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The first NextGen Women Entrepreneurs Week was vibrant and inspiring and gave 24 driven women entrepreneurs from Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia, Peru, Serbia and Vietnam the opportunity to work in-depth on further developing their ventures.

The women entrepreneurs were accompanied by dedicated mentors and investors from their home countries who supported the entrepreneurs intensively during the week, and used the opportunity to share experiences and practices, and to develop new international connections with other women.

Active personalities from the Swiss Ecosystem joined to provide input on various aspects of venture creation, such as incorporating user insights into business development, elaborating go to market strategies, learning first-hand what investors expect and about the importance of contracts and negotiation in all business development stages. They mentored startups, shared their experiences and experienced first-hand the level of motivation and drive of the participants.

The women entrepreneurs worked intensively on target focused pitching, engaged with their peers, and worked on their challenges in mentoring sessions. The level of professionalism, dedication and energy throughout the week was outstanding.

On the last day, 7 finalists pitched their companies to a high-level jury to compete for prizes sponsored by Go Beyond, a Swiss-based Angel Investor Network. Dang Huong Giang from Vietnam won with her venture Flexfit, followed by Alana Visconti from Peru with Mesa 24/7, Dao Lan Huong from Vietnam with Teky, and Andrea Baba from Peru with FitCo.

All the participants left Switzerland after the NextGen Women Entrepreneurs Week with new inputs, a sense for success, verification of their businesses by peers and mentors, and new contacts – which will hopefully be sustained and used to encourage more women to become entrepreneurs.

entrepreneurs

Anisa Bejko
AIO Business Solutions
Albania

Nerajda Dado
Carrot’s Art
Albania

Enxhi Dyrmishi
Social Triangle
Albania

Neslia Hajdini
Pikark
Albania

Zana Karkin
Bazerdžan
Bosnia & Herzegovina

Maja Miljevic
Fress
Bosnia & Herzegovina

Dijana Perić
Modamo
Bosnia & Herzegovina

Erna Sosevic
Bizbook
Bosnia & Herzegovina

Ivana Karalieva
Letz
Macedonia

Dragana Neshovska
Solevo
Macedonia

Doroti Pachkova
One Can
Macedonia

Marija Janjušević
Kidster
Serbia

Tijana Jovanovic-Petrovic
Koba Yagi Toys
Serbia

Natalija Ranisavljevic
Forecast ADS
Serbia

Branka Rakic
BiologicsHub
Serbia

Zvjezdana Crnogorac
Via Academia
Serbia

Andrea Baba
Fitco
Perú

Paola Pioltelli
Las Traperas
Perú

Francesca Valdivia
Q’uma Chocolate
Perú

Alana Visconti
Mesa 24/7
Perú

Dao Lan Huong
Teky
Vietnam

Dang Huong Giang
flexfit
Vietnam

Nguyen Thi Hong Hanh
GIỎIBOX
Vietnam

Nguyen Thu Trang
Tipsy Art
Vietnam

mentors & investors

Joniada Hito
Mentor
University of New York Tirana
Albania

Rafaela Rica
Mentor
Iceberg Communication
Albania

Arunima Singh
Investor
Yunus Social Business Balkans
Albania

Semina Husomanović
Mentor
Kolektiv d.o.o. – (Posao.ba)
Bosnia & Herzegovina

Belma Rizvanović
Mentor
Mozaik Foundation
Bosnia & Herzegovina

Bojana Škrobić-Omerović
Investor
Networks
Bosnia & Herzegovina

Nina Angelovska
Mentor
Grouper
Macedonia

Vesna Ivanoska
Mentor
Seavus Education and Development
Macedonia

Ivana Stankovic
Investor
South Central Ventures
Macedonia

Nana Radenković
Mentor
Nova Iskra
Serbia

Biljana Stefanovic
Mentor
Impact Hub Belgrade
Serbia

Dolores de Goytisolo
Mentor
Universidad del Pacífico
Perú

Isabel Elias
Investor
Angel Ventures Peru
Perú

Patricia Yong
Investor
PAD
Perú

Duong Van Anh
Mentor
I.value
Vietnam

Nguyen Thu Ha
Mentor
SME Mentoring 1 on 1
Vietnam

Shuyin Tang
Investor
Unitus Impact
Vietnam

hosts

Teresa Widmer
Global Manager – Swiss Entreperneurship Program
Swisscontact

Christina Grünewald
Coordinator
Swisscontact

Karin Martin
Co-Facilitator
Frischluft 

Andreia Fernandes
Co-Facilitator
SEABRAND

Andrea Tams
Contracting Expert
The Contract Center

Bettina A. Brand
Contracting Expert
The Contract Center

Susanne Grossmann
Investor & Jury Member
FINANCEcontact

Brigitte Baumann
Investor & Jury Member
Go Beyond

Alexander Stöckel
Investor & Jury Member
btov

Nikolaus Hutter
Mentor & Investor
Investment Ready Program

Christian Kranicke
Mentor & Investor
Leading Edge Advisors

Trudi Hämmerli
Investor & Jury Member
Go Beyond

Carole Ackermann
Investor
Business Angels Switzerland

Rosa Delgado
Mentor
VIP Consultants

Melanie Kovacs
Mentor
master21 academy

Philippe Lobo Küng
Mentor
The Code Venture

Sophie Bürgin
Expert User Insights
INNOArchitects

Aron Braun
Mentor & Investor
Zimballo GmbH

Luis Allo
Mentor & Jury Member
Johnson & Johnson

Katka Letzing
Mentor
Kichstart Accelerator

Joel Blom
Mentor
Joel Blom Story Advisor

Bettina Mindt
Jury Member
Mindt & Partner GmbH

Corin Ballhaus
Jury Member
Ballhaus Profiling

Leo Caprez
Investor & Jury Member
Viaduct Ventures

Leanne Hobbs
Mentor
MassChallenge

Petra Ehmann
Expert Business Development
Google

Rebecca Rachmany
Mentor
Gangly Sister Productions

Mariana Alba
Mentor
MassChallenge

Michiel Hamberg
Mentor
michielhamberg.com

Christina Brun
Jury Member
www.christinabrun.com

Christoph Forsting
Jury Member
Smallpdf GmbH

Caroline Gueissaz
Investor
Director Business Angels Switzerland
Business Angels Switzerland

Keti Gjipali
Facilitator Albania
Swiss Entrepreneurship Program
Swisscontact

Nina Nikolikj
Facilitator Macedonia
Swiss Entrepreneurship Program
Swisscontact

Alema Pelesić
Facilitator Bosnia & Herzegovina
Swiss Entrepreneurship Program
Swisscontact

Milena Milić
Facilitator Serbia
Swiss Entrepreneurship Program
Swisscontact

Kenia Ordonio
Facilitator Perú
Swiss Entrepreneurship Program
Swisscontact

Quynh Anh Nguyen
Facilitator Vietnam
Swiss Entrepreneurship Program
J.E. Austin Associates

Svetlana Basarić
Facilitator Serbia
Swiss Entrepreneurship Program
Swisscontact

Nilda Nika
Facilitator Albania
Swiss Entrepreneurship Program
Swisscontact

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