What we believe, we can achieve

Women are still highly underrepresented in the startup sector with a share of around 20% – looking at science and tech-based startups the share is even 10% female founders. 

The reasons for these disparities are complex, but women clearly have to overcome a whole range of obstacles on their way to the top. The underrepresentation of women in the startup scene is not only a societal and systemic issue for gender equality, but also a missed opportunity for the economy. With our project, we aim to tackle these problems and alter the narrative about women entrepreneurs in Switzerland.

The Female Founders map provides transparency in the sector and portrays great female role models in the startup ecosystem. Through portraying these role models, we want to inspire women to become entrepreneurs themselves. In the end, we want to significantly increase the number of female founders in Switzerland!

The Team

Natalie Suess
Marketing and Community Building Expert at the Center for Entrepreneurship at ZHAW
Eliane Albrecht
Event & Project Manager at Impact Hub Zurich with a special focus on entrepreneurship
Matthias Filser
Head of Center for Entrepreneurship at ZHAW
Christoph Birkholz
Co-Founder Impact Hub Zurich

Increase the number!

Women are still highly underrepresented in the startup sector with currently only around 20% female (co-)founders. This is a societal and systemic issue for gender equality, as well as a missed opportunity for the economy. With our project, we aim to tackle this problem and alter the narrative about women entrepreneurs in Switzerland. In the end, we want to significantly increase the number of female founders in Switzerland!

Explore the Swiss Female Founder ecosystem

Female Founders Map

Transparency

The female founder map aims to provide transparency on the number of female founders in Switzerland and their sectors.

Role Models

We portray strong and innovative women that act as role models in their industries, making it easy to invite female founders for events, talks, discussions and so on.

Empowerment

The female founder initiative aims to inspire, inform and support women to become founders and entrepreneurs.

Welcome Feminine Ways of Working!

Annina Menzi, founder & CEO of Future.preneurship

An initiative by

Startup Campus ZHAW Impact Hub Zürich

Supported by

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