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Female StartAperitivo, a competition for female founders, takes place for the fourth time in 2024. Ten federal states are participating, and the semi-finals are currently happening. HandsOn!, a startup that has just emerged from an incubator, came out on top at the Hamburg event.

© Mathias Jäger/Hamburg Startups: group picture of the Hamburg semi-final of Female StartAperitivo 2024
© Mathias Jäger/Hamburg Startups: group picture of the Hamburg semi-final of Female StartAperitivo 2024

Lots of tech and software at Female StartAperitivo

The basic idea behind the competition organised by the Hamburg Investors Network is to help startups founded and managed by women to gain more visibility and, ideally, funding. At least on the first point, the organisers were once again successful, as the event in the Oberhafenquartier was very well attended in summery spring weather. The audience was presented with a wide range of innovations and business ideas, with tech and software products dominating.

For example, the digital twin for solids production from DyssolTEC, a high-performance camera from X Spectrum and educational software from FlowShare were among the products on show. However, Manti Manti received the third most votes in the voting, in which a jury of experts and the public were equally involved. This startup produces glasses for children that are as chic as they are robust, thus filling a gap in the market.

© Mathias Jäger/Hamburg Startups: Elena Dwenger and Aylin Kitt, founders of HandsOn!
© Mathias Jäger/Hamburg Startups: Elena Dwenger and Aylin Kitt, founders of HandsOn!

HandsOn! wants to enthuse more women with craftsmanship

Awareness of healthy eating is growing, which is also reflected in the awarding of the second place. This was taken by greenspot, a startup that promises agricultural businesses increased income and fresher and more nutritious fruit and vegetables for its customers. This is to be achieved by moving away from monocultures and direct sales under the motto ‘farm to fork’.

The most encouragement received HandsOn!, a project that emerged from the Körber Start Hub's Next Generation Incubator. Elena Dwenger and Aylin Kitte won the final pitch there and thus secured a wildcard for the semi-finals of Female StartAperitivo. They owe their success to the idea of getting more young women interested in skilled trades. There is an increasing shortage of skilled labour in this area, but women are still underrepresented. HandsOn! aims to break down prejudices and open doors. In any case, the door has now opened to the final on 6 June, for which free tickets are available here.


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