DAW Conference Chooses The 3 Startups Representing Belgium At SEUA 2016

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The DAW Conference bet on women-led startups for the SEUA 2016. Here are the Belgian representatives that made it to the European final in early 2017:

On September 22, during the DAW Conference closing ceremony at the European Parliament, Bogdan Ceobanu, Policy Officer at European Commission representing StartUp Europe, presented the winners of StartUp Europe Awards 2016 for Belgium.

Winners In The Creative, ICT & Social Category

The jury chose “Yeba” as the winner in the category of Creative, a Belgian brand which designs chic business bags for modern and active women; “Ozentic”, a startup that digitalize certificates of authenticity, as the winner in the category of ICT; and “Nappytalia”, natural and local products for women’s hair, as the winner in the category of Social.

In his intervention, Ceobanu explained to all the participants the StartUp Europe Awards 2016, an initiative promoted by the European Commission with the support of StartUp Europe and implemented by Finnova, with the final European ceremony being held in the first quarter of 2017. “We aim to help European entrepreneurs to create companies, to help them to grow them bigger and recently we started to think internationally. We believe that there’s a huge global opportunity and people from everywhere in the world can have a massive impact in this world. It’s just a matter of having a great idea and working on it”, Ceobanu remarked.

Fostering Entrepreneurship By Training Essential Skills

The jury was composed by Brian Rashid, Silicon Valley Startup Trainer and Motivational Speaker; Alexandra Dreschner, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at UCB (CSR); Haweya Mohammed, Co-Founder and Head of Communications at Afrobytes Paris and Jezabel Martínez-Fabregas, Expert in Strategic Communications and Political Marketing. They listened all the pitches carefully, asked questions to the startups and finally, they chose the winners of the Belgian National Final of the SEUA 2016.

Digital African Women launched the first edition of the DAW Conference to provide the opportunity for aspiring tech African women entrepreneurs to learn, engage and develop their entrepreneurship skills with immersive training while maximizing the power and use of technology.

During two days, September 21st and 22nd, different activities took place in the European Parliament as a workshop, panels with international speakers and the Pitch Challenge. From August 8 to September 21, registered startups were in a 6-week online pitch training program. One of the requirements to participate was that the startup had to be led by a female of any background or origin. This training program was a prerequisite to assist to the final Pitch Challenge at the DAW conference on September 22, pitching to become Belgian’s representatives at SEUA 2016.




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