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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

  • Startup Consultancy

    Free initial consultation by Hamburg patent attorneys

    The IPC Innovation and Patent Centre of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce organises the free and confidential initial consultation together with patent attorney firms in Hamburg. Prior registration is required under! The...
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  • Incubators, Accelerators & Company Builder

    foodlab Accelerator

    foodlab offers the first accelerator program for the gastronomy scene. We support you, challenge you and offer a worldwide network. In cooperation with the team of the F&B Heroes we offer a 9 months program packed with kickass workshops,...
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  • Public Organizations


    GovTecHH is the first point of contact for startups that want to cooperate with the Hamburg administration. As a venture client unit, GovTecHH identifies complex problems in public authorities, districts or state enterprises, searches...
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  • Public Organizations

    Young Makers Hamburg

    Young Makers Hamburg is the umbrella initiative for entrepreneurship education in Hamburg.Book your free consultation and receive information about entrepreneurship education in Hamburg.For students, teachers, career guidance officers,...
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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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