V Polish – Swedish Business Women Forum

Growing beyond old definitions into new possibilities

9 May 2016


Slottet, 752 37 Uppsala

Women are the largest emerging market in the world. They own about a third of all businesses in the world, and nearly half of those businesses are in developing countries. What challenges are women facing in an increasingly demanding EU marketplace and competitive economic environment? How are women cultivating success, taking ownership of their development and ambitions, and thriving professionally and personally? What strategies, virtues and best practices enable women to gain momentum on their journeys towards greater achievement?

V Polish-Swedish Business Women Forum provides a networking platform to bring together some of the most effective, creative and innovative women to exchange ideas and dialogues on issues related to business and women entrepreneurship.


 Embassy of the Republic of Poland,

Trade and Investment Promotion Section

 Governor of Uppsala



 Swedish-Polish Chamber of Commerce

 Polska Kvinnoklubben SABAT

 Polish – Swedish Chamber of Commerce

 Polish Agency for Enterprise Development





9.30 – 10.45

Uppsala sightseeing

10.45 – 11.00

Registration and coffee

11.00 – 11.10

Welcome and opening remarks

Wiesław Tarka, Ambassador of the Republic of Poland in Stockholm

Peter Egardt, Governor, Uppsala County

11.10 – 11.20

Opening and introductory words

Esabelle Dingizian, Deputy Speaker, The Riksdag

11.20 – 13.00


Women potential in Research & Development

Promotion of women innovation entrepreneurship and R&D may contribute to creating new jobs, stimulating economic development, achieving equal rights for women and strengthening social cohesion.


11:20 – 11: 40 Commercialization of research results

Pirkko Tamsen, Head of Uppsala University Innovation Dep., Uppsala University

11:40 – 12:00 Gendered Innovations – is that an issue?

Karolina Kublickiene MD, PhD, Head of Centre for Gender Medicine, Karolinska Institutet

12:00 – 12:20 Women in science

Prof. Elżbieta Frąckowiak, Vice-President, The Polish Academy of Sciences

12:20 – 12:40 Business opportunities for Polish and Swedish innovations in Uppsala Region

Stina Thor, Marketing & Communications Manager, Uppsala Innovation Centre

12:40 – 13:00 Polish business women around the World

Maria Olsson, President of the Polish Association in Sweden; Leader of Polska Kvinnoklubben SABAT

13.00 – 14.00


14.00 – 15:20


Innovative thinking for tomorrow’s business

Growing beyond old definitions into new possibilities

14:00 – 14:20 Support system for innovation entrepreneurship in Poland

Polish Agency for Enterprise Development representative

14:20 – 14:40 Obstacles of being a business woman

Lenita Freidenvall, Director of first level studies, Stockholm University

14:40 – 15:00 Employer branding – gender matters?

Monika Kantowicz-Gdańska, CEO, MKG Consulting

15:00 – 15:20 Life-science matters – study case

Lena Söderström, CEO, Senzime AB

15:20 – 16:00



Growing international

How can we co-operate and where to get help?

Moderator: Małgorzata Musińska-Kubis

Panelists: Monika Socha, Second Secretary, Embassy of the Republic of Poland, Trade and Investment Promotion Section; Ewa Weijne, Member of the Board of Directors, Swedish-Polish Chamber of Commerce in Stockholm; Magdalena Pramfelt, CEO, Polish-Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Gdańsk.

16.00 – 17.30


(B2B meetings)