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
4th April – Reception // Invite only
18:00 – 20:00 Networking cocktail.
9.30-10:00 | Welcome and overview of the agenda.
Nicholas Zylberglajt // President, EYIF
10:00-11:00 | VC Panel on Women Entrepreneurship.
Rita Baptista Marques // CEO, Portugal Ventures
Sofia Santos // Venture Developer, Faber Ventures
Stephan Morais // Managing General Partner, Indico Capital Partners
Claudia Almeida e Silva // Business Angel, Former Fnac Southern Europe CEO
Eduardo Sette-Camara // Head of Acceleration, Beta-i
Moderated by: Nicholas Zylberglajt // President, EYIF
11:00- 11:30 | Coffee Break
11.30-12:30 | Conversation between entrepreneurs and VCs
12.30- 13:00 | Transatlantic collaboration: YTILI & GES
Herro Mustafa // Deputy Chief of Mission, US Embassy in Portugal
Christianne Bleijenbergh // Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Portugal
Jaqueline Silva // Agency and Academy for Female Speakers
Todd Miyahira // Public Affairs Officer, US Embassy in Portugal
13.00- 14.00 | Lunch
14.00- 14.30 |Amazon Workshop on AWS Activate program.
14.30- 16.30 | Speed Mentoring Sessions/ Networking.
More than 10 experts will provide mentoring on:
16.30 – 17:00 l Closing Remarks.
The #WER events in Lisbon 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
6th – 25th March
Confirmation of final participants
Rita Marques // CEO of Portugal Ventures
She holds a degree (1998) and Master’s Degree (2000) in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Porto’s School of Engineering and has an MBA (2007) from the University of Southern California. She was the Executive Director of Porto Business School’s MBA and Post Graduate programmes (2016-2018), Coordinator of the University of Porto’s Project Unit (2008-2016) and Manager of the Asia-Pacific Market and of the Technology and Tourism sectors at Agência Portuguesa para o Investimento (2003-2006). She was also Senior Consultant at Microsoft Corporation (2006-2007), in the United States, and specialist at ANACOM (2001-2003). Rita has been the Chair of Portuguese youth foundation Fundação Juventude’s Supervisory Board since 2017. She provides consultancy services to several public and private entities related to innovation, public financing, internationalisation and foreign direct investment.
Sofia Santos // Faber ventures
Having over 13 years of experience in business consulting and early stage investment. Since 2013 has been working alongside Faber team in developing pre-seed and seed stage companies, from leading sourcing in PT to venture and portfolio development. Previously worked as a senior consultant at Mercer/Jason Associates and Ray Human Capital on organizational and talent development.
Sofia as a background on Organizational Psychology (ISCTE), on Foresight, Innovation & Strategy (ISEG), on Impact Investing (Oxford: Said Business School) and is currently pursuing a Master on Social Economics (ISCTE).
Stephan Morais //Managing General Partner of Indico Capital Partners
A leading venture capital firm based Portugal. Indico focuses on software as a service, artificial intelligence, internet of things, fintech, cybersecurity and digital companies, targeting investments at Seed to Series A level. Founded in 2017, the team at Indico were previously behind the majority of the Portuguese global tech success stories, as investors and entrepreneurs. Stephan was formerly an Executive Board Member at Caixa Capital, the Private Equity and Venture Capital fund management company of Caixa Geral de Depósitos with potential 700 Million Euros under management, where he led Venture Capital and co-led Private Equity investments. While at Caixa Capital, he led the most relevant international investment rounds of Portuguese technology companies. He has been a Non-Executive Director and Independent Board Advisor in numerous companies.
Cláudia Almeida e Silva // Singularity Capital
15 years of retail experience and 5 years in Business Consulting. CEO Fnac Portugal during 9 years and member of the group executive committee. Also responsible for Spain and Brazil board supervision.
Since 2018 embrace the entrepreneurship world founding Singularity Capital a private fund for early-stage start-ups. Mentor at Startup Lisbon. Independent Board Member at Group Carrefour.
Jaqueline Silva // Agency and Academy for Female Speakers
Jaqueline has worked on Business Consulting for over 15 years. She has successfully launched two companies in Portugal and is well recognised as a speaker and author. She is passionate about helping female entrepreneurs to achieve the best version of themselves by designing projects they love. is also working on Communication & Research for European projects such as an Agency and Academy for Female Speakers.
Herro Mustafa // Deputy Chief of Mission
Herro Mustafa began her tour in Lisbon, Portugal as Deputy Chief of Mission in July, 2016. Previously, she was the Political Minister Counselor at Embassy New Delhi. Prior to working in India, Herro was an Advisor to U.S. Vice President Joe Biden from 2009-2011, providing counsel on issues related to the Middle East and South and Central Asia. Herro was Director for Iran, Israeli-Palestinian Affairs, and Jordan at the National Security Council from 2005-2006 and Director for Iraq and Afghanistan from 2004-2005.
Eduardo Sette Camara // VC Panel
Head of Acceleration at Beta-i, 10+ years in VC and entrepreneurship, in love with with startups, learning, iterations, constant improvement & growth and cooking.
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.
Christianne Bleijenbergh // Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
Christianne Bleijenbergh started working as Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Portugal in August 2016. Previously, she worked in several positions at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague, mainly on European affairs, and at the Economic Affairs Department at the Embassy of the Netherlands to Japan. She has a Master in European Political and Administrative Studies and in Applied Economics.
Inês Lopo de Carvalho // Crest Capital Partners
Inês Lopo de Carvalho is an experienced Private Equity professional with over 10 years of experience of investment in Portugal and Spain. … more details