Engage more women in the innovation decision making in cooperation with men

„I hope the Hungarian Women/Business/Angels initiative which connects four co-working offices and several female business networks as partners for impact, will develop into an innovative model that can be translated to the entire CEE region and even to the whole of Europe. I am happy to support and help to develop this model.“

Candace Johnson President of the Association of European Business Angels (EBAN)

Are you interested in an alternative option to your current life strategy besides working in the corporate world or leading your own company?
Would you like to see more competitive, innovative and blitz scaling firms opening in Hungary, and in Central and Eastern Europe to increase the gross domestic product, and by this the standard of living? Do you think it is important that the decisions on the innovative companies should be made by both men and women? All the above have been facilitated, supported and promoted by our association. Hopefully, in cooperation with you!

From 2017, in Central and Eastern Europe, mainly in Hungary, we added a missing element to the innovation ecosystem by providing information to the public and those potentially or actually interested in business angel investments . We share what additional support women need in the journey of becoming a business angel or founder of an internationally competitive company in today’s digital era. Where the examples and role models are? Cooperation with men is essential in whatever we do.

Coeducational business angel training
Courses to educate future angel investors – both women and men – through real life examples and with experienced angel investors. We share proven business knowledge and experience available. We give interested people an insight into the complex cooperation of investors and innovative and competitive companies. Having finished a pilot business angel investor training program in 2017- 2018, we aim to facilitate the development of business angel groups.

Mentoring and networking
By building up and sharing social and knowledge capital we unfold new business opportunities and make them accessible for both the angel investor and the entrepreneurial sides. Business angels contribute to the development of innovative companies by sharing their own funds, experience, knowledge and social capital.

Methodical center
The Women/Business/Angels Association acts as a center of knowledge and methodologies at both country and international levels. It strengthens the culture of competition and cooperation to enhance the competitiveness of both the countries and the companies.

Region creation
Along with the theme of including more women into the innovation decision making, we link co-working offices and women business networks on the local and international markets. Our goal is to broaden and strengthen the rapidly developing innovation ecosystem of the region.

As a promoter of angeldom and Central Eastern Europe (CEE) as an emerging innovation hub we support the goals of EBAN, CEEBAN, NORBAN, HUNBAN associations as well as connect with other players of the innovation ecosystem. Together with our partners – coworking offices, women business networks, and chambers of commerce and industry – we work on methodologies that empower women participation in innovation in a region where the capital accumulation as a life strategy was chosen by a few only, and where merely 28 years experience was piled up on how a market economy operates.

Employer branding
Women’s participation in the innovation is getting into the spotlight in the developed economies. With our support, companies and their leadership can participate in changing the social and private economic behavioral patterns of CEE. Companies can participate in the creation of a new culture and framework of the innovation decision making, where women and men, and more generations can and want to cooperate. This represents opportunities for companies and their employees.

Women/Business/Angels Association is a professional business non-profit, non-political organization supporting female participation in the innovation decision making the CEE ecosystem missed so far. Our Association promotes and enables women and men to become business angels and/or an internationally competitive entrepreneurs. In Hungary, women’s participation in both areas is still insignificant. As business angel investments imply not only providing financial resources, but sharing knowledge, experience, and social capital, we think women’s involvement in a larger number and in new forms would bring economic benefit to all. Man play a crucial role in this development. Our focus is on the Critical To Quality Items driving cultural chgange. We work on promotion, training, network building, mentoring, cultural change, creation of a #CEEforInnovationHub by engaging change makers, like you and the organization you represent.

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Contact Women / Business / Angels Association
Eszter Szabó, President, @eszterforcee
Facebook @wbusinessangels