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Pre-Summit Debate How To Allocate Funds To Increase Funding Going To Women Led Business & Women Led VCs


Debate on fund allocation and criteria to increase the funding going to women led VCs, women led innovative solutions, women startups and women led businesses. Which kind of quotas and criteria are required to drive change?

The event is organized by Knowledge4Innovation Forum in collaboration with Collabwith Hosted by MEP Susana Solís Pérez on Thursday, 29 October 2020 as an Online Event.

This debate has to provide a clear set of guidelines to establish ambitious goals to drive the change that our society needs.In Europe, we are in times where unprecedented budgets have been discussed to recover the European economy, to make our European industries and society greener and more sustainable and to digitize Europe, on top of the budget to research and innovate with the program Horizon Europe. This is the moment to discuss how all these funds will be allocated to increase women and diversity innovation impact in our European industry and society. Women and diverse teams care more about impact, sustainability and positive innovation.This debate is for MEPs, policy makers, EC experts, industry leaders, the banking sector and innovation ecosystem leaders. As the EIB said in its latest report (June 2020), “there is a paramount need to increase the quantum of financing available to female entrepreneurs going forward, and European institutions and programmes have the means to lead the way by prioritising investments in this area and crowding in additional financing”.

This pre-summit (12 European Innovation Summit, 7-11 December) virtual debate has the objective to present and discuss the criteria for allocating capital to women-led VC funds and startups. Shiva Dustar will present the last EIB report “Funding women entrepreneurs: How to empower growth” (EIB, June 2020). The session will inform about the status-quo and identify speakers for the relevant sessions at the 12 EIS. As a result recommendations will be formulated and submitted to the European Parliament and European Commission.

  • Susana Solis Perez, Member of the European Parliament
  • Shiva Dustdar, Head of Innovation EIB
  • Paola de Baldomero, Mandate Development Manager at EIF
  • Carol Tarr, President, Fellow Included VC, Lecture Nyenrode University,  President and Chair of Board Harvard Club of the Netherlands, business angel and founder
  • Tamara Obradov, VC fund manager and Partner Tablomondo, The Fundrigth Initiative Netherlands
  • Dr. Nakeema Stefflebauer, Founder & CEO FrauenLoop, Fellow Included VC
  • Helena Torras, Managing Director Paocapital, co-founder WeRock Capital.

Moderated by Jara Pascual, CEO Collabwith, Roland Strauss CEO Forum Knowledge4Innovation, and Robbert Fisher President Forum Knowledge4Innovation.

This is our first pre-summit debate about funds allocation, before the 12th Innovation Summit in the EU Parliament on 9th December, we will host one day for women investment.

–> 1% (covid19 effect) Current funding going to women-led-business

–> We defined 3 action points to act in the EU Parliament

Read here the full speech from MEP Susana Solis.

Read more about the pre-summit debate about Innovation Ecosystems and Women Investment, here.


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