Dare you become an entrepreneur? Or you already dared to start your own business venture – now dare you take that next step to grow? Women are less likely to be entrepreneurs. Only 3 out of 10 entrepreneurs are women. Women tend to run smaller companies. This is changing fast with more women stepping out on their own, and stepping up their businesses.
There is no one single formula for success as an entrepreneur. It comes down to unpredictable mix of ambition, innovation, a great idea and timing. In this panel discussion we talk to entrepreneurs at different stage of their entrepreneurial journey. From a serial entrepreneur, a start-up, venture capital coordinator and an independent professional.
The panel will share their experiences, successes and challenges about:
– Why they took the entrepreneurial route?
-What were the things that helped them on the journey?
-The high and lows of being an entrepreneur?
-Advice to anyone thinking about being an entrepreneur?
-How to take your business venture to the next level?
-What it takes to be successful as a woman entrepreneur?
If you’ve ever wondered if you should dare to leap into being an entrepreneur, or dare take your business to the next level, then don’t miss this event.
Meet our panelists:
Founder & President of the WomenWay Association – Business Network and Mentoring Platform for Women Entrepreneurs, Executives and Board Members, connecting over 10’000 women on a national and international level.
Founder & President of the Female Founders Association – organizing the Female Founder Summit in Switzerland, a yearly event with over 300 at- tendees, featuring pitches and showcases of innovative Female Founders, in- sights from the Ecosystem, access to Investors, Venture Capitalists, Business Angels, Corporate Venturing Initiatives, Networks and Mentors.
Active in Company Building, Investment Advisory (PE & VC), Business Devel- opment and Project Management in the Finance and IT industry, with an exten- sive network to Family Offices, Private Investors, Venture Capitalists, Business Angels, Private Equity Firms, Pension Funds, throughout Switzerland, Europe, Middle East, Asia and the US.
(Co-)Founded and built a number of businesses and led large projects in soft- ware, web and mobile development in the TMT and finance industry.
M.Sc. from the University of Zurich in Psychology (Psychological Methods / In- formation Architecture) with a minor in Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence / Complex Systems).
Mimoza Paloka******“I used to be a technical graphic designer (Polygraf in Switzerland) for ten years, when I decided that the time has come to finally be self-employed. Mostly to escape the hamster wheel of the comfortable 9-to-5 job, because it was more of a 9-to-open-end on a daily base. Managing my own time and being responsible for both my success and failure is highly rewarding, although not always easy.”
Tobias Erik Gunzenhauser
Tobias did not understand why baby food is canned and shelf stable for several years. That is why he and two friends founded yamo. Yamo is the first fresh, all natural, all organic and Swiss made food for babies. Tobias has a background in economics and worked in Brand Management for some years.
Jana has over 15 years of international professional experience – ranging from corporate law, international tax law and strategic business consultancy for Clifford Chance, Deloitte and EY. She started her own entrepreneur journey 3 years ago – with starting, growing and exiting local Zurich based business in the wellness space. She is currently focusing on cofounding consulting for entrepreneurs.
Combining her legal and business background and practical project and entrepreneurial experience – Jana’s mission is to help entrepreneurs to build cofounding teams that will perform and last.
Jana is writing a book on business partnerships – Cofounding the right way – covering holistically the topic from selecting the right cofounders through team organisation and governance, equity splits and cofounders agreements. She is also coordinating the development of standardized solutions and templates for implementing dynamic equity splits in Europe – in cooperation with Mike Moyer – author of the Slicing Pie. With focus on cofounding and business parnterships, Jana is also working with individual cofounding teams, delivering workshops and key note speaches and is a mentor for Kickstarter Accelerator in Zurich and Masschallenge accelerator in Lausanne. Next to that she is also organising a volunteer knowledge sharing and networking platform – Swiss Startups Club.
Jana has lived and studied Czech Republic and the Netherlands and during her international consulting years worked in 20+ European countries. She speaks five languages, has three cum laude legal degrees in international and European law and an executive MBA from RSM. She loves to learn new things, spend time in the mountains and despite being Czech by origin – good wines.