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LUMUS is an investment club that provides education and facilitates high-potential investment opportunities in the CEE region.

Founder Talks with CEO Karin Fuentesova

Karin Fuentesova started working as an accountant at 23, she set up an accounting and tax office. During several years of working in the accounting sector, it was difficult for her to see intelligent people working most of their time on routine tasks, such as manual data entry of invoices into accounting systems.

1. How did you start with a startup?

That’s why I started to be interested in the automation of the accounting process. It turned out that automation has been a big issue that has bothered our clients too. While looking for a suitable solution, I found Rossum. …

Founder Talks with CEO Ajda Mrzel Kaluza

Ajda Mrzel Kaluza is a mother, a former banker and now she turned to the startup world. After working in a bank for more than a decade, she founded Arvio — a software company that develops tools for real estate professionals, banks, insurance companies,… and other people who are interested in the real estate market.
Their software can automatically determine the value of the real estate, its appropriateness for collateral generates a short report, or just automatically collects information for an expert to review.

What is her story about the startup Arvio? Read more below!

1. Ajda what were your first steps to building Arvio?

Arvio was founded in 2018…

Gender Equality Talks with Jasmina Henniova — Investment Manager at 3TS Capital. Read the article below.

1. What does gender equality mean for you in the investment world?

I like to think more about gender diversity than gender equality. It is important to me that the investment world (and the world in general) is an inclusive one and that we have a diversity of opinion. This you can only achieve once you include people of all various backgrounds, genders, age groups, etc.

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

I think we need to use an inclusive language in all communication, inclusive talent acquisition practices, and equally or even more importantly also talent retention practice. …

Founder Talks with CEO Tea Vrcic

Tea Vrcic is the founder and CEO of the Roster. She is 26 years old, born in Croatia. She is passionate about 2 things in life: her startup and travelling. Her startup Roster is a software that helps SMEs automate their monthly expense reporting.

What is her story, how did she start the startup, what was the hardest part of building the Roster? Read more below.

1. Tea, how did you start with the Roster? What were your first steps?

How I got into the startup world is an interesting story and an unusual one. During my studies, I decided to do a Marketing Internship at Malta Information Technology Agency which was a government…

What does Peter Gajdoš, Head of Venture Capital IPM Group think about gender equality in business? Read our newest article below!

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

It means to mean equal access to capital and opportunities for women. Note: I believe the issue is not just women but also minorities (more of a US issue due to a more racially homogenous population in CEE). Bro investments by bro investors from elite schools into bros in elite schools is a real thing, though.

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

For me, there are 4 key things:

  1. More female VC partners and angel investors. If women are not in decision making positions in…

We took another interview and for this time with our amazing Paulina (Board Advisor at LUMUS)!

Paulina Szyzdek is an active angel investor and venture capitalist working with Zane Venture Fund as a Scholar in Residence, Female Founded Club, 13 VENTURES, and Clearbanc as a Venture Scout and she is part of our Board of Advisors at LUMUS.

1. Why are you an angel investor? What are your pros and cons?

First of all, it’s very different than investing out of the VC fund and gives you a lot of freedom when it comes to the decision-making process.
- Flexibility: you can decide where you want to focus on
- Responsiveness: you can be quick…

What does gender equality mean for Daria Hvizdalova? She is an innovative technology specialist with a focus on process automation. AI evangelist and public speaker, passionate about science communication.

Funds and ventures with capable young women should offer more flexibility through the years in which they need that option. It may also be a good idea to invest in mentoring to promote role models. If women continue to drift away from the industry after a point when it becomes difficult to manage multiple life roles, the industry’s reputation as unwelcoming and risky for women will persist, making it difficult to attract the next generation of women.

Thank you Daria for your time and your interesting answer.

We bring another interview with a very inspirational man. Sergio Fernandez de Cordova — Chairman at PVBLIC Foundation & P3 Smart City.

What does gender equality mean for you in the investment world?

Gender equality means we need to actually focus on it and stop talking about it. It means we need to build the DNA of new ventures, businesses, and projects where we are balanced and equal from day one. The investment community for way too long has had an old habit of not being inclusive. We need more women to step up and lead the conversation and men need to support that. We will start to see change when the community starts to realize it's not only the right thing to do but can also be good for business.

Thank you Sergio for your time and your interesting answer.

The data show that businesses founded by women ultimately deliver higher median revenue than those founded by men as well as their exit rates are higher, making women-owned companies better investments for financial backers. Female-led businesses are also more likely to provide employment for their female counterparts.

That's the reason why we bring another interview with a very inspirational woman. Lena Hödl — Managing Director and Head of Accelerator Female Founders.

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

For me, it simply means that the gender ratio in the investment world represents the gender ratio in our “real world”. Both on the investors and startup side. …

The fact is, that at present, women are seriously under-represented in the investment world. Women own about half of the European wealth but, by various estimates, make up no more than a few percent of angel investors.

For this reason, we decided to make an interview with inspirational women and we asked them what they think about gender equality in the investment world. The first one is Raya Yunakova — VC Investor at LAUNCHub Ventures.

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

Well, when it comes to equality, I am generally a proponent of the equality of opportunity concept — that is, giving equal chance to people…

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