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Day 2

22 March 2017 (Wednesday)

Morning session: Focus on challenges! Objective: Overview of the key barriers for women’s entrepreneurship from EaP region and how to address them. Chair – Olena Bekh, ETF

08:30-09:45 Pitching on “catwalks” women entrepreneurs from EaP countries tell their stories and lessons learned Women-entrepreneurs from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine will share their entrepreneurial experience, present their business and tell their stories. This session is organized jointly with European Business Association (EBA) and its “Unlimit Ukraine” Project. Speakers: Mariam Poghosyan (Armenia), NURIK” Social Enterprise (pptx)
Mehin Tuayeva (Azerbaijan), Alena Tsikhanova (Belarus), Baia Abuladze (Georgia), 26-year-old Baia Abuladze is a wine producer in the Imereti region of western Georgia. Winemaking is traditionally a male-dominated business in Georgia and Baia one of only a few women plying their trade there, under her label “Baias Wine”. This is an inspirational talk from a young entrepreneur to promote Agro business in villages and call young generation go back to their home town after graduation.   Baia’s Wine (pptx)
Nino Elizbarashvili (Georgia), Ina Macovei (Moldova), Vasilini (pptx) for your home
Daria Buslenko (Ukraine), Anna Dovholap (Ukraine), Anna Petrova (Ukraine), Liliya Omelyanenko (Ukraine), Iryna Lytovchenko (Ukraine) Tabletochki (pptx)
09:45-10:15 Exhibition presenting women entrepreneurs’ businesses Participants will be moving between stands according to their interests. Presenters will come both from the Eastern Partner countries and their counterparts from European Business Association’s “Unlimit Ukraine” project. Mariam Poghosyan (Armenia), Mehin Tuayeva (Azerbaijan), Alena Tsikhanova (Belarus), Baia Abuladze (Georgia), Nino Elizbarashvili (Georgia), Ina Macovei (Moldova), Daria Buslenko (Ukraine), Anna Dovholap (Ukraine), Olena Shcherban (Ukraine), Anna Tsukanova (Ukraine), Anna Petrova (Ukraine), Liliya Omelyanenko (Ukraine),  Iryna Lytovchenko (Ukraine).
10:15-10:45 Coffee break
10:45-11:00 Women’s entrepreneurship in numbers – the “data mirror”
Session facilitated by ETF

Women entrepreneurship in figures: Focus on Eastern Europe (pptx)

11:00-11:30 Breakout groups analysing and consolidating collected intelligence. Objective: to brainstorm in mixed (crosscountry) teams to agree on 10 key problems and challenges for women’s entrepreneurship relevant to the region, group them by policy areas and try to identify the key root factors and origins.
11:30-13:00 Groups reporting back to the plenary and open panel discussion

  • What are the obstacles/barriers for women in business, general and specific (specific to women vs. men, as well as globally, to the EaP region vs. individual countries)?
  • HUMAN CAPITAL challenges what are they and how common are they?
  • Cultural, economic, demographic and other obstacles, and challenges for support agents and policy makers?
  • Opportunities, advantages and inspirational ways to address them?

Expert Panel: Lilit Asatryan (Armenia), Ryma Yepur (Belarus), Nino Elizbarashvili (Georgia), Zhala Amirbayova (Azerbaijan), Sofia Suleanschi (Moldova), Yulia Klymenko (Ukraine), Anna Petrova (Ukraine), Daiva Jonuskiene (Lithuania)

13:00-14:00 Lunch

Afternoon session: We know the problems what’s next? :)) Objective: Move from problems (within the main policy areas) to policy solutions. Review the policy actions prompted by, and monitored through, the SBA indicators’ framework. Chair – Anthony Gribben, ETF

14:00-14:45 Evidence-based policy making in women’s entrepreneurship: why do statistics remain an issue while so much data is being collected? Lack of data? Too much data? Wrong indicators? Or something else? And the role of monitoring and evaluation in the implementation and design of strategies.

Monitoring and the use of evidence: WHY and HOW (pptx)

14:45-15:30 Human capital strategies to boost women’s entrepreneurship EU, the Eastern Partner region and the “key competence” link. Overview of the issues and recent initiatives for promotion of women’s entrepreneurship in the EU Session facilitated by Olena Bekh, ETF OBE PPT Day 2 (pptx)
15:30-16:00 Discussing access to EU support programmes current and new opportunities for women entrepreneurs in the context of Eastern partnership. Speaker – Boris Filipov, European Union Delegation to Ukraine


16:00-16:30 Coffee break
16:30-17:00 Access to capital: how to find your “angel” and implications for policy. Speaker – Philippe Gluntz, President, Business Angels Europe
17:00-17:45 Institutional support and building up the network of women entrepreneurs: a case from Lithuania in partnership with Ukraine and Spain. PresentersDaiva Jonuskiene, Siauliai Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Crafts, Lithuania, and Larysa Tsygan, Chernihiv Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Ukraine
17:45–18:00 Conclusions and close of Day 2 Anastasia Fetsi, ETF
FREE EVENING and informal networking

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