Piroska Szalai is the Chair of the Board of the Budapest Enterprise Agency since 2013, her task was to renew and transform the BEA. Piroska Szalai has obtained a degree (MSc) at Pannon University in 1987, where she studied Industrial Engineering and Management Studies. She is the member of the MTA (Hungarian Academy of Sciences) Knowledge Management Committee, since 2003. She was the Ministerial Commissioner responsible for improving the labour market prospects of women at the Ministry for National Economy in 2012-2014. Since 2014, she is the ministerial advisor of the Minister of the National Economy. Since 2017 she is the Hungarian representative of the European BIC Network (EBN)’s directory board.
Budapest Enterprise Agency was founded by the Budapest City Council in 1993 for the development and promotion of the micro, small and medium enterprises of the Hungarian capital. BEA aims to contribute to the development and expansion of viable, new and existing entrepreneurs based on the market needs, thus contributing to the creation and preservation of workplaces in Budapest and to the facilitation of the economic growth of the Capital.
Monika is a colleague of Petra’s, working for the Budapest Enterprise Agency in Hungary. She joined us at the Local Leaders Summit on 5-6 November and told us about the early-stage investing scene in Hungary.
"We want to start a business dialogue between already existing business angels and wannabe business angels".