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New Connections program 22 November
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New Connections

-Unlocking the potential of female entrepreneurship worldwide

Program

09.00 - 15.00

Opening session
09.00 - 10.00
Setting the scene: Unlocking the potential of female entrepreneurship worldwide


Aims of session: Identify the potential of female entrepreneurship as an avenue for women’s economic empowerment and sustainable development. Identify the main hurdles female entrepreneurs face worldwide.
Speakers: 

Anita Krohn Traaseth, CEO, Innovation Norway
Tone Skogen, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Norway
Afua Osei, Co-founder, She Leads Africa
Kjell Roland, Director, Norfund
Gry Larsen, National Director, CARE Norway
Kriszti Tóth, Co-founder, MESH
Screening of movie #TheRealROI

Session 1
10.00 - 11.00

Promising practices: Access to finance

Aims of session:
Identify the business case of investing in female entrepreneurship: Why should investors invest in more female entrepreneurs? Highlight the positive impact of diversity for business.
Speakers: 

Finn Erik Kolnes, Senior Manager Financial Inclusion Lead, Accenture
Gudula Naiga Basaza, Chairperson of the Women Advisory Council for DFCU Bank
Jørn Haanes, Startup Director, Oslo Business Region

Session 2
11.00 - 12.00

Promising practices: Access to skills and knowledge

Aims of session: Identify promising practices in increasing key skills that are key to successful entrepreneurship. Highlight promising practices on how to close the gender gap in technology. 
Speakers:

Judith Owigar, Co-founder, Akirachix
Silvija Seres, Associate Partner, TechnoRocks
Nina Wilhelmsen, Systems Director, IBM
Video greeting from Kjartan Slette, Co-founder, Unacast

12.00 - 13.00
Lunch

Session 3
13.00 - 15.00
Promising practices: Access to networks and support

Aim of session: Highlight positive experiences of building networks and support for female entrepreneurs.
                         Highlight promising and inspiring cases of successful partnership that accelerated female entrepreneurship. 
Speakers: 

Tori Tvedt, Director, Private Sector Development, NHO
Cathrine Jahnsen, Executive Program Manager, Virke
Mathilde Byskov, Humanitarian Sales and Programme Manager, Bright Products
Maria Amelie, Techjournalist
Afua Osei, Co-founder, She Leads Africa 
Judith Owigar, Co-founder, Akirachix
 

 

About New Connections 

Enabling women to create and grow their own businesses is an important part of women’s economic empowerment, which again is key for advancing sustainable development for all. We also know that active economic participation from more women creates economic value – and better business value.

However, women face many barriers – structural, informal and formal – to starting enterprises and make them successful. Starting innovation- or technology-driven firms presents particular challenges. How can we change this? How can we support female entrepreneurs - across countries and regions?

This conference aims to demonstrate the potential of entrepreneurship as a critical avenue towards inclusive growth and women’s economic empowerment. It is our ambition that “New Connections” is a meeting place - where we learn, inspire and create new connections and new partnerships across countries and sectors.

This conference will gather participants from a variety of sectors and geographies to discuss this challenge and share promising practices to accelerate progress.

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