Competitiveness and Innovation – Won’t Happen Without Women

First Workshop – at Impact Hub, Budapest on 9 October, 2017

Participants: 110 with 22% men
Outcome of the World Cafe part: women want network and training

„A special workshop held in Budapest was designed to encourage women to become business decision makers, investors or owners of businesses capable of successfully competing in the global arena. As a general rule, women are underrepresented in these roles in most of the places, particularly in Hungary. The Women/Business/Angels initiative used this event to launch collective brainstorming and community building towards making a change happen, looking for ideas on to how to involve more women – and men-beginners – in providing market-based financing, using their own funds, for innovative startups in Hungary and the CEE region.
To fill the gap in the Hungarian innovation ecosystem and to promote a more balanced gender representation among business angels, Antal Károlyi, President of the Hungarian Business Angels Network (HunBan) asked Eszter Szabó, the first female member of HunBan (and an angel investor of edUcate) to help mobilize women. Angel investors play a key role in the ecosystem as typically they are the ones who provide first-round investment for startups.„ Out of 100 participants more than 20% were gentlemen.
Speakers included
Candace Johnson, President of the European Business Angel Network, Orsolya Párkány Cofounder of joinmywedding, Katalin Ivánka Ivánka Designbeton co-founder, Lénárd Horgos, Partner at Absolvo Consulting, Veronika Pistyur, MD of Bridge Budapest moderated a panel of successful businesswemen. Alain Nadeau, Head of Office in EIB, Hungary.