Named Startup-Grande-Dame by the media, Selma is passionate about creating a better future. As Vice President of EBAN (European Business Angel Network), she is among the most influential women in the European early stage investing eco-system. She loves sharing her exciting entrepreneurial experience with audiences across the world, connecting purpose-driven startups & investors and coaching women to create their dream business.
Selma is founder of 1MillionStartups the global platform supporting SDG startups, Board Member of Austrian Angel Investors Association and Lead Investor at Rising Tide Europe 1 impacting the next generation of female angel investors. She teaches entrepreneurship at universities and authored two books. Media in over 40 countries covered her activities and expertise. She spoke over 1.000 times on stage as a professional speaker and founded LiveYourDreamLife.tv.
For her innovative approach to business and commitment to entrepreneurship and social change, Selma received numerous awards such as: the Austrian WOMAN Award 2006, Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award 2014; and Best Pioneering Investment Initiative 2015.
Born in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Selma lived in several countries in Europe and North Africa and has been based in Vienna (Austria) since 1991. Educated in 4 different languages, she studied at the University of Sarajevo, at Saint Louis University in Madrid, and at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration. Selma is happily married to her first love and is proud mother of two millennials.