Successful Women Leaders in VC discuss the current funding environment. Women in VC are an inspiration to those searching for funding and those involved in the VC investment process at any stage or level. That is why under our initiative European Women in VC we started a series of online interviews with our prominent community members – to inspire, educate and share!

Kinga Stanislawska, the Founder of the Community, as head of the project in interesting business discussions about her guests opinions on the future of the investment market

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  • Itxaso del Palacio, PhD a Partner at Notion Capital

    Itxaso del Palacio

    An engineer, entrepreneur and venture capitalist. Itxaso del Palacio, PhD a Partner at Notion Capital - a leading European B2B #SaaS focused VC which has invested in companies such as GoCardless, Currencycloud, Tradeshift and Unbabel among others. Prior to that, Itxaso was the Investment Partner for M12 - Microsoft's Venture Fund in Europe. On the academic side, Itxaso is a Senior Teaching Fellow in Entrepreneurship at UCL School of Management. For the past nine years, Itxaso has taught entrepreneurship at UCL, Imperial College and the Royal College of Arts in London. She is also a Kauffman Fellows and she is very well connected to the global #network of fellow investors.

  • Amelia Townsend, Principal in London Burda Principal Investments

    Amelia Townsend

    Remember, every Women in VC Briefing is another opportunity to learn about venture capital investing, get hints on how to approach the funds in your region and globally. That is why you shouldn’t miss this one. Kinga Stanislawska (Experior VC) invited Amelia Townsend, Principal in London Burda Principal Investments. Amelia has spent six years in consumer venture capital investing at Burda Principal Investments and Unilever Ventures (prior to VC; 4 years in M&A consulting and founder of a non-profit women in business organisation in the UK). BPI is a global growth fund investing in consumer facing businesses like Etsy, Vinted / Kleiderkreisel, Zilingo, Skillshare, Rockets of Awesome, Bloom & Wild. Did you know that Burda was founded in 2015 and already has 3x unicorn size businesses within their portfolio across 3 region! You should hear those success stories. They are currently focused on consumer platforms, health and wellness (esp. digital therapeutic models), and fintech.

  • Beatrice Aliprandi - Principal at Talis Capital

    Beatrice Aliprandi

    Beatrice Aliprandi is a Principal at Talis Capital. She joined Talis in 2018 after spending three years working at Jefferies in their Investment Banking division, where she has been involved in several transactions primarily in the Technology, Media and Telecoms space with a combined value of c.$4 billion. Beatrice holds a MSc in Risk and Finance from The London School of Economics and a BSc in Business Administration from Università Bocconi.

  • Veronika Pistyur (Oktogon Ventures)

    Veronika Pistyur

    In 2016 Veronika won the Central European #Startup Awards Most Influential Woman category. In 2019 she was listed in Forbes Hungary among the 50 Most Influential Women💪💪. With an educational background in television directing (DLA), visual and cultural anthropology, and international relations, she has also produced television programs, run a communications agency, and worked in marketing. 🚀🚀She is a communication expert with skills to build bridges between the mainstream and hardly understandable issues of the society. She has proven to inspire the youth who wants to leave the country and show them options, meaningful, globally opened, and connected work environment from Hungary, going global.

  • Janneke Niessen, co-founder of CapitalT

    Janneke Niessen

    Janneke Niessen, is a co-founder of CapitalT, a VC fund that invests in technology companies using proprietary technology to evaluate entrepreneurial teams, with a focus on Northern Europe and UK. In the past she has started and exited 2 international tech companies. She is co-initiator of InspiringFifty, an initiative that aims to increase diversity in tech by making female role models more visible. As part of the InspiringFifty initiative, Janneke has published The New Girl Code, a novel for young girls. The goal of the project is to encourage young girls, inspiring them to pursue a career in technology and invest in an educational foundation focusing on math and computer science. Janneke was named Harper’s Bazaar Women of the Year in 2019, most prominent angel investor in 2018, Most Innovative Leader in 2016 and 2014 EY Entrepreneur of the Year, a few of many in a long list of honours for Janneke.

  • Evgenia Plotnikova from Dawn Capital

    Evgenia Plotnikova

    This time Kinga Stanislawska (Experior VC) hosted Evgenia Plotnikova from Dawn Capital. As a Partner Evgenia covers exciting B2B📈📈 companies in software and fintech across Europe. Since joining Dawn, Evgenia has led investments into BRYTER, Soldo, Dataiku, ZIVVER and ReachFive. Evgenia has spent multiple years in venture and private equity. Prior to joining Dawn, she was a VC at Atomico, where she spearheaded the firm's entry into France and worked with a number of pan-European and global businesses, including the likes of Ontruck and Memphis Meats. Before joining the world of VC, Evgenia was an investor at TPG Capital, where she executed numerous deals in telecommunications, retail, transportation and mining. She started her career at J.P. Morgan, where she advised businesses on potential M&A transactions as well as equity and debt financing.

  • Tatjana Zabasu Mikuž, Managing Partner in South Central Ventures

    Tatjana Zabasu Mikuž

    Tatjana Zabasu Mikuž, a Managing Partner in South Central Ventures, early stage #VC fund primarily active in the Balkans. She has been a venture capital investor since 2007 and has been actively involved in over 40 investments. After some years of working in the public sector and then in corporate finance in Deloitte, Tatjana co-founded the Slovenia-first venture capital fund in 2008. She then actively managed part of the fund’s portfolio and in 2015 co-founded South Central Ventures. As a managing partner she oversees the investor relations and fund operations, and is managing the portfolio of companies including Cognism and InPlayer.

  • Myrto Papathanou - Founding Partner at

    Myrto Papathanou

    Myrto Papathanou, a Founding Partner at, a venture capital #fund investing in early stage technology companies stemming from Greece. She has 15 years of experience in the fields of finance and #entrepreneurship and serves in the Board of Ferryhopper, Better Origin, Advantis Medical Imaging and Racecheck. Before co-founding Metavallon VC, she served as Group CFO and Head of Corporate Development at EFA Ventures, a group active Aerospace&Defense and high-tech verticals.Besides the amazing entrepreneurial experience Myrto has been active in supporting non-profit initiatives around entrepreneurship, women’s empowerment and volunteering, co-founding Ethelon and fundraising for Action Finance Initiative. Since 2019 she is part of the Advisory Board of womenontop top promoting women’s inclusion and representation in business.

  • Elina Halatcheva co – Co-founder and Managing Partner at BrightCap Venture

    Elina Halatcheva

    About being sector agnostic and a strong believer in technology investments Kinga will speak to Elina Halatcheva from BrightCap, an early-stage venture capital fund from Sophia investing in companies with defensible technology and significant global growth potential.
    Elina is a co-founder and Managing Partner at BrightCap Ventures with a background in investment banking, private equity and new business ventures in New York, London and Sofia.
    Prior to establishing BrightCap, she was part of the early management team of a B2B procurement platform where she drove the expansion into more than 50 industry sectors. Earlier, she was an investor at Citigroup’s private equity funds in New York ($600 m) and London (€1.1 bn) and a research analyst at Wit Soundview, New York, the first online platform for investment banking and research of emerging technology and e-commerce companies. She started her career as an investment banker at Salomon Smith Barney, Citigroup on Wall Street.

  • Cecile Blilious, Head of Impact & Sustainability at Pitango Venture Capital

    Cecile Blilious

    Cecile is the Head of Impact & Sustainability at Pitango Venture Capital, Israel’s largest VC, where she is responsible for adapting the worlds of ESG and the SDGs to the framework of mainstream venture capital. Cecile has extensive experience in the combination between the impact and technology worlds for almost 20 years. Previously, Cecile was the Founder and Managing Partner of Impact First Investments, Israel's first impact investing company

  • Gosia Karas, Investment Vice President at SoftBank Group

    Gosia Karas

    Dr. Gosia Karas is an Investment Vice President at SoftBank Group, where she leads investments into Memphis Meats , Fetch, Konfio, AlphaCredit, and Loggi. Prior to joining SoftBank, Gosia was a Senior Associate at a large cap private equity firm Onex in New York. She started her career at Bain & Company. Gosia graduated summa cum laude from Warsaw School of Economics as a valedictorian of her class. She holds a Ph.D. in Finance from the same institution, as well as an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School

  • Leesa Soulodre, General Partner at R3i Ventures

    Leesa Soulodre

    Leesa Soulodre is a General Partner at R3i Ventures living in Singapore, supporting many of the world's most promising early-stage deep tech companies in accelerating their growth is actively engaged in pioneering healthtech, artificial intelligence, robotics, cybersecurity, fintech, cleantech, smart city, and IoT technologies. She advises as an Entrepreneur in Residence/Mentor for Government High Commissions and Accelerators soft landing high growth deep tech and #medtech companies into the Asia Pacific and European Union. And most of all she is a champion for responsible investment. Correction: Singapore food security by 2030 (!) not 3030

  • Jenny Ruth Hrafnsdottir, Founding partner of Crowberry Capital

    Jenny Ruth Hrafnsdottir

    About women in venture capital, VC business ran just by women and taking a stage as the top Nordic VC promoting diversity investment. How to connect the Nordics with Central and Easter Europe all in the conversation between Jenny Ruth Hrafnsdottir, founding partner of Crowberry Capital and Kinga Stanisławska from Experior Venture Fund.

  • Laura Gonzalez-Estefanii - Founder and CEO of TheVentureCity

    Laura Gonzalez-Estefanii

    Laura Gonzalez-Estefanii - the founder and CEO of TheVentureCity, a venture accelerator designed to make the global entrepreneurial ecosystem more diverse, international and accessible to fair capital. Laura accelerates the growth of promising, early-stage startups in need of advice and support, empowers high-growth companies raising capital, and helps established companies reset to a more dynamic mindset. Her work extends across European, Latin American and U.S. innovation hubs. Since founding TheVentureCity in 2017, Laura has supported 37 companies through its Growth Program and an additional 20 companies through its first fund. She’s grown the reach of TheVentureCity to campuses in Miami and Madrid, as well as offices in San Francisco and Sao Paulo!

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The project is co-financed by Switzerland under the Swiss programme of cooperation with the new EU member states.

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