PechaKucha Nights hosts the event “Women for Equal Business”

Date: Friday, June 11, 2021

One of the participants of PechaKucha Nights, Keti Tsilosani, shares her experience to the audience. Photo: Interpressnews
One of the participants of PechaKucha Nights, Keti Tsilosani, shares her experience to the audience. Photo: Interpressnews

Showcasing positive examples and telling stories about overcoming difficulties and about implementing successful and innovative activities have a special power, especially when it comes to promoting women’s entrepreneurship and equitable business.

The desire to share their personal experiences united six young women entrepreneurs on 11 June in Tbilisi on the popular platform PechaKucha Nights, focused around one topic - “Women for Equal Business”. The participants made six-minute presentations, and in addition to presenting their activities, they also told the audience why this topic is important, relevant, interesting and inspiring.

It is noteworthy that most of the participants founded or developed their business with the support of UN Women. Among them was Katie Tsilosani, who is one of the participants of the project “A Joint Action for Women’s Economic Empowerment in Georgia” (JAWE), generously funded by the Government of Norway. Katie opened the first social café, “Keto’s”, in Guria, Lanchkhuti with a grant from UN Women, creating a new and innovative space in town.

“Probably, by sharing my story, I can set an example and give incentives to others. Maybe someone in the audience will start thinking about changing her life like I did,” said Katie, adding that such gatherings are a good networking opportunity for young entrepreneurs. “After the speech, some people came forward and expressed their willingness to support my social café.”

Tamar Sheitnishvili, co-founder of apple chips company “Enkeni” tells the story how she launched her business. Photo: Interpressnews
Tamar Sheitnishvili, co-founder of apple chips company "Enkeni" tells the story how she launched her business. Photo: Interpressnews

Tamar Sabedashvili, Acting UN Women Country Representative in Georgia, remarked: “Sharing experiences gives so much to the storyteller and the audience as well. I would like to thank the participants this evening, who empowered us by sharing their success stories.”

PechaKucha Nights is a world-famous informal storytelling platform. With its help, innovators, entrepreneurs and change agents speak to an audience about their ideas, projects and work. The platform was launched in Tokyo in 2003 by young designers and is now held in more than 1,200 cities. The event format envisages the storytellers making a 20-slide presentation and then having only 20 seconds to talk about each slide.

PechaKucha Nights has been held in Georgia since 2018. The event on 11 June 2021 was organized jointly by UN Women, the Tbilisi Startup Büro, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom South Caucasus, and the programme TBC for Business (of TBC Bank).