the key study on the importance of female founders for the German startup ecosystem. The goal of the Female Founders Monitor is to support women entrepreneurs in Germany and to promote the openness, diversity and competitiveness of the startup ecosystem. On the basis of facts and figures, the FFM raises awareness of the conditions for female founders, identifies current challenges and fosters social change.
The FFM aims to advance startup research by focusing the attention on the position of female founders in this field.
As a result, the specific motives of female founders and their challenges in the startup ecosystem are made visible.
Our goal is to create new momentum for empowering women in the tech sector and in business as a whole.
In addition to their entrepreneurial drive, female founders are more strongly motivated by overarching goals than male founders: their motivation is closely related to the green economy and social entrepreneurship. As a result, startups led by female entrepreneurs are characterized by their strong connection between economy and society.
In the context of the current corona crisis, the strong presence of female entrepreneurs in the health and education sectors is particularly interesting – more than a quarter of all women-led startups are active in these two sectors. Female founders are therefore a fundamental driver of medical innovation and the digitization of the education system in Germany.
Fast growth and raising high volumes of capital are still the exception for female founders: To date, only 5.2% of female-led teams have received one million euros or more – compared to 27.8% of male-founded teams.
leads the research department at the Startups Association.
has been actively shaping the European startup community since 2012.
is part of the research department at the Startups Association.
is responsible for Google for Startups in Germany.
develops programs to supports founders for Google for Startups.