#WER19 BRUSSELS: A QUICK RECAP OF THE EVENT
Women in Entrepreneurship Roadshow finally landed at our home, the home of the European Young Innovator Forum, Brussels. The capital city of Belgium hosted the third of 10 events across Europe, in an unusual one-day event that was also part of the road to GES series of events organised by the US Embassy.
The goal of #WER19 is to connect 30 women entrepreneurs with VCs and top players in the European and the US ecosystem. The aim of the project is facilitating access to finance and knowledge for women entrepreneurs as well as providing them with top advice from experienced mentors in an event that aims at empowering women and broadening their connections in the local ecosystem.
The #WER19 Jury had a very hard time in selecting, among the 60+ applicants, the top women entrepreneurs that will participate in the event.
The 30 selected female founders have received $10.000 of AWS promotional credits valid for 2 years, $5.000 of AWS Business Support and $1.600 of AWS Training offered by Amazon, a main partner in the project.
On Wednesday the 8th of May, the US Embassy welcomed the participants of #WER19 Brussels in the beautiful Hoover Franqui Conference Center.
The event kicked off with a Panel that provided a transatlantic, regional and local perspective on VC funding, starring Leonard Soenen, Principal at Volta Ventures Associate, Mathilde Levy, Investment Manager with Finance.Brussels/SRIB and Claire Munck, CEO & Administrator with Be Angels Network.
The discussion, moderated by Nicholas Zylberglajt, president of EYIF, touched different controversial points, from gender-bias to due diligence, providing precious insights for entrepreneurs on how to successfully pitch and overall gaining awareness on the difficulties in accessing finance for female founders.
But that’s not all, #WER19 has managed to gather top mentors to support the entrepreneurs into growing their projects on different subjects, from Finance to Marketing, from Operations to Public Relations. The female founders shared knowledge and participate in a speed-mentoring session with 8 top mentors such as Nadia Aimé, Founder of She Leads Digital.
The event closed with a networking cocktail reception hosted by the US Embassy, where Ronald J. Gidwitz, U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium, Gordon Sondland, Ambassador U.S. Mission to the European Union and the Dutch Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium, Maryem van den Heuvel shared some closing remarks on entrepreneurship in general and on the importance of #WER19 for the entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Women in Entrepreneurship Roadshow is going to support the growth of 300 female founders and Sofia is only the fourth stop of a journey that will touch 10 different European countries. Don’t forget to check our website and apply for the upcoming events!