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Discover their stories, learn from their experiences, and see how the EWA community has empowered them to innovate and lead in the agrifood sector.


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Hear firsthand from our past participants about the impact of the EWA programme on their entrepreneurial journeys.

The EWA programme has been a game-changer for my startup, SERio. This programme's emphasis on empowering women significantly boosted my confidence and entrepreneurial skills. The invaluable mentorship provided crucial support during the rapid growth of my business. The grant received is pivotal for SERio's expansion, enabling investments in research, production, and market reach.

- Monika Gaszyńska (CTO at SERio) - EWA 2023 winner, Poland

Six months of EWA programme gave me an opportunity to bring my dream into reality. It is amazing that in such a short time, with a wonderful mentor and the support of the programme your idea can become an actual product prototype. The award will help me to launch my business. Thank you EWA!

- Kristi Kuusmik-Orav (Founder of Plantos and Supernacs) - EWA 2023 winner, Estonia

The EWA Programme is not just a professional team but also a true community that warmly welcomes and supports women entrepreneurs on their journey to develop business ideas. Throughout my participation in the programme, I discovered new horizons and reconsidered my business idea from unexpected perspectives.

- Yulia Yutovets (Co-founder of Green Farm, Pasternak BIO company) - EWA 2023 winner, Ukraine

Participating in the EWA programme has contributed significantly to improving my business idea. I especially value the regular one-to-one mentor sessions. They not only helped with setting goals, discussing ideas, and providing some new perspectives, but had a high impact with finding focus and clearance in my plans and actions.

- Kaire Rajaver (Founder of NordTempeh) - EWA 2023 winner, Estonia

The EWA programme was a great motivation for me to take a few steps forward. I am very grateful for the opportunity to work with mentor Mateja Vadnjal.
During the project, I took a lot of small steps with her support (optimization of the website, marketing strategy, optimization of product packaging, new connections with people). This led me to double my production and sales!

- Špela Kocjančič (Founder of BoneR) - EWA 2023 winner, Slovenia

Thanks to the EWA Programme I managed to enrich my knowledge about marketing, sales and communication. The award helped us launch a new range of healthy and sustainable products.

- Tania Nicoară (Co-founder of Unison) - EWA 2023 winner, Romania

Getting a reward truly shows you're on track. As a new company, winning made me feel part of the entrepreneurial world. It fuels my passion for my work and is helping me set up my own production. Even though I know it won't be easy, winning has given me the strength to move forward on this entrepreneurial journey.

- Nina Krašna - EWA 2023 winner, Slovenia

It is an exceptional privilege to be in such an EWA project, for which I applied without expecting that through it I would receive so much quality knowledge, contacts, and guidelines for further development.

- Marija Ignjatović (Founder of BAARO) - EWA 2023 winner, Serbia

The programme was the wind at my back to finally improve my business model, work out the ideas that were on the sidelines and to start taking my business to the next level, for the benefit of my community.

- Ana Nešić (Founder of Small-Scale Food Producers of Serbia) - EWA 2023 winner, Serbia

We developed our brand communication strategy with the contributions we gained from our mentoring and potential customer interviews during the EWA Programme process.

- Aygen Savaş Alkan (Founder of Kybele's Garden startup) - EWA 2021 winner, Turkey

The first prize gave me the opportunity to finish my prototype and start pilot projects in order to prove my idea and communicate the findings and the optimizations in the Vertical Farming market.

- Dafni Avgoustaki (CEO & Founder of VerdeCube) - EWA 2021 winner, Greece

The EWA programme changed the way I looked at my entrepreneurship. At first I just wanted to have a small Spirulina farm that would allow me to work as a biologist. Now I have realised that I can do my bit to create a sustainable future and make this extraordinary food available to everyone.

- Inés Carballo Tomé (CEO & Founder of Aitana Espirulina) - EWA 2021 winner, Spain

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Lara Rodríguez EIT Food South

Senior Regional Programme Manager

Alicja Krakowska EIT Food North & East

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Malgorzata Druciarek EIT Food North & East

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Alba Molina EIT Food South

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