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Who supported our female focused innovation hub?

Mar 20, 2024

In Womenture's Pre-Acceleration programme, the teams could meet 41 amazing speakers and mentors. Do you want to get to know aome of them?

Aleksander Gansen

Aleksander Gansen

Lead mentor at Tehnopol


business strategy

Driven entrepreneur and innovation leader with over two decades of experience across various industries, including interior design, retail, and tech. Co-founder of multiple startups, actively involved in the Web3 community, and a key player in the largest NFT conference in the Nordics and Baltics. His journey has been shaped by a strong commitment to mentoring, a knack for business strategy, and an unwavering focus on adding value to people and organisations.


Anna Bereczki

Co-founder SMAPPLAB


agtech | agriculture | sustainability

Anna Bereczki is a young female agtech startuper with a passion for regenerative agriculture and women empowerment. As a member of Women in Technology and Women in Agtech, she actively advocates for gender equality and innovation in the agricultural sector. Since the age of 14, Anna has been dedicated to her own projects focused on agriculture and environmental protection. Her commitment to driving positive change in both her industry and community underscores her role as a forward-thinking leader in the field of agtech.


Edina Heal

Founder and leader of Equaliser Foundation

Hungary, United Kingdom

digital transformation | social change agent

Edina Heal, Founder of the Equaliser Foundation, is dedicated to promoting equal opportunities for men and women in the workplace. With 8 years of experience as CEO of Google Hungary, Edina is passionate about innovation and diversity. She previously led Hungary's largest commercial radio station and managed recording companies and artists in Hungary and the UK. Edina began her career in multinational advertising, serving blue-chip clients such as L’Oréal and Unilever. She has established two foundations, including one focused on supporting disadvantaged children and another promoting gender equality at work, boasting over 350 influential women leaders as volunteers. Edina has extensive board experience, including roles with Sláger Radio, the American Chamber of Commerce, and the Budapest Festival Orchestra. She serves on the advisory board of a charity providing free coding lessons for girls in Hungary and was featured on the cover of Forbes magazine in 2015 as one of Hungary’s most influential women in business. Edina holds an MBA from INSEAD and is a mother of two. She resides in London and Budapest.


Gabor Szirtes

CTO of WeSpeakAI Plc


artificial intelligence | data science | machine learning

Gabor holds an MSc in Chemistry and a PhD in Computer Science. He was Interested in intersection of neuroscience and machine learning. Since 2012 works on applied machine learning projects in business and industry. Sometimes teaches, do mentoring or provide training on various AI-related topics. He launched a consultancy firm, which is a place where natural and artificial intelligence meet!


Heidi Kakko

Mentor at Tehnopol


early stage investor | mentor

Heidi develops early stage startups and innovative growth companies. She chairs the Council of UniTartu Ventures, and serves as a member of the Council of the University of Tartu. She was engaged as the partner of BaltCap Growth Fund, and a fund manager of an early stage VC fund (Estonian Development Fund and its venture arm SmartCap). She has initiated the Estonian Venture Capital Association (EstVCA) and run the Business Angels network EstBAN. For over 15 years, Heidi has been actively participating in financing and acquiring companies.


Jaan Kokk

Superangel at Investment Associate



Jaan is a financial advisor with a knack for turning numbers into magic. With a background in both tech start-ups and traditional finance, he has a unique ability to understand the financial implications of even the most futuristic decisions. He built entire financial reporting systems from scratch, helped secure bank financing, raise rounds, sell enterprises, and sort out a bunch of other financial challenges. But don’t let his financial prowess fool you, he has a sense of humour and great experience in product development and digital sales funnels.


Jan Kubalík

CEO and co-founder at DEX Innovation Centre

Czech Republic

business strategy | development

Jan has a technological background in computer science. His 20 years of professional career was all about building the products, projects, and teams (start-ups): from working for them (caatoosee), through being a technological entrepreneur (NetKIt) to being a social entrepreneur (DEX IC) and supporting them.


Katalin Ertsey

Science and Innovation Diplomat at Embassy of Hungary in Prague

Hungary & Czech Republic

coaching | sustainabulity | strategy

Katalin has a rich professional background spanning over 15 years in international NGOs, corporate consultancy, and government service. She has expertise in business ethics, CSR/ESG, diversity, and foreign affairs, with a focus on women's issues and sustainability. As an MP for Hungary's Green Party, she advocated for consumer protection and worked on science, technology, and innovation projects during her foreign service in Prague. Katalin's passion lies in supporting women through coaching and mentoring, specialising in strategy, ethical decision-making, diversity, and sustainability. She brings extensive intercultural experience from living in seven countries and is dedicated to empowering female leaders across sectors.


Lev Dolgatsjov

Founding Partner at Syda Ventures


investor readiness

Lev has many roles: He is a serial entrepreneur, investor, Estonian startup esosystem activist, managing partner of Meemaeger Capital and Founding Partner of Impact investing Syda Ventures. Angel investor. Startup mentor. Estonian Startup Ecosystem activist.
Lead Mentor at NATO - Defence Innovation Accelerator for the North Atlantic DIANA and Tehnopol Startup Incubator.


Louis Zezeran

Leadership Instructor at Combat Ready


pitch | presentation

Louis is the founder of "Comedy Estonia", the group who introduced the art-form of Stand Up comedy to the country almost 15 years ago. He is recognized for his own work as a comedian and a host of events and business conferences. Louis uses this experience to mentor startups in developing and fine tuning their pitch deck and stage communication.


Michal Štefan

Product and innovation leader at DEX Innovation Centre

Czech Republic

sales | business growth | design thinking

International innovator with expertise in innovation design, product management, project management, business development, event management, customer experience management and team leadership. His strengths are creativity, independence, leadership of people, conceptualisation and strategy thinking, focus on delivery, and a great customer-centric attitude. With industry knowledge primarily from health, education, retail and horeca. Speaking English, German and Spanish. He worked, studied, and traveled in the UK, the Czech Republic, Scandinavia, Australia, and South America. Voluntarily involved at non-profits working with students of primary and secondary schools.


Otto Mättas

CEO at Artifig


artificial intelligence | IT architecture | product and service design

Otto is an accomplished IT engineer and architect with 14 years of international experience, specialising in Artificial Intelligence. He excels in delivering value across various sectors and helping companies develop their products and services, teams, and business models related to IT and AI. As a leader in the AI community, Otto actively contributes to the advancement of the field through his work, research, mentoring, and workshops. With a strong technical background and a humanistic approach, Otto believes in building a future where technology and humanity work together hand in hand. He aims to establish Estonia as a global AI hub and create a world where technology empowers humanity, transcending boundaries and uniting people in the pursuit of progress.


Paris Noble

Co-founder of Elevate Strategy


service design

Paris is a former student of the Forrás Waldorf School in Győr. Dropping out of university, he initially started his career as an event organizer, hosting punk & techno shows & festivals, contemporary art exhibitions, and hackathons. In 2017, he co-founded a short-lived skateboard brand called Dank Skates, which later morphed into a strategic design business shortly after its launch. In the meantime, he joined a digital event organizing startup (TicketNinja.io), where he worked in business and product development for nearly two years. In January 2020, he co-founded the first strategic design and innovation agency in the Győr region, Elevate, where he fulfils his role as a brand strategist and service designer. 


Pavlína Louženská

Founder of TrendBrews

Czech Republic

technology | society

Pavlína is a Consultant focused on trends in technology and society. She's a Lead Mentor in Google for Startups for Europe and Africa and various other accelerators. She co-founded #HolkyzMarketingu, an educational platform that trained 15,000+ people. She founded TrendBrews, AI powered tool for trend forecasting and consults future to global companies. She is a Startup Advisor and VC Scout focused on early-stage companies. She regularly sends a newsletter on society and technology pavlinaspeaks.substack.com to 7000+ subscribers.


Tamara Medina

Head of Partnerhsips at GTM Global

Czech Republic, Mexico, England

business development

Tamara Medina has over twenty years of international business development experience working for various companies including the BBC. She has also worked alongside fast growing startup companies based in the UK and Latin America, delivering consulting services for more than ten years to Scaleup founders supporting the development of their leadership skill to build high performance teams. She has experience as a founder in two startups and is the co-lead of TLA Latam with the aim to better connect the London tech ecosystem to its counterpart in key Latin American markets. Having lived and worked across North America, Europe, and Latin America, Tamara possesses a truly global perspective and deep cultural understanding.


Tina Igličar Kubalik

Co-founder at DEX Innovation Centre

Czech Republic

education | sustainability

As a co-author of various successful EU projects, Tina specialises in international project facilitation and management, demonstrating expertise in finance, business development, innovation management as well as startup support activities. Driven by a passion for making a positive impact on society, she leverages her experience to meaningfully contribute to transformative initiatives.


Triin Kask

CEO and co-founder at Soulie



Triin Kask is an active member in the Estonian startup community. She’s currently running her third startup Soulie that leads an anti mindless scrolling movement. Triin is also a board member at Estonian Founders Society and has been actively supporting and encouraging other female founders.


Vojtěch Jíra

Mentor at DEX Innovation Centre

Czech Republic

education | suistainability

Vojtěch's experience is mainly related to his education, work experience and hobbies, such as sustainable development, education, but also project management. He has gained experience in both the private and public sector and consider my strengths to be creativity, independence and team orientation.


Vojtěch Štursa

Director at LIFTIA s.r.o.

Czech Republic

finance | business valuation | investor relations

Vojtěch is actively represented the Czech Republic as a professional athlete until the year 2021. As part of these activities, he also completed a Master's degree and an MBA programme at the University of Economics and Management in Prague. During his professional career, he has been actively involved in two successful IPOs on the Prague Stock Exchange START market, dozens of company analyses, M&A advisory mandates and the establishment of complex company valuation models. At LIFTIA, carries out comprehensive financial analyses and analytical reports on a daily basis, including detailed business, financial, and investment plans, to explain the financial health of the companies under review, with the aim of a successful IPO, acquiring investors or optimising financial health.


Yvonne Oswald

Female Founder


communication | event moderation

Yvonne is a communications specialist and has worked in the start-up sector for several years. She is passionate about bringing people and their core issues together to launch new projects or collaborations. Giving a stage to experts and their knowledge and enriching discussions is her innate drive. She is passionate about connecting people and issues and creating moments of real encounter. This is why she loves moderating business events and hosting panel discussions as a freelancer. Since 2023, she has been part of the marketing team, creating content for the city of Leipzig's recruitment channel on social media. She studied in Germany and Portugal and spent several years abroad before completing her Masters in Leipzig.