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Does the name of the program, “Business in Women’s Hands”, ring a bell? And what would you say to those numbers: 210 participants, 164 companies established within 4 years, of which 145 were running an active business in April 2018. All of that is possible thanks to the Business in Women’s Hands program and the idea of the Foundation for Female Entrepreneurship, plus the fact that the Citi Foundation and the Kronenberg Foundation at Citi Handlowy decided to pursue it a few years ago.

The “Business in Women’s Hands” program was developed and has been run by the Foundation for Female Entrepreneurship for four years. The initiative is addressed to women who have a business idea and want to start their own company. An entire edition of the program takes about 7 months and is based on three pillars: training sessions, business mentoring and networking.

The results, i.e. the number of participants and established companies, not only give satisfaction to the Foundation but can also make Citi employees proud. The BiWH program could not be implemented without the financial and organizational support from the Citi Foundation, Citi Handlowy and the Kronenberg Foundation at Citi Handlowy. The support dates back to the infancy of the program, which recently (in April) completed its fourth edition.
- Citi Foundation supports entrepreneurial women, who often struggle, for various reasons, to start their own business and are therefore underrepresented among entrepreneurs - emphasizes Florencia Spangaro, Program Head at the Citi Foundation. -We are proud that the Business in Women’s Hands Program we support helps entrepreneurial women by providing them with the knowledge necessary to design, manage and develop their companies appropriately.

SMARTER TOGETHER – łączymy biznes z technologią - XII konferencja SPK za nami - Sieć Przedsiębiorczych Kobiet

"Tym razem sięgnęłyśmy po dosyć oczywiste dla nas połączenie słów - SMARTER TOGETHER. Współpraca wpisana jest w DNA Sieci Przedsiębiorczych Kobiet, w której kobiety są otwarte, wspierają siebie nawzajem i podejmują konkretne działania prowadzące do szeroko pojętej współpracy biznesowej. Postawiłyśmy sobie również za cel kojarzenie środowisk biznesowych i technologicznych, których współpraca może doprowadzić do powstania nowoczesnych, skalowalnych przedsięwzięć. W końcu innowacja to nic innego, jak rozwiązanie tradycyjnego problemu w nowoczesny sposób" - tymi słowami Katarzyna Wierzbowska, Prezeska Fundacji Przedsiębiorczości Kobiet, otworzyła XII Konferencję SPK SMARTER TOGETHER.

The 12th Conference of Sieć Przedsiębiorczych Kobiet (Entrepreneurial Women Network) organized by the Foundation was a good opportunity to sum up the cooperation of Citi and the Foundation for Female Entrepreneurship. The slogan of the conference was Smarter Together. The topics, e.g. how to build communities and contact networks, how to establish partnerships in business, how to select the right partners and build relations with them and what are the areas where technology could be helpful, were discussed by participants and speakers, who came in great numbers (some 650 people!). Traditionally, the conference was attended by a representative of Citi Handlowy – this time by Natalia Bożek, Vice President of the bank’s Management Board. In the audience, there were also more people from Citi Handlowy, including female members of the Citi Women initiative.

- The “Business in Women's Hands” program conducted by the Foundation and financed by the Citi Foundation is an excellent illustration of the “Smarter Together” slogan, emphasized Natalia Bożek. -The group of women who have interesting business ideas gains knowledge during training sessions, workshops, lectures and meetings with female mentors. They can also expand their contact network, which can help them in their business. In our experience, contacts made within such communities are invaluable, as is the power of support that women offer one another. Female business is characterized by passion and energy, as well as by eagerness to cooperate rather than compete.

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Sieć Przedsiębiorczych Kobiet to platforma wymiany, wsparcia i kontaktów biznesowych dla kobiet, które prowadzą swoje firmy lub myślą o ich założeniu. To także miejsce spotkania dla kobiet, które są przedsiębiorcze, niezależnie od tego czy pracują na własny rachunek, czy są zatrudnione w korporacji, instytucji lub organizacji. Sieć Przedsiębiorczych Kobiet organizuje spotkania networkingowe, konferencje, szkolenia oraz programy społeczne.

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