Central Europe News | May 23, 2019

Work.buzz, a digital tool allowing people to work in their own way, wins Budapest semi-final of Women Startup Competition powered by Avon

Women Startup Competition Budapest semi-final winner

The winning start-up from the Women Startup Competition (WSC) powered by Avon Budapest semi-final, Work.buzz, is a digital platform to help freelance workers market themselves and find work that suits them. Avon, WSC and investment experts partnered to shortlist applicants, provide mentoring, listen to the pitches and decide the winner.

Avon recently announced its partnership with WSC to both champion a new generation of female entrepreneurs and open-up the innovation pipeline to exciting new ideas and concepts. WSC supports fledgling businesses and entrepreneurs with education, inspiration, practical mentoring and networking through a series of events across Europe and an online beauty accelerator programme for applicants from any country.

The Budapest semi-final, one of nine events across Europe in 2019 before the finals in London in November, saw nine companies shortlisted to pitch their idea. The shortlisted companies received a day of mentoring to help them pitch their idea, grow their business and attract funding before presenting their business to a panel of judges.

Joining WSC founder Tamás Müller and a number of venture capital and investment companies on the panel of judges was Zoltán Radeczky, General Manager Avon Hungary.

“I was incredibly proud to be part of such an inspiring event. We know that creating opportunities for women improves life for their families, communities and society as a whole and the innovative new ideas could prove exciting for our business and millions-strong network of women around the world ,” says Zoltán. “ For more than 130 years Avon has been providing women worldwide with a flexible earning opportunity, so they can succeed in their own way, on their own terms so there’s great synergy with the vision for the Work.buzz platform which helps the growing number of freelancers fulfil their potential .”

Zoltán Radeczky, General Manager Avon Hungary

Work.Buzz will join the winners of the other nine events and the online beauty accelerator at the London final in November. The online beauty accelerator allows applications from beauty start-ups in any country – exploding the potential of the programme beyond the physical events. The deadline for online applications is the end of September and the criteria are the same as for the events: the start-up must be female-founded or ownership must be more than 50% female. WSC and Avon will choose the winners of the online accelerator programme in October ready for them to pitch their business at the London finals.

With millions of Representatives worldwide Avon is no stranger to supporting beauty entrepreneurs. Its global programme, stand4her, seeks to help create opportunities for women to build their own success in their own way and on their own terms - advancing the potential of women through the power of beauty.