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Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway to deliver opening speech in New York on Women’s Day

Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway will deliver the opening speech at New York City’s Women’s Day event, the most significant meeting place in the city for entrepreneurs, hosted by Innovation Norway on 8 March at SAP. Innovation Norway’s co-hosts for this event are UN Women and SAP. Nordic Council of Ministers and DNB have partnered with them for Women’s Day.

According to a press release from the Royal Court of Norway, Her Royal Highness will speak before a group organised by Innovation Norway to “bring together some of the world’s foremost actors in New York to change the structures that prevent financial inclusion.”

Innovation Norway has said, “Two billion people, most of them women, have limited or no access to financial services. New technology can give women better access to saving, borrowing and earning money, thus enhancing women’s independence, security and ability to start their own business.

“The goal of the event March 8 is to find out how groundbreaking technology can help ensure financial inclusion and financial independence for women and how we can get more investors to invest in female entrepreneurs. The event is the largest meeting place for entrepreneurs in New York on Women’s Day.”

During the discussions on Women’s Day, those who will take part include UN Women’s Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, CNN’s Vanessa Yurkevich, Al Jazeera’s Ghida Fary Khane, as well as representatives and leaders of the Human Rights Foundation, MasterCard, She Invest, Nordic Impact and World Bank.

On the evening of 7 March at WeWork Bryant Park, Crown Princess Mette-Marit will present the Female Entrepreneur Award in New York City. The award will go to “a female Norwegian technology entrepreneur who works internationally and works towards one or more of the [United Nations’s] sustainability goals.” Innovation Norway is hosting the event with their partners Nordic Innovation and the Norwegian Consulate General.

A central part of the programme on the 7th will be the Nordic ecosystem for entrepreneurs as well as the Nordic entrepreneurship model.

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