Nine angel investor training sessions, almost 50 international conferences, gatherings, business meetings, and increasing membership: the Women Business Angels Association celebrated its first anniversary in early September 2018.
By working together with Hungarian Business Angel Network (HunBan), the ultimate strategic objective of the Women’s Business Angels Association is to increase the number of female decision makers in the innovative entrepreneurship sphere in Central and Eastern Europe. To achieve this, the Association applies three key initiatives: firstly, co-educated business angel investor trainings; secondly, acting as a knowledge center and disseminating information about new investment schemes; and thirdly linking cross-border networks innovation ecosystems.
The international recognition of what we do has been significantly increasing. We have already visited Norway, Israel, and lately we have been invited to Prague as well to meet the key players of the local innovation ecosystem. What’s more, we have already hosted business women delegations from Norway and Albania.
As one of the guest speakers, we participated in the Krynica Economic Forum, the largest Davos like economic forum, organized in Poland on the 2nd week of September that attracts more than 4,000 decision makers and 800 journalists every year. Hungary was represented by Adam Szigeti, State Secretary responsible for Innovation, Eszter Szabó, President of the Women Business Angels Association. This event was a significant opportunity for us as we believe that winning in the global innovation competition is possible only if we think regionally, or even globally.
At the latest occasion of our business angel trainings that are unique in the Hungarian market, we celebrated our first anniversary, where one of the members of our Association, the well-known data scientist, and innovative social platform builder, Attila Petróczi talked about a very thought provoking topic that generated lots of lively conversations among the participants: „What does it like going through the growth phases of a startup company within the organization?” Attila took an active part in the formulation and development of the Data Science Budapest Meetup group in Budapest, and one of the key organizers of the global CRUNCH Data Engineering and Analytics Conference.