The role of women – Forum & roundtable on 22nd November

The role of women in re-launching the economy and innovation decision making

The role of women in re-launching the economy and innovation decision making

Forum & policy stakeholder roundtable

22 November 2021

Join us live in Budapest, or follow the discussion online!

The global pandemic has affected our lives in almost every aspect from our health and families to our economy and our prospects. It is a challenge not only to re-launch the economy but to re-launch it on a path that leads to more resilience, growth and sustainability on a national and a regional basis.

This path should include more women and more investments into innovation in the V4+ and the Central-Eastern European regions where market economy is much younger than in Western Europe. As a non-profit, nonpartisan organisation driving the discussion we connect stakeholders from two axes – V4+ countries plus Norway, Serbia, Romania – for the first time. This is why a policy discussion is long due on the topic of business angel investments, innovative start-ups and more female participation in both parts.

We invite the stakeholders to discuss their approach, share their opinions and display their results in special roundtables on innovation and business angel investments.


15.00 – 15.15
Registration, Welcome coffee
Introduction of the “Ask about WINGATE!” desk

15.15 -15.20
Welcome from Women / Business / Angels Association – Eszter Szabó (President)

15.20 – 15.30
Opening speech: Amb. Petr Mareš (Executive Director, IVF, TBC)

15.30 – 16.20
How to involve more women into innovation funding? Opportunities and bottlenecks
Policy stakeholder roundtable. (Supported by the IVF)
Moderator: Edit Szilágyiné Bátorfi (Former Executive Director, IVF)

  • István Szabó PhD. (National Research, Development and Innovation Office, Vice President for Science and International Affairs)
  • Irén Márta (Director, Business Council for Sustainable Development in Hungary)
  • Beatrix Bedő (Co-founder, Incubation Lead, Angel, Impact Hub)

16.20 – 17.10
Innovation in many colors – Innovation support case studies with the support of the WINGATE project
(Co-funded by the EEA and Norway Grant Regional Cooperation Grant)
Moderator: Beatrix Bedő (Co-founder, Incubation Lead, Angel, Impact Hub)

  • Jeanette Grendahl (Women Investment Network, Norway, TBC)
  • Emilia Mamajova (Co-Founder, Espira Investments, Czech Republic)
  • Aleksandar Bijelić (Director, SeVeN, Serbia)

17. 10 – 17.20
Key takeaways in innovation and the role of women in funding
(V4+ and WINGATE panels + audience)

17.20 – 17.30
Closing speech: Janina Lamøy (Innovation Norway)

Invitation from the Norwegian Ambassador to Budapest (TBC)

18.00- 19.30
Reception at the Norwegian Embassy (with separate invitation & registration)

The working language of the forum is English.

*We reserve the right to change the program!

Come and join us live in person!

When: 22. November 2021. – 15:00-18:00

Where: Novotel Budapest City & Budapest Congress Center
1123 Budapest, Alkotás utca 63-67.


How to participate

For personal attendance, please register here:



The event is available online on Zoom, please click here to register in advance!


The event is an opportunity to learn from the experiences of two different projects that nevertheless have similar goals – supporting innovative women entrepreneurs and business angels – and an overlapping geographical coverage.

The WINGATE project: Serbia, Romania, Moldova, Hungary and Norway

We are also beneficiary partners in the WINGATE project, funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Regional Cooperation. This consortium work across Norway, Serbia, Hungary, Romania and Moldova, supporting and training women entrepreneurs and women business angels.


The Visegrad 4+ project: Visegrad 4+ countries

Women/Business/Angels Association is the consortium leader of a project, co-funded by the International Visegrad Fund, with participating partners from the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Georgia and Moldova besides Hungary. We aim to support the development of business angeldom and innovation ecosystem building in these countries and within that, the role that women play in making investment decisions in innovative startups.


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