#5 Gender Equality Talks — Peter Gajdoš

1. Peter please tell us, what does gender equality mean for you in the investment world?

2. What can be done to improve the participation of women in the investor sector in CEE?

  1. More female VC partners and angel investors. If women are not in decision making positions in VC/angel investing (boards, investment committees, etc.), nothing will change. An absolute must.
  2. Specific female-focused incubators/start-up investment strategies. Many of these efforts already exist worldwide, so a bit more structure for the CEE start-up community would go a long way
  3. Attract more women in STEM + business education. Females are now the majority of the CEE university student population but still a minority in STEM + business. Must change.
  4. Change of attitude towards maternity — both from the investment community as well as from the CEE society in general. It should be OK for a female VC to take time off to have a baby; it should be OK for a female entrepreneur to take some time for a baby. At the same time, if the female VC/entrepreneur decides to go back to work after 3 or 6 months, it does not mean that the mother is a bad human being neglecting her child. Juggling is possible. Let’s accept the choices women make for themselves and for their families and deal with them.

3. What is your opinion about Equal chances for women to fund and get funded?

Thank you Peter for your time and the answers.

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