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7 October 2021
WEgate Summit 2021

WEgate Summit 2021 Agenda 

10:00 - 10:20 CET

#WEinnovate: Transforming the WEgate platform for the next generation of Women Entrepreneurs

The European Gateway for Women’s Entrepreneurship is going through an important transformation to better support its community and create new opportunities! Join the WEgate community of practice to learn about how you can get involved and use the platform to benefit your business! 


  • Welcome Keynote: Outi Slotboom, Director for Strategy and Economic Analysis in the Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs of the European Commission
  • David Caro, President of the European Small Business Alliance
  • Eva Merloni, WEgate Project Manager

10:20 - 10:50 CET

#WEdebate: Looking towards the future of Women Entrepreneurs

As we look at the horizon, we aim to focus on growing our economies and societies again, this time in a more resilient and inclusive way. This opens a perfect window of opportunity to look at what is needed by women entrepreneurs to start and grow with new business and leadership models. Taking a closer look at the results of the second edition of the WEbarometer - the first pan-European survey assessing the specific challenges of women entrepreneurs - we will examine the respondent’s suggestions on what needs to change to achieve a business environment that fits and supports women entrepreneurs across Europe.


  • Thomas Cooney, Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Technological University Dublin
  • Helle Neergaard, Professor of Entrepreneurship and Head of Section, Department of Management, Aarhus University
  • Alice Martin
    Co-founder & COO of Dermanostic

10:50-11:30 CET

#WEinspire: Women Entrepreneurs at the intersection of innovation and purpose

Women Entrepreneurs are championing the way towards an equitable future, transforming business models and leadership styles as they adapt to a more sustainable and purposeful growth trajectory. During this session we will discuss with three inspiring Women Entrepreneurs on the importance of raising awareness and valuation of sustainable practices towards the green and digital transformations.


  • Ann Hiatt, Founder of Hypergiant
  • Eva Diaz, CEO of Appogeo Digital
  • Maria Kottari, Founder of The Energy Matrix

11:30 - 12:00 CET


Join us on wonder.me here: 

    #WEgrow: WEgate Community Sessions

    12:00-13:00 CET

    WEgate Community Council: Gender equality for digital green transition

    11:30-16:00 CET

    Matchmaking Session 

    As our society is undergoing important transitions, be it green or digital, we must ensure that women and men have equal opportunities and that inequalities are not further exacerbated by change. We have to create conditions for women to be agents for a fair transition at work and in private. Thus, we want to put gender equality in the heart of EU policy and as such support WED.

    Moderated by Gabriela Kostovska Bogoeska, Executive Director of the Foundation of Management and Industrial Research, North Macedonia:


    • Giulia Sirigu, representative of the WEgate Thematic group: Policies & Programmes For Women Entrepreneurship
    • Simonetta Manfredi, Founding Director, The Centre for Diversity Policy Research and Practice, Oxford Brookes University
    • Nadine Nembach, International Co-president of the EWMD International
    • Yvonne Thompson CBE, WinTrade Global

    1:1 pre-scheduled meetings with women entrepreneurs and other participants across Europe

                                 13:00 - 14:00 CET LUNCH BREAK

    #WElearn: Workshops

    14:00-15:00 CET

    A Pitch Deck that Wins Investments: Tips & Tricks for Digital Startup

    Trainer: Marco Torregrossa 

    14:00-15:00 CET

     Finance your sustainable startup, finance your startup sustainably

    Trainer: Patricia Silva

    15:00-16:00 CET

    How to make your business sustainable? Interaction of Goals, Risks and Opportunities

    Trainer: Lilit Asatryan

    15:00-16:00 CET

    The Do’s and Don’ts of Digitally Funding your Company

    Trainer: Christin Friedrich

    16:00-16:30 CET

    #WEcelebrate: WEgate Awards Ceremony and Closing of the WEgate Summit 2021

    The WEgate Awards celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit of women across Europe, aiming to promote female leadership in business, give visibility to the diversity of WE and provide role models for emerging or future entrepreneurs.

    • Closing address and announcing the Winners of the Wegate Awards for Women Entrepreneurs in Europe: Hubert Gambs, Deputy Director-General in the Directorate-General for the Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises of the European Commission

    Join us in celebrating women who distinguish themselves as business leaders, through passion and creativity in their ventures, contribution to advancing the status of other women in their entrepreneurial journey!

    Closed since 6 October 2021
    Organised by
    Belgium 34
    Italy 30
    Greece 27
    United Kingdom 22
    Netherlands 20
    Spain 19
    Ireland 18
    Bosnia And Herzegovina 15
    North Macedonia 13
    Albania 12
    Germany 11
    India 10
    Kosovo 8
    Bulgaria 7
    Romania 7
    Slovenia 7
    France 7
    Denmark 6
    Portugal 6
    Serbia 5
    Sweden 5
    Ukraine 5
    Montenegro 4
    Lithuania 3
    Cyprus 3
    Hungary 3
    Switzerland 3
    Russia 3
    Türkiye 3
    Austria 3
    Finland 3
    United States 2
    Croatia 2
    Czech Republic 2
    Estonia 2
    Israel 2
    Malta 2
    Grenada 1
    Gibraltar 1
    Brazil 1
    Armenia 1
    Nigeria 1
    Poland 1
    Zimbabwe 1
    Zambia 1
    United Arab Emirates 1
    Georgia 1
    Total 344