Established in 2013, SFIWEF delivers a platform for diverse international organisations to collaborate and share resources and give visibility to various projects and initiatives, startups and businesses directed at or run by women. The Forum is a unique alliance of international chambers, business associations and organisations which originated in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The Gran Canaria Summit every year serves as a bridge between entrepreneurs from Africa, America and Europe presenting a unique opportunity to support a regional ecosystem of entrepreneurship. It aims to give international visibility to projects and startups launched by women, university students and Canarian entrepreneurs, with the support of the Heroikka Association, Casa África, the US Embassy and the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

Attendance to the 3-day event is free, but you have to register on the Eventbrite page for a ticket and reserve your seat given that capacity is limited.

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Wednesday May 22, Casa Africa, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

18:00 Presentation of the Summit Summit 2019, Heroikka Association

18:15 Presentation of Institutions: Casa África and the US Embassy – Stewart Tuttle, Counsellor for Public Diplomacy, US Embassy

18:30 Round table: Ecosystems of Innovation for and by Women: Looking into Africa*

  • Alicia Castillo Holley, Investor, Entrepreneur, Founder Women Get Funded and member of Sand Hill Angels.
  • Awamary Khan, Founder and CEO Innovate Gambia and The Woman Boss
  • María Ángeles León, Co-Founder, Open Value Foundation, Impulse4Social
  • Pino Kyri, President, Heroikka Association
  • Nastasha Velasco, National Sales and Partnership Executive, Bridge for Billions

(* The round table will be in Spanish and English )

7:30 pm Cocktails and networking

Thursday May 23 @ ULPGC Paraninfo

09:00 Registration

09:30 Welcome:

  • Mr. Pablo Rodríguez, Vice President and Counsellor of Public Works and Transportation
    Vice President of the Government of the Canary Islands
  • Mr. Rafael Robaina Romero, Rector of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
  • Stewart Tuttle, Counselor for Public Diplomacy, US Embassy
  • Mr. José Segura Clavell, General Director, Casa África
  • Ms. Sara Mateos, Director, DISA Foundation
  • Ms. Esther Martel, Director, Mapfre Foundation

09:45 Welcome closing:

  • Rosa Batista Canino, Vice Chancellor of Enterprise, Entrepreneurship and Employment, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

09:50 Presentation: “Technovation Challenge” by Wenceslao Cárceles, Technovation Ambassador Canarias

  • Aruks Team: Judit Álvarez Fernández, Irene Navarro González, Miriam Navarro González, Mishell Medina López, Carla Quintana Bolaños
  • JAM3: Marolyn Dayan Guzmán Álvarez, Jamila Diallo Ba Dieng, María del Pino Hernández Mendieta, Ainhoa ​​del Pilar Acosta Ageno, María Naranjo Almeida

10:10 Presentation: “Initiatives for women entrepreneurs 2019 “by Maica Gil, founder of Heroikka and SF International Women Entrepreneurs Forum

10:25 Round table: “My experience as an investor: trends”

  • Alicia Castillo Holley, Investor, Entrepreneur, Founder Women Get Funded and member of Sand Hill Angels
  • Taryn Andersen, Co-Founder, Impulse4Women
  • María Ángeles León, Co-Founder, Open Value Foundation, Impulse4Social
  • María Cruz Conde, Head of Institutional Relations, Open Value Foundation

11:10 – 11:30 Coffee Break

11:30 Presentation: “Mentality and numbers, friends or foes?”

  • Vanessa Marrero, Economist and creator of the Emotional Financial Education System

11:50 Presentation: “Women in education in mediation, arbitration and applicable technologies”

  • Rosa Pérez Martel, Director of the Mediation and Arbitration Service of the ULPGC

12:10 Presentation: “Woman talent and influential women“

  • Beatriz Recio, Journalist, CEO Womantalent

12:30 Presentation: “leave a mark on our customers”

  • Lidia Monzón, Expert in Higher University Management and Mentoring, Communicator and Writer, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC)

12:50 Presentation: 

13: 10-14: 30 Cocktail and networking

*** Afternoon workshops

15:30 Workshop: “Entrepreneurship Bootcamp”

  • “From idea to business” Cristina Suárez
  • “Digital Marketing” Marí to Quintana
  • PR – TBD

17:00 Investment Workshop: “Get funds for your idea, company and / or entrepreneur project”

  • Alicia Castillo Holley, Investor, Entrepreneur, Founder Women Get Funded and member of Sand Hill Angels.

Friday, May 24 @ Elder Museum

10:00 Workshop: “ Design Thinking – Tools for Brainstorming” by Jessica Pastor, Creative Director, Diseño Industrial

Presentations: Building an inclusive innovation ecosystem”

11:15 Entrepreneurs of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC)

  • Aida Yanes and Elena Castellano (Hardy Visit)
  • Itahisa Chávez Santana (Muse Group)

11:45 Presentation: “Believe, love and enjoy” by Felisa Herrera, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist and Founder of The Soho Women in the World

12:05 Presentation: “Innovate Gambia” by Awamary Khan, Founder and CEO, Innovate Gambia / The Woman Boss

12:25 Presentation: “ Female leadership and digital transformation trends, developments and challenges “ by Ana Landeta Echeberria, Director of the Institute I + D + i of the Open University of Madrid (Udima)

12:50 Presentation: “How to get your first customer” by Carlota Calderon, founder of Hipatias

13:15 Cocktail and networking

14:00 Presentation: “The Secrets of the Achiever” by Patricia Glen, Director of the Institute of High Efficiency, Businesswoman and Coach

14:20 Presentation: TBD

14:40 Presentation: “ International finance “ by Nacho Zabaleta, MBA Director

15:00 Presentation: “ Association Heroikka ” by Pino Kyri, President, Association Heroikka

15:20 Roundtable: ” How to create an ecosystem inclusive innovation in The Canary Islands”

  • Nacho Rodríguez, CEO at CoworkingC
  • Celia Hernández, Domingo Alonso Group
  • Moisés Santana, Manager, Emerge Association
  • Carina González, Classroom Director of Interactive Digital Culture, Heroikka Lab
  • Patricia Fraile Romero, Manager, Canary Islands Technological Excellence

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Source: 5th Gran Canaria Summit 2019 – Presented by Heroikka Association and SFIWEF – San Francisco International Women Entrepreneurs Forum

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