Bulgaria launches European network of women leaders in the digital industry


Photo: Bulgarian Centre of Women in Technology - BCWT

Bulgaria launches a European Network of Women Leaders in the digital industry, called Coalition Women [email protected] for Europe. The initiative was announced at the [email protected] conference, organised by the Bulgarian Center of Women in Technology (BCWT), in partnership with the Ministry of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the European Commission.

More than 200 leaders and entrepreneurs from fifteen countries, including Bulgaria, Estonia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany, Belgium, England and the United States, gathered today at the National Palace of Culture in Sofia for the first [email protected] conference. The event aims to promote the participation of women in leadership and professional roles in the technology industry, to outline the growing role of women in the socio-economic development of the world and show the face and style of the new generation of female entrepreneurs in the digitally-based economy.

"Bulgaria is leading in Europe for women in the ICT industry, and we have decided from our country and during the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU to launch a European network Women [email protected] for Europe. Our goal is to create a platform for partnership on initiatives that stimulate the female entrepreneurship and women's participation in the digital industry. To support the promotion of an environment, in which men and women contribute as per their talent and ideas for the sustainable development of the transforming digitally connected world",

said Sasha Bezunhova, founder of BCWT and MOVE.BG, at the [email protected] conference.

The Coalition Women [email protected] for Europe aims to provide more visibility for women role-models and leaders in technology and to focus on their greater participation in the digital economy. The initiative will work to encourage more girls to study engineering and technology disciplines and to develop professionally in the digital industry. Women [email protected] for Europe will also focus on empowering women at risk by enhancing their digital skills and will work to provide a supportive environment for funding of women-led start-ups.

Among the keynote speakers and guests at [email protected] are Mariya Gabriel, EU Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, Mina Dimitrova, Head of Central Go To Market, EMEA at Google, Sasha Bezuhanova, founder of BCWT and MOVE.BG, Mary-Jo de Leeuw, founder and VP of the Women in Cyber Security Foundation (WiCS), Sabela Garcia Cuesta, Program Manager at Next Media Accelerator, Marzena  Bielecka, Managing Partner and Founder of Experior Venture Fund, Lina Salanauskaite, researcher at the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE), Vasil Terziev, partner at 11.2, and Hristo Hristov, CEO at NetInfo.

The event is organised in partnership with Google, VMware, Dell EMC, EMAG, Uber, DSK Bank, SAP, Entrepreneurs Organization, STEMO, MOVE.BG, Katarzyna, United Partners, Bulgarian Industrial Association, NDB, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Douglas Perfumery, as well as a large number of Bulgarian and European organisations including European Center of Women in Technology, Women Who Code, Women Techmakers, Coding Girls, ABLE, BVCA, Endeavor, Elevel and Launchub.

More information here.

About BCWT

The Bulgarian Center of Women in Technology (BCWT) is an organization that inspires, motivates and supports girls and women to find their place in the digital world. BCWT initiates and cooperates in the implementation of regional innovative projects, organises trainings and thematic events and stimulates research collaboration, exchange of good practices and resource mobilization in the ICT sector. More information here.

For more information:

United Partners
Nikol Breycheva
+359 882 758 089
[email protected]

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