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Selma Prodanovic

Empowering a Million Entrepreneurs.

Impacting a Billion Lives.

"Europe's most influential women in the startup & VC space"

2022 & 2023



From silence to impacting millions

Silenced for years, Selma once believed that her voice & actions didn't matter.

But empowered by one person, she found her purpose and the courage to speak up. Since then and over the last 20 years, she's been over 2000 on stage, using her influential position and powerful voice to drive change and to be that "one person" empowering others to speak, make a positive difference, and create our future.

Welcome to my World of Entrepreneurship!

My name is Selma and I am passionate about empowering people and creating a better future.  ​


As a society, we face a million problems, yet entrepreneurs are creating solutions to the grand challenges of our time.


As a globally influential keynote speaker, I use my voice to inspire and empower the next generation of entrepreneurs and investors, especially women, to follow their dreams and create the solutions we need. To the benefit of us all.​

I am on a mission to inspire, empower, educate, and fund one million entrepreneurs who, together, will make a positive difference in the lives of a billion people.​



Jillian de Beer (de Beer Communications, New Zealand)

“I am truly humbled by your generosity and your endless perseverance to bring to the fore so much creative talent, knowledge sharing and collaborative exchange to touch the lives of others. You truly are an inspirational leader!             

TED Talk: Invest Like A Girl

Tackling the existing prejudices, gender biases, and investment concepts to reshape the startup world toward a more sustainable future. A game-changing talk, to shed light on the gender gap in startup investing, its consequences, and what we can do to close it. This passionate journey takes us into a future that everyone, regardless of gender, can benefit from.

Watch Selma's full TED Talk: click here.

"Startup-Grande-Dame" Selma Prodanovic

Named Startup-Grande-Dame by the media, Selma is a passionate entrepreneur and globally celebrated keynote and TEDx speaker who loves sharing her abundant professional experience and exciting personal story with audiences worldwide.

For the last 20 years, she considerably shaped the startup and angel investing ecosystem in Europe. She is among "Europe's most influential women in the startup & VC space" in 2022 & 2023, while prominent media in over 40 countries (Forbes, Financial Times, Elle, ORF, Aljazeera) covered her expertise and activities.


As Vice-President of the European Business Angel Network (EBAN) she is leading Europe's early-stage investing ecosystem. She initiated the EBAN Manifesto for Gender Balanced Investing aiming to triple the number of female angel investors in Europe by 2030.


She is the founder of the global SDG platform 1MillionStartups and the Austrian Angel Investors Association (now Invest Austria), while she launched a dozen successful brands with her boutique advisory Brainswork.

Selma's impact goes beyond boardroom decisions, ecosystem leadership, and policy initiatives. She possesses a unique ability - the power to inspire and empower others. To learn from Selma is to embark on a transformative journey guided by a mentor who has walked the path herself.


Besides her passion for entrepreneurship, she is a fervent advocate for female empowerment and mental fitness. For her innovative approach to business and commitment to entrepreneurship and social change, she received numerous awards such as the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award and EBAN Best Pioneering Investment Initiative.

An Austrian, born in Sarajevo (Bosnia-Herzegovina), Selma was raised in several countries in Europe and North Africa and was formally educated in 4 different languages. She studied at the University of Sarajevo, at the Saint Louis University in Madrid, and at the Vienna University of Economics and Business.

Above all, Selma is happily married to her first & and only love, and the proud mother of two fantastic young adults.

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