The first Data Bank for Female Founders launched Thursday (April 26, 2018) in the unique setting of PAL in Hamburg’s Karolinenviertel chosen by Hamburg Startups. Founders and their friends came together in a hip club atmosphere. Sanja Stankovic and Sina Gritzuhn, founders of Hamburg Startups and initiators of StartupSpot Female Founders, presided over the evening’s events. The new project has been launched under the auspices of Dagmar Wöhrl, a former state minister, entrepreneur and an investor on VOX TV’s “The Lion’s Den” for start-ups.
Over 300 start-ups by female founders registered
Women are part of only every fourth German start-up team, studies show. Stankovic and Gritzuhn are aiming to change this situation and raise the visibility of female founders and change the perspective. Stankovic explained: “Female founders are frequently not up stage like their male colleagues which leads to a distorted image in society. Our ‘StartupSpot Female Founders’ aims to change that and make way for more role models.“ At the moment, the data bank has over 300 records of start-ups that have at least one woman on the founders’ team.
Start-up profiles, live statistics and documents
Start-ups can register free of charge and set up their own profile. Apart from detailed information about numerous fledgling companies, live statistics give insight into Germany’s female ecosystem for start-ups. Interestingly, most of over 300 registered female start-ups are in commerce (20 per cent) followed by technology with 14 per cent. Documents will also be available on the website.
Strong ambassadors to back women
Female entrepreneurs can now expect support from 22 male and female ambassadors including Susann Hoffmann and Nora-Vanessa Wohlert, founders of Edition F web magazine, and Ralf Dümmel, an investor on “The Lion’s Den” TV show. During a recent video message, Dagmar Wöhrl, stressed the importance of mixed teams. Other strong partners are Digital Media Women and QVC Next – a start-up initiative by the multichannel shopping company.