On centre-stage: Some inspiring women entrepreneurs from Hungary
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Hungary’s economic landscape is adorned with strengths that set a promising foundation for a thriving start-up ecosystem. A rich culture of scientific innovation, coupled with an abundance of innovative talent and strategic proximity to influential European markets, presents a great opportunity for Hungary to bolster its economic resilience and global competitiveness.
However, within this landscape lies a gender gap that’s ready to be closed. The world of entrepreneurship in Hungary has seen around 25% of start-ups founded between 2010 and 2020 having at least one female founder. Despite this, the number of new start-ups each year with female co-founders remains modest.
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Hungary’s start-up ecosystem may exhibit gaps when compared to global leaders, yet it displays inherent strengths, derived from its legacy of scientific innovation. These strengths are vital building blocks for propelling Hungary into a new era of entrepreneurial empowerment. As we delve into the stories of Hungary’s women entrepreneurs, we discover a mosaic of innovation, tenacity, and the drive to transform the business landscape of this dynamic European nation.
Here are some inspiring women entrepreneurs from Hungary.
> Maria Balogh-Mazi & Anett Soti, Co-founders, DreamJobs
Backed by 10+ years of experience in project management, Maria Balogh-Mazi is a seasoned entrepreneur. In 2018, she co-founded DreamJobs, a platform for personalized job postings. She organizes the business as President – a post she has held since 2021. Moreover, Maria is a co-CEO and CMO at STRT Holding Zrt. investment fund.
Anett Soti, Co-founder of DreamJobs
Anett Soti is a second co-founder of DreamJobs and an experienced professional in the marketing and HR sectors. Besides DreamJobs, she co-founded the biggest HR festival in Hungary – HR Fest, and currently acts as a second – generation lead at circular textile manufacturer Yee Chain Int. Ltd.
> Kinga Jentetics, Co-founder &CEO, PublishDrive
Kinga Jentetics has been working in the marketing field for over ten years. While involved in her Ph.D. studies in Budapest, she co-founded PublishDrive, an intelligent self-publishing platform for publishers and authors, aiming to distribute and manage ebooks, print, and audiobooks in a single place. She closed a Series A round in 2022, raising $2M. Awards have come her way – as a CEO, Kinga was nominated multiple times, including the European Forbes 30 Under 30 ranking.
> Zsuzsa Kecsmar, Co-founder, Antavo
In 2011, the co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer Zsuzsa Kecsmar established her company Antavo. Working in various radio stations as a radio producer and broadcaster and as a member of the Forbes Business Council, she entered the loyalty tech sector with Antavo, an Enterprise Loyalty Cloud providing technology to manage experience-based, paid, and lifestyle loyalty programs online, in-store, or on mobile. The company closed a €10M Series A round in late 2022.
> Hajnalka Hejja, Founder, Super Izzy AI
In 2016, backed by a medical degree, Hajnalka Hejja founded a startup Super Izzy AI, a FemTech chatbot offering women personalized health advice (period tracking and pill reminder) based on data collection and contextual understanding. From 2021, she has been working at Clue by Biowink, a period- tracking app that has reproductive health down to a science. She has hands-on experience in product development in the health domain and growth hacking.
> Alexa Zsófia Vas, Founder, Low-cost Robotics
Alexa Zsófia Vas is a young entrepreneur who was finishing her Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering in early 2022. It was in 2019, that she founded Low-cost Robotics, a company that is involved in developing affordable prosthetics for children between the ages of 6 and 16. Since 2018, she has also been working at Audi Hungaria, currently as a production technology engineer.
> Zsófia Tóth, Co-founder, Volteum
In 2019, Zsófia Tóth co-founded the startup Volteum, an electric fleet optimization software. With a background in energy engineering and physics, she worked at the Student Association of Energy in Hungary for 5+ years. The solution enables companies to use EVs in their fleets easily, effectively & economically as internal combustion engine vehicles. Volteum secured a seed round of €1. 3M in late 2022.