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 Newsletter #1 | March 2020

ifempower project partners and participants at the 2nd Multiplier Event in Porto.

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ifempower is a complex project led by HÉTFA Research Institute, and funded by the Erasmus+ programme with the aim of empowering female students at higher education institutions in the field of entrepreneurship.

Consortium of ifempower

The ifempower consortium consists of 9 partners from 7 European countries and it is led by HÉTFA Research Institute, Hungary.

HÉTFA (Coordinator) | Hungary
Andalucía Emprende Foundation | Spain
ONECO | Spain
Sigmund Freud University | Austria
SPI | Portugal
Bifröst University | Iceland
Corvinus University of Budapest | Hungary
Sapientia University | Romania
Steinbeis GmbH | Germany


ifempower Goals for Female Entrepreneurship

Synergies of ifempower

ifempower will develop an internationally useable complex and transversal methodology and curriculum of female entrepreneurship, strongly relying on mentorship and project-based learning; through the synergies of ifempower:

Developing Entrepreneurial Women

which elaborated a joint Masters in Gender and Entrepreneurship

Innovative Women Entrepreneurship of the Future

targeting students from technical fields

Open Mind

creating MOOC to introduce students to the fundamentals of social entrepreneurship while focusing on gender gaps

Entrepreneurship mentoring for young graduate women

targeting HEI student about to start up own business or join family business

The ifempower module will support universities to reinforce their development towards the Entrepreneurial University, thus taking a pro-active stance in putting knowledge to use and in creating new knowledge. In the frame of ifempower, Female Entrepreneurial Support Points will be created by each partner. These will operate as carrier development offices, while coordinators working in the support points will brief any interested people in the field of female entrepreneurship.

Events of ifempower

The 2nd ifempower Multiplier Event

One of the sessions at the 2nd ifempower Multiplier Event in Porto.

The second multiplier event of ifempower was held in Porto, Portugal on 5 February 2020. This multiplier event was organised under the title “How to nurture the entrepreneurial potential of women?”. The aim of this event was to enhance knowledge exchange & synergies in the field of female entrepreneurship, focusing on successful mentorship programmes.

The event was started with the welcoming remarks from Martha Octavia, a senior consultant from SPI; Martha acted as the person in charge from the host institution. Subsequently, the event was continued with an introduction of ifempower by Virág Zsár, on behalf of HÉTFA Research Institute. HÉTFA Research Institute is […]

Learn more about the second multiplier event here!

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The 1st ifempower Multiplier Event

ifempower project partners at the 1st Multiplier Event in Seville.

The first Multiplier Event of the ifempower project took place on 11 September, 2019 in Seville, Spain, hosted by Andalucia Emprende. The event attracted more than 50 participants from 11 European countries to present existing initiatives and projects supporting female entrepreneurship in a light of the first results of our project.

This event aimed to attract stakeholders who are working on similar topics to share the outcomes of the first year, to validate them and to initiate the sharing of knowledge and experiences among participants.

Accordingly, the background study of ifempower and the recently developed curriculum and teaching material for the international module launched by universities targeting female students were presented first.

Then we opened up the scene and provided the opportunity for the invited guests to present their activities in 3-minute long elevator pitches. We had 10 presentations in this section delivered by experts and stakeholders working in the field. As a results, 4 national and regional initiatives and another 3 projects supporting female entrepreneurs we delivered by colleagues coming from Spain, Finland, Iceland, Hungary, Sweden, Austria and […]

Learn more about the first multiplier event here!

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Call for Mentors

ifempower is looking for mentors to support the business idea and personal development of the university students attending the ifempower module.

Currently, ifempower is looking for mentors in Austria, Germany, Hungary and Iceland. ifempower also welcomes any interested mentors from other European countries to apply and express their interest as mentors.

Deadline of ifempower call for mentors: 15 May 2020
Understand the requirements and conditions here!

For any inquiries regarding the call, please do not hesitate to reach us:

Ms Virág Zsár
Ms Fanni Bobák

Learn more about ifempower call for mentors here.

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ifempower achievement

ifempower released the first intellectual output, ‘Women entrepreneurs in Europe: challenges, strategies and policies’. The research was led by Réka Geambasu, senior research fellow at HÉTFA Research Institute.

The paper is available in 8 languages.
EN | DE | HU | RO | IS | PT | ES

Learn and understand the in-depth outlook of research focusing on female entrepreneurs in 7 European countries (Austria, Romania, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Spain and Portugal).

The paper explored the realities and meanings of female entrepreneurship in today’s Europe. The paper was developed with focus on the motivations, challenges faced and coping strategies developed by women entrepreneurs, as well as on the interpretations they offered concerning their roles and social status.

Female Entrepreneur Outlook

Inspirational Start-up Empress from Denmark


In the first edition of ifempower “Get inspired from other female entrepreneur”, please allow us to share an inspirational story of Mette Lykke, a start-up empress from Denmark. Mette Lykke is a wife and a mother of two. In 2007, she and her two other friends founded a very successful fitness start-up called ‘Endomondo’. [...]

Be inspired with her breath-taking story when she started her career and her extraordinary encounters, which enabled her to choose the exceptional life-path she has.

Learn her story here:

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ifempower newsletter was published and distributed by SPI. ifempower project is coordinated by HÉTFA.

ifempower received funding from the European Union’s Erasmus+ programme under the registration number 2018-1-HU01-KA203-047766. This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.


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