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10 December 2020
WEgate Summit
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Open until 5 December 2020

How a Platform Business Model can Give Superpower to Your Company?

A digital platform is a business model that creates value by facilitating transactions between buyers and sellers in an ecosystem, with the aim of capturing part of that value. This workshop reviews the most common revenue generation and monetization strategies of digital platforms and matchmaking marketplaces, with case studies from established platform companies. It will be followed by a practical exercise where each participant designs his/her own platform business model. 

Afterwards, the bravest participants present it to the audience and get immediate feedback from Marco and other participants. You will learn the tools to design and apply to your company a platform business model and the metrics to build a strong network effect around it.

About the trainer: Marco Torregrossa

Marco is CEO at Euro Freelancers, an investment firm into technologies enabling network effects and Board Member at the European Sharing Economy Coalition, where he has led public policy for platforms like Airbnb, Tinder and Etsy. He has trained 250+ people from leading organisations in public and private sectors, including Fortune500, on how to build, monetise and scale digital marketplaces. He teaches a master-level course on Platform Economy at South-Eastern Finland University, he is a contributor to the Digital Transformation of Industries World Economic Forum initiative and author of the book: "The Lean Solopreneur: Platform Work in the New  Economy".


Unlocking Healthy High Performance – Resilience through Crisis

Even before Covid-19 changed the world as we know it, mental wellbeing was showing a declining trend, with one in 6 experiencing a mental health problem at any one time, and stress, anxiety and depression being responsible for almost half of lost working days. Associated business costs were rising with a knock on effect on attrition, presenteeism, engagement, and productivity. 

Thankfully, organisations are discovering and newly appreciating the benefits of incorporating employee wellbeing as a cornerstone of their success strategy, with an average ROI of £5 for every £1 spent on mental wellbeing initiatives, and up to £11 for initiatives that proactively develop resilience. However, for entrepreneurs and business leaders the challenge can often be to allow themselves the space to mind their own wellbeing.

In this workshop, you will discover a proactive approach to building and sustaining your own healthy high performance. Using a 5 pillared strategy, you will understand the importance of taking ownership of your own resilience and wellbeing, and appreciate the importance of building a safe and supportive environment for you and for those who depend on you.

About the trainer: Niamh Gaffney

Niamh  is an award-winning ICF accredited coach with a particular love for change management and mental strength development. As owner and managing director of Directionality,  a business dedicated to helping people work, better, Niamh has a personal insight into the challenges and unique pressures often felt by female entrepreneurs. Among her clients are AIB, Glanbia, Integer, Irish Life, MSD, and Trend Micro.

Niamh is a licensed medical coach, holds a BA in Psychology and has supported the Irish Cancer Society and the HSE as a coaching psychologist.

She has a specific interest in recovery and resilience coaching, supporting clients impacted at a mental and emotional level by unexpected change to develop workplace resilience and mental wellbeing. Alongside her membership of the Division of Work and Organisational Psychology (DWOP) and Coaching Psychology Group within the Psychological Society of Ireland, she has 15 years’ corporate leadership experience and holds an associate CIMA membership and a European Masters in Accountancy and French.


Investment readiness for women-led start-ups (do’s and don’ts)

You have had your idea, and created your company. Now you need to secure funding in order to grow your company, expand your operations, and create the impact you intended do. How do you make your company “investor ready”? There is not one strict definition as to what that entails. Furthermore, there are some key challenges to women in particular, especially in the pitching and valuation process. This workshop aims to lay the ground works: what are investors looking for? And how do you highlight those things in your company that will convince the investor to provide you funding and level-up your company? Come to our “Investment readiness for women-led startups” workshop!

About the trainer:  Florence Richardson

After an engineering degree (Ecole Centrale Lille) and a 3rd cycle ESCP-Europe, Florence worked for 14 years in various positions within the Crédit Lyonnais Group, in the corporate field and then in the strategy department. At the beginning of 2002, she embarked on an entrepreneurial project and co-founded a business organization consulting and sales force outsourcing company, of which she was Managing Director until the end of 2008.

Member of Femmes Business Angels since 2009 and Co-President since 2014, she is Business Angel active with twenty innovative companies. FBA is the only women business angels network in France, and the number 1 in Europe. About 150 women personally invest in high potential startups and support them in their growth.


Women Entrepreneurs: how to get most out of your investors

Perhaps you are raising funding for your company? Perhaps you already have investors on board? Building and maintaining a good relationship with your investor(s) is crucial to the success of your venture. An exit of an investor takes between 7 to 10 years. How can you leverage their experience, expertise and network to the benefit of your startup? And how does a breakdown in communication can seriously hinder your company’s development? Opportunities and pitfalls abound. Come to this workshop to understand how to best define, structure and maintain your relationship with your investor, or in other words: how you can get most out of them.

About the trainer: Mary McKenna 

Mary  is an Irish serial entrepreneur and angel investor. She recently co-founded social enterprise AwakenHub with a focus on female founders and a mission to help entrepreneurs across Ireland join the dots and connect with each other.  She’s well known in the UK one of the exited co-founders of successful online learning company Learning Pool, which she built to 1m online learners. In addition to her work with early stage startups, Mary is one of the Entrepreneurs in Residence at the University of Oxford, a mentor at Imperial Ventures Mentoring Service in London and she works for the EU on several of the Horizon Europe innovation programs including the flagship EIC Accelerator.  She has angel invested in ten early stage technology companies to date of which 6 have female founders or founding teams. Mary was awarded an MBE by Her Majesty the Queen in the 2014 New Year’s Honours for services to digital technology, innovation and learning. 

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Albania 1
Armenia 1
Belgium 21
Bulgaria 8
Ecuador 1
Estonia 3
France 2
Germany 9
Greece 1
Hungary 5
Ireland 12
Italy 13
Lithuania 2
North Macedonia 22
Montenegro 4
Morocco 1
Netherlands 10
Norway 1
Panama 1
Portugal 1
Romania 2
Serbia 12
Slovakia 1
Slovenia 1
South Africa 1
Spain 14
Sweden 2
Switzerland 1
Turkey 2
Ukraine 1
United Kingdom 11
United States 1
Total 168


Company (SME) 65
Company (Industry) 7
University 15
R&D Institution 5
Association/Agency 37
Authority/Government 5
WEgate team 9
Freelancer 25
Total 168