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Do you have the XX Factor? Women@EIT pitching challenge kicks off the 2019 event series

This year we are supporting the Women@EIT network in the organisation of a series of events across Europe. From workshops in Helsinki, to inspirational talks in Stuttgart, we have a great series of events lined up, all united under the common goal of increasing the number of women in entrepreneurship.

The first of these events took place on the 8th of March in Eindhoven.

Read EIT Digital Master's student, Chandana Gopalakrishnan's take on the event:

In 1975, the United Nations began celebrating the International Women’s day on the 8th of March and introduced themes commemorating this day since 1996. The UN theme for International Women’s Day 2019  is “Think equal, build smart, innovate for change”.

Pitch training by Nierika Hamaekers

Speaking of innovation, We celebrated women’s day this year with Women@EIT. Women@EIT conducts several workshops and events at various EIT Co-location Centres to inspire female entrepreneurs and innovators. In fact, one of the core values is Professionalism which revolves around conducting leadership and technical workshops to add value to the career skills of young and energetic professionals. To mark the Women’s day 2019,  Women@EIT held a pitching competition “The XX Factor Pitching Challenge 2019” open to all students in the Netherlands,  including the local EIT Alumni in Eindhoven.

The pitching competition was all about coming up with an innovative business solution to address current societal problems and presenting the ideas with an impressive pitch. To begin the event with, Erwin van Eijden, the Co-Location manager of the Eindhoven node gave a warm welcome address to the gathering. After which, we had some cool pitches from the participants, explaining some of their innovative ideas and business proposals. The local leader of Eindhoven node, Aishwarya Manjunath Shetty gave a quick insight on who we are and what we do at Women@EIT. Later, there was a fun filled pitch training session by the speaker Nierika Hamaekers, Sustainability consultant at The Terrace.

The training session was indeed very interactive and informative with various tips and techniques to deliver a good pitch. At the end of the event, there were some interesting prizes and goodies for the contestants and participants, not to forget the pizza party after the event 😀


Read what the Women@EIT Local Leader for Eindhoven, Aishwarya Manjunath Shetty has to say about the event:

An opportunity never knocks twice and I wanted to make the best out of the opportunity given to me to conduct an event on behalf of Women@EIT. With all the support from the Women@EIT board, EIT Alumni, EIT Digital CLC, Eindhoven and Volunteers from Eindhoven node, the event turned out to be a very successful and enjoyable one. I would like to specially thank the Jury – Erwin van Eijden, Raymond Opdenakker, Laena Nguyen and our speaker Nierika Hamaekers for their time and effort to judge the Pitching Challenge and give the Pitch training. I would also like to thank volunteers Chandana Gopalakrishnan and Sindhuja Prakash for helping out during the event. Last but not the least, hearty congratulations to the winner of the Pitching challenge – Chandana Gopalakrishnan and runners up Arun Kumar Ramachandran and Mahmoud Khodier.

Published by: Robin in EIT Alumni News, Women@EIT

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