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Female Founders

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Women have innovation potential, but still rarely dare to take the step into self-employment.

The proportion of female founders in Germany and Hamburg is growing steadily, but women are still underrepresented in the startup scene. Most startups are founded by men, especially the capital-intensive ones. The Hamburg Senate has therefore decided to set up a female founders programme and to provide even more support for female founders in Hamburg, for example in the areas of financing and law. Female founders events are also intended to facilitate the exchange and networking of female founders with each other and with investors.

© Mathias Jäger/Hamburg Startups: the finalists of Female StartAperitivo 2022
© Mathias Jäger/Hamburg Startups: the finalists of Female StartAperitivo 2022

Female Founders in Hamburg

Hamburg is home to many female founders who have successfully developed their business idea into a profitable company. Traceless materials by Anne Lamp and Johanna Baare, for example, offers an alternative to plastics based on natural ingredients.

At the deep-tech startup ai-omatic, the founding team includes one woman and two men. It has launched a cloud-based software solution for predictive maintenance of machines.

Support Programmes & Organizations

  • Non-Profits

    Unternehmenswerkstatt Hamburg

    The Unternehmenswerkstatt Hamburg is a free service that supports you in developing your business plan independently and in a structured way. You can use the online tool to work and communicate on your start-up idea nationwide and...
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  • Universities

    International School of
    Management (ISM)

    Innovative and always on the pulse of time. This is what makes startups so special and this is what studying at the International School of Management (ISM) is like. As a business school with a high level of practical relevance and a...
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  • Non-Profits


    As the education service of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce, we offer professional development for a wide range of sectors and business areas, as well as courses to strengthen the personal and methodological skills of employees. We have...
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  • Incubators, Accelerators & Company Builder


    Trend office, think tank, innovation incubator: the InnoLab at HMS traces the media innovations and industry trends of tomorrow and beyond.
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The percentage of women among startup founders is still low. Women often face the challenge of balancing startup and family life. Yet female founders place more emphasis on sustainability and the ecological impact of their company than male founders do; this is incredibly important for the future and should be further encouraged. Some successful female founders are already showing that women are also made for entrepreneurship and can be an inspiring role model for other women who want to start their own businesses.

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