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Hanneke Stegweg, Founder, iLost, presenting at The NextWomen Grand FinaleHanneke Stegweg is the winner of The NextWomen Grand Finale, winning not only the Best Startup Pitch Award, a startup loan of Euro 6000 and a Schaap & Citroen solitaire diamond, but also walking away with the Audience Award and a consultation with Kennedy Van der Laan, the law firm supporting the The NextWomen Awards 

Hanneke's company, iLost B.V.,specializes in lost items. Using the iLost App, recovering your lost scarf is easier than ever. Additionally, iLost has an outsourcing option to help companies with their lost and found items.

TheNextWomen100 has launched. This list consists of the 100 most important women from the Netherlands who run their own businesses and turnover millions.

Other criteria for TheNextWomen100 are number of employees, equity interest, and the impact of the women as role models.

Besides the launch of the TheNextWomen100 the "Best Startup Pitch ' was awarded to a starting female entrepreneur.

Fiona (centre) receiving her Mumpreneur of the Year AwardI have always dreamed of doing what I’m doing now. How strange that is to say. I don’t think many people get to say that in their lifetime, so I do appreciate where I am at this very moment. I’m a firm believer that you make your own luck and if you focus on what you want enough then, with hard work and determination, it will happen. I was brought up in a hard working, self employed family and had a great childhood, as Mum stayed at home to look after me and my two brothers while Dad was out working hard.

Dr Julie Barnes is CEO of Abcodia Ltd, an innovative company engaged in the validation and discovery of biomarkers for the early detection and screening of disease.

Abcodia swept the boards at the UK’s 2012 Startups Awards, winning the Innovative Business of the Year Award, the Angel or VC-Backed Business of the Year Award and the prestigious Natwest Startups Business of the Year Award, whilst Julie was also awarded the Startups Businesswomen of the Year Award.

2012 OEMP participants on the last day of the courseThanks to Sanderyn Amsberg for this review of the OEMP Program. If you've been to an event our community should know about, let us know!

Big businesses have plenty of programs to upgrade and update their managers' knowledge, but small business owners and entrepreneurs usually have to shop around to acquire new skills and professionalism. Up until now!

The leading business school IE, based in Madrid and on a tie with top schools such as Harvard, LBS and INSEAD started a program for business owners and entrepreneurs this year. I attended the Executive Management Training and tested the waters. 

Anisah Osman BrittonMy name is Anisah and I run (pronounced pocket money). It is an online platform which matches students who are looking to earn some extra cash with individuals, businesses and charities that are looking for one off/short term assistance.

I left college in May 2011 after doing a crazy two year course, also known as the International Baccalaureate. During the entire course I was decided on being an RAF pilot, an actor, a director, a translator for the UN, a CEO and an Oxford/Cambridge graduate. In short, I had no idea what I wanted to do! I was sure that I would either go to University or Drama school, but it began to appeal less and less. Don’t get me wrong, University is a great institution, but it was not the right path for me. Instead, I decided to take a gap year and travel.

Our new blogger Wendy Tan WhiteWe are absolutely delighted to announce Wendy Tan White as the most recent addition to our community of regular bloggers. Wendy is the co-founder and CEO of Moonfruit, which was recently acquired by Yell group (recently re-branded Hibu) in a deal worth $37m. She is a 500 Startups mentor and was named female UK Tech Entrepreneur of the Year 2011. Welcome onboard Wendy!

Something caught my eye recently: an appearance by someone called Steve Moxon before a Commons select committee as part of an inquiry into women in the workplace. He is the author of a book called “The Women Racket” and that perhaps gives you a clue as to his point of view.

The NextWomen Grand Finale is the spectacular culmination of all The NextWomen Pitch events that were held throughout the Netherlands in 2012.

At the Grand Finale, all winners and runners-up from this year's Netherlands events will present to a stellar panel of investors, business experts and entrepreneurs. The winner will be awarded 'Best Startup Pitch 2012'.

During a festive lunch, we will announce 'The Top 100 Female Business Heroes', based on research, a survey, turnover, number of employees, and equity.

The event is invitation-only but we are offering a limited number of audience tickets to entrepreneurs, investors, experts and professionals. Click here to purchase yours.

Maker Panel: Kickstarter Success Stories For Hardware Startups” with (from left to right): Adafruit Industries, Roominate, Everpurse, GoldieBloxLaura Greb, as reporter for The Next Women, visited The Women 2.0 PITCH NYC 2012 Conference and Competition; it marked a jam-packed day of empowering speakers who have started and successfully led companies in the tech space. She reports:

Women entrepreneurs are starting to take the industry by storm and as Natalia Oberti Noguera, Founder and CEO of PipelineFellows, stated: 

“If you have an opportunity to -- just say YES” 

Studies have proven that successful women entrepreneurs start their businesses as a second or third profession. Studies also showed women are assembling into business networks, where members pull together resources and expertise. Time and time again, women have proven to be driven, ruthless, storytellers, cheerleaders, remarkable communicators and mentors. 

Investor Panel (L-R): Brigitte Bauman, Ashley Ward, Anna Sofat, Karen Darby, Dale Murray, Tim de Vere GreenGuest post by Natalia Martinez.

I recently attended a networking event organized by The NextWomen magazine. The event itself was an “Investment Pitch” evening in which a number of start-up companies had the opportunity to present their business plans to a diverse audience and a real panel of investors.

It was my first time at a The NextWomen event and an experience that I would recommend to any budding female entrepreneur.

I was straight away amazed by the venue itself. The event was sponsored by Orrick and took place at their office in the heart of the City of London. An elegant and sophisticated building with a nice bright conference room all for ourselves. 

The event followed a tight agenda, with keynotes from a female entrepreneur and a female investor framing the challenges women face as they strive to bcome successful in business, followed by seven startup pitches. Each presentation lasted for  3 minutes followed by five minutes Q&A from a panel composed of a mixture of non-executive directors, CEOs, entrepreneurs and business angels).