• Agenda


    CEE Woman in VC CEE Women in VC
    Meetup '17

Tuesday, October 17th


Welcome party


End of day 1

Wednesday, October 18th




Breakfast + Networking


Welcome Speech

9:45 - 10:15

Keynote Presentation: "TBD"

Ruth Cohen-Dar, Deputy Ambassador of Israel to Poland

 Keynote Presentation: "If you want to go fast, go alone, if you want to go far, go together"

Eszter Szabo, President of the Business/Women/Angels association 

10:15 - 11:00

Panel Discussion

Success stories. How some of us managed to go straight to the top.

  • Women founders and Managing Partners will share their inspiring stories.
  • Successful carrier vs Life balance - why is so hard to strike a balance
  • Sasha Bezuhanova, Founder MOVE.BG
  • Kinga Stanisławska, Managing Partner, Founder, EVF
  • Heidi KakkoPartner, BaltCap Growth Fund
  • Moderator - Olga Kozierowska, Business Journalist, Founder Sukces Pisany Szminką

11:00 - 11:45

Panel Discussion

Issues and challenges senior-level women face every day in male-dominated VC market.

  • Let’s try to benchmark different countries, share best practices and try to find common solutions.
  • How entrepreneurs (portfolio companies) accept the women appointed to their boards and how likely they actually listen to what they have to say.
  • What are the future market trends and how do women affect market trends
  • Tatjana Zabasu, Managing Partner South Central Ventures
  • Sille Pettai, Fund Manager SmartCap
  • Olga Afanasyeva, Executive Director Ukrainian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association
  • Moderator - Anna Walkowska - Co-founder of Startup Poland, Director, Warsaw Chapter Startup Grind

11:45 - 12:30

Panel Discussion

Women backed venture capital funds - a short-term phenomenon or a long-term trend that will activate women in business ventures.

  • Is gender diversity just a slogan? What more can be done to ensure we move closer toward gender equality within VC.
  • Why to encourage women to join the VC sector? Why the diversity is so important?
  • Dagmara Nickel, CEO and Founder YouNick Mint
  • Barbara Nowakowska, Managing Director Polish Private Equity and Venture Capital Association
  • Marili Merendi, Associate, karma.vc.
  • Moderator - Marzena Bielecka, Managing Partner, Founder, EVF

12:30 - 13:30


13:30 - 14:15

Panel Discussion

Pay it forward - lessons learned from cooperation with portfolio companies?

  • Things I wish I’d known - lessons from the past
  • Why building the effective network is so important
  • The role of mentors in developing the company/start-up
  • Kreske Nickelsen, General Partner, CEO, Joint Polish Investment Fund
  • Lucie Winklerová, Head of People Development, Miton Czech Republic
  • Iwona Georgijew, Partner, SheXO and Diversity Leader, Deloitte Poland
  • Moderator - Barbara Piasek, CEO, Wolves Summit

14:15 - 15:00

Panel Discussion

What makes start-up successful or failure?

Senior level partners basing on their experience and portfolio companies will try to figure out what are the common features of:

  • Start-ups that have been most successful
  • Start-ups that have failed
  • Is it enough to mix successful start-up features to build a Unicorn
  • Zlatolina Mukova, Partner, NEVEQ
  • Ivana Šoljan, CEO, HUB385, Croatia
  • Zaya Kadyrova, Principal, EBRD Venture Capital
  • Moderator - Agnieszka Zielinska, Partner, Financial Advisory Services, Deloitte 

15:00 - 15:45

Panel Discussion

Observations of Fundraising Climate


One-one meetings + Networking


End of day 2


Closing / departures

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