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Selma Prodanovic Speaker

Selma Prodanovic

speaker. advisor. investor

"TOP 100 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.

Hello & welcome!

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


We are facing a million problems, yet entrepreneurs are creating solutions to the grand challenges of our time.


As a globally celebrated and influential female 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 solutions to the grand challenges of our time.​

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!             

"Startup-Grande-Dame" Selma Prodanovic

Named Startup-Grande-Dame by the media, Selma is a passionate entrepreneur and globally celebrated inspiring keynote 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 was elected "TOP 100: Europe's most influential women in the startup & VC space" in 2022 & 2023, while prominent media outlets in over 40 countries (Forbes, Financial Times, Elle, ORF, Aljazeera) covered her expertise and activities.


She proudly serves as Vice-President of the European Business Angel Network (EBAN). She is the founder & Board Member of the Austrian Angel Investors Association (aaia) and the global SDG platform 1MillionStartups, while she launched a dozen successful brands with her boutique consultancy Brainswork.

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.

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

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