Business and Professional Women

Prvi hrvatski klub Pula - Associated Club Pula, Croatia


A delegation of 25 women entrepreneurs, members of Business and Professional Women's Association (BPW) from Pula in Croatia, and two representatives of BPW Rijeka, participated in the 1st BPW AdrionNet Network Forum (network of women entrepreneurs in Adriatic-Ionian region) on October 19th in Athens, Greece. This forum titled The Women's Entrepreneurship Forum - a New Horizon was held at the Athens Chamber of Commerce under the auspices of President of the Chamber, Mr. Constantine Michalos. The forum was opened by the founder and president of BPW AdrionNet network, Mrs. Alida Perkov, who emphasized that the initiative for connecting women entrepreneurs from the Adriatic-Ionian region, more specifically from Italy, Croatia, Greece and Cyprus, came from the BPW Pula association. The BPW AdrionNet Network was established in 2017 in Bari, and Greece undertook to organize the first forum of this organization.

At the opening ceremony, forum participants were greeted by the Ambassador of the Republic of Croatia to Athens Mr. Alexander Sunko, who on this occasion welcomed such form of regional business networking. Forum was attended by some hundred women from Italy, Croatia, Greece and Cyprus, and the representatives of Greek institutions, as well as BPW International and BPW Europe. Forum featured thematic discussions on various forms of business cooperation among the women entrepreneurs. During the discussions on the ​​sustainable tourism and gastronomy, several projects for gastronomic and tourist networking have been proposed. The need for cooperation of regional agencies in the field of EU projects was also emphasized. Examples of good practice in networking of women entrepreneurs in Adriatic-Ionian region were also presented, which resulted in the concrete business talks and lobbying. Special attention was paid to the Round Table on Lifelong Learning and the New Economy, whereby online business has been highlighted as a good opportunity for entrepreneurship co-operation.

Croatian women entrepreneurs had a separate meeting with the representatives from BPW Soluna, where the cooperation of these two clubs has been agreed.

The next, 2nd BPW AdrionNet Business Network Forum will take place at Sannio University in Italy in the spring of 2019.



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