation management, digital transition, business development, business model validation, business coaching, consultancy. He has been involved with Start it @K&H Inkubátor, since 2017, and with their recently organised first ‘Demoday’; they proudly presented 12 startups to receive investment from independent market players, at a total value of €3 million.
He takes pride in supporting local and regional business development of multinational companies, offering his expert knowledge and experience as a manager or leader, often being placed at the starting end of evolving SMEs in the internet economy era, and contributing at the early stage of numerous companies and startups; helping them to validate and build their business models and concepts.