Women@EIT 2019 Event-1: The XX Factor Pitching Challenge
In 1975, the United Nations began celebrating the International Women’s day on the 8th of March and introduced themes commemorating this day since 1996. The UN theme for International Women’s Day 2019 is “Think equal, build smart, innovate for change”.
Speaking of innovation, EIT Digital celebrated women’s day this year with Women@EIT, one of its community platforms. Women@EIT conducts several workshops and events at various EIT nodes to inspire female entrepreneurs and innovators. In fact, one of the core values is Professionalism which revolves around conducting leadership and technical workshops to add value to the career skills of young and energetic professionals. To mark the Women’s day 2019, Women@EIT held a pitching competition “The XX Factor Pitching Challenge 2019” open to all students in the Netherlands, including the alumni at the EIT Digital node in Eindhoven.
The pitching competition was all about coming up with an innovative business solution to address current societal problems and presenting the ideas with an impressive pitch. To begin the event with, Erwin van Eijden, the Co-Location manager of the Eindhoven node gave a warm welcome address to the gathering. After which, we had some cool pitches from the participants, explaining some of their innovative ideas and business proposals. The local leader of Eindhoven node, Aishwarya Manjunath Shetty gave a quick insight on who we are and what we do at Women@EIT. Later, there was a fun filled pitch training session by the speaker Nierika Hamaekers, Sustainability consultant at The Terrace. The training session was indeed very interactive and informative with various tips and techniques to deliver a good pitch. At the end of the event, there were some interesting prizes and goodies for the contestants and participants, not to forget the pizza party after the event 😀