To advance the issue of gender balance in Hamburg's startup scene, the City of Hamburg has launched the Female StartAperitivo ACADEMY. A further development of the Female StartAperitivo event series, the initiative offers hands-on workshops for female startup founders as well as master classes for potential female business angels.
There is still a lot to do
Only 20% of founders in Germany are women - and of the venture capital awarded worldwide, all-female teams receive just around 3%, mixed teams around 9%. Although teams with at least one woman at the helm have been proven to perform better - in terms of return on investment, jobs and technology. On the investor side, things don't look any better: Only just under 13% of business angels in Germany are women. In venture capital firms, the share of female decision-makers is currently only about 5%. (Sources: European Women in VC | Deutscher Startup Monitor).
The ACADEMY is for beginners and free of charge
To improve this situation, the Hamburg Investors Network of IFB Innovationsstarter has launched the Female StartAperitivo. The event series has now been expanded to include the Female StartAperitivo ACADEMY. All events are specially designed for newcomers and are aimed at women who are interested in founding or investing in startups. The ACADEMY offers selected and practice-relevant workshops for female founders. For women who want to become business angels or learn more about startup investments, the ACADEMY offers master classes by experienced industry insiders. The events are sponsored by the Ministry of Economics and Innovation (BWI) and the Hamburg Investment and Development Bank (IFB). The offers of the ACADEMY are therefore free for all participants.
Female investors wanted!
From the perspective of co-initiator Heidrun Twesten (Impacct GmbH, EQUALIZER Podcast), both sides also need to be strengthened: "The fact that women only get a small slice of the VC pie is also due to the fact that so few women invest in startups! For many, the topic of venture capital is very myth-ridden, a "black box" whose jargon excludes most from the start." To make the first step into this world easier, experienced practitioners share their expertise with participants at the Female StartAperitivo ACADEMY. They talk about the biggest challenges, existing obstacles and answer the most important questions about starting and investing.
The complete program of the Female StartAperitivo ACADEMY
WORKSHOPS FOR FEMALE FOUNDERS | 2-5 PM | IMPACT HUB HAMBURG
October 12 - "Addressing my target group" with Marit Filger | to register
October 26 - "Financial planning" with Boris Kozlowski | to register
November 08 - "Becoming a pro networker" with Rafael Jancen and Dr. Kirsten Mikkelsen | to register
November 23 - "Next level pitching" with Lars Hartenstein | to register
MASTERCLASSES FOR FEMALE BUSINESS ANGELS | 6 PM | IMPACT HUB HAMBURG
October 12 - "Angel investments step by step" with Matthias Grychta | to register
October 26 - "How to assess technology" with Dr. John Lange, Steffen Maas and Lena Weirauch | to register
November 8 - "Investing smaller tickets" with Dr. Steffen Leicht and Dr. Tilman Rückert | to register
November 23 - "Angelina's Round Table" with Heidrun Twesten and Anne Geiger | to register
FOR ALL: "GRAND FEMALE FINALE 2022" ON DECEMBER 7 AT BETAHAUS HAMBURG ➡️ TICKETS