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EIT Food EWA Networking Online Event 2021


Become a member of the unique EWA entrepreneurial community and discover possibilities for your business development

Despite efforts to reduce bias and promote equity, gender-based barriers persist and prevent women from realizing their full potential. Over one billion people are employed in agriculture globally, 38% of whom are women. Research shows however, that women are much more conscious about the environment and push for more bold decisions to mitigate the risks caused by the climate change. Women are sustainability leaders both in the governments and in the households. Will they play the same role in the business world?

We will answer that question during an open session of EWA Networking Online Event 2021 the 9 December. We will also discuss barriers faced by women when looking for funding and how to involve investors in promoting women-led startups.

Among speakers of two separate panel discussions are:

  • Taryn Andersen, CEO and Co-Founder at,
  • Dilian Popov, Education Director at BEC (Bulgarian Entrepreneurship Center) and Co-founder at SmartVarna NGO,
  • Shima Barakat, Director of the Entrepreneurship for Sustainability Programme at the University of Cambridge,
  • Monica Sorribas, Director at the Regional Business Center of Corteva in Geneva.

About the event

EWA Networking Online Event is a sum up of the activities performed within the frames of Empowering Women in Agrifood (EWA) programme carried out by EIT Food in 2021 in Bulgaria, Greece, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain and Turkey. The aim of the programme is to boost female entrepreneurship in Southern and Central-Eastern Europe. During EWA Networking Online Event women entrepreneurs from 8 countries will also have a chance to exchange experiences and talk about most pressing challenges for women in agrifood sector.  


2:00 – 2:10 Welcome to the Conference
2:10 – 2:55 Gender bias in agrifood investment – how to bring more funding to women-led agrifood startups?

During the panel discussion we will talk about:

  1. investors’ approach to women led startups,
  2. main challenges towards women in the foodtech startup environment,
  3. solutions towards making agrifood investment more diverse and inclusive.
2:55 – 3:05 Speed networking
3:05 – 3:50 Why do we need more female entrepreneurs in agrifood? Women as sustainability leaders

During the panel discussion we will talk about:

  1. so-called “eco gender gap” and how it affects agrifood business
  2. key drivers to sustainable solutions in agrifood and the role of women in promoting them
  3. ways of encouraging women to become entrepreneurs and different faces of women entrepreneurship
3:50 – 4:00 Closing remarks

Join us during this unique meeting!

Register here