#WER19 BUCHAREST WAS AN ABSOLUTE SUCCESS!
After the outstanding success in the previous cities, Women in Entrepreneurship Roadshow landed in Bucharest the 27th of June. The capital city of Romania hosted the fifth of 10 events across Europe. The goal of #WER19 is to connect 30 women entrepreneurs with VCs and top players in the European and the US ecosystem. The goal 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 a two-day 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 70+ 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 Thursday night, we warmly welcomed all the participants, mentors and speakers on our reception, hosted by the U.S Embassy at the Ambassador’s Residence in Bucharest.
On the next day, the female founders gathered at Commons, a beautiful workspaces located at the city center of Bucharest.
Ms. Abigail Rupp, Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S Embassy in Romania opened #WER19 Bucharest with and inspiring and empowering speech that cleared the way for the VC Panel, starring Alina Georgescu, the Investment Analyst of Catalyst Romania, Cristina Toncu, the Program Director of Techcelerator, Radu Stoicoviciu, Partner at Early Game Ventures and Matei Dumistrescu, Vice president of TechAngels.
The discussion, moderated by Nicholas Zylberglajt, president of EYIF, touched different controversial points, from the challenges that women have to face to the opportunities that the ecosystem offers nowadays to women, providing some tips when looking for funds.
After a quick coffee break, Cristina Chiriac, President at CONAF, and Ana Maria Stancu, CEO at Bucharest Robots, provided the founders with some interesting insights on the GES and YTILI programs and on the transatlantic collaboration between Europe and the United States.
After the lunch, all our participants had the opportunity to be advised by the top mentors that #WER19 managed to gather, such as Ciprian Negura, Senior Manager at KPMG; Virginia Oțel, President at PWN and Simona Sandru, Founder at GWIT among others. The mentors listened about their projects and shared with them their knowledge and tips.
Women in Entrepreneurship Roadshow is going to support the growth of 300 female founders and Bucharest is only the fifth stop of a journey that will touch 10 different European countries. Don’t forget to check our website and apply for the upcoming events! Our next stop will be in Dublin, the 29th and 30th of August 2019.