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March 29, 2021

Implicit Bias in the VC World – Why Are Female Entrepreneurs Held to Different Standards?

Written by Sophia Junginger & Lauren Desrosiers

The gap in startup financing is still as prevalent as ever, not only for female founders who want to have a chance to secure investment dollars but also for women who want to reach leadership positions at venture capital firms. While women have managed to rise in many sectors, the venture capital space remains mostly male-dominated, with change for the better happening at an almost imperceptible speed. Let’s dive into why women are still disproportionately disadvantaged in the funding process, what we can do about it, and the positive changes we have seen so far that give us hope for gender parity.

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March 24, 2021

How Are Things? A Virtual Chat with Dr. Michaela Hagemann (Founder & CEO of ‘das boep’)

Written by Sophia Junginger & Marie Klemme-Lacus

We talked to Dr. Michaela Hagemann, Founder of German Accelerator Alumni ‘das boep,’ about her experience of leaving the medical field to become a founder, how she lives by the mantra “in the end, everything has its purpose and will work out,” tips she would give young founders, and much more. We also wanted to know how they’ve been since the pandemic hit and what’s next for ‘das boep,’ and how she balances entrepreneurship and being a Mom of three.

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March 17, 2021

Startup Stereo Episode #06 – Female Entrepreneurship – Bettina Engert & Frederike Probert

Written by German Accelerator

In episode #06 of “Startup Stereo,” we talked to Bettina Engert (CEO of STARTUP TEENS) and Frederike Probert (Founder & CEO of Mission Female) about their experiences in the corporate, VC, and startup world. We dive into the importance of role models, entrepreneurial education, and an open mindset and curiosity to nurture equal opportunities.

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March 15, 2021

What It’s Like to Be the Only Woman in the Room

Written by Franziska Rammel

In our conversation with Katharina Kreitz, co-founder of Vectoflow, we talk about her experiences of being the only woman in the room, why women have to learn to leverage the advantages they have, astronaut Barbies, the gender gap in STEM, and learn that math is for lazy people.

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March 11, 2021

Behind Every Successful Woman Is Herself – And a Lot of Social Bias

Written by German Accelerator

Debunking Stereotypes of Women in Business | Gender bias; sometimes shockingly apparent, sometimes subconsciously present. Many stereotypes are as old as time; many re-discussed year after year. So why mention them again? Because we need to. We want to acknowledge and debunk widely held stereotypes about women as a crucial step to split from gender-biased clichés, including examples from #GAalumni das boep, Wildling, and Vectoflow, to leave them behind once and for all.

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March 8, 2021

Female Founders Worldwide: A Deep-Dive into the Facts & Figures Around #Fempreneurs

Written by German Accelerator

March 8 is International Women’s Day – A day to celebrate women around the globe! Shoutout to all the women, who give their best every day, run their own businesses, stay home to take care of their loved ones, and so much more. We want to take a look at the current state of female entrepreneurship and women in business across the globe.


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February 9, 2021

“Don’t Just Meet People, Do Business With Them”

Written by German Accelerator

“I was never planning to found my own company. In fact, I was supposed to start working as a consultant in an advertising agency.” Of course, we at German Accelerator are very happy that things turned out differently and can officially introduce our Company Scout Alice Behrendt. Alice shares her tips and experiences as a female founder and provides more insights into her job, scouting the best German startups for the German Accelerator programs in Germany, the U.S., and Asia.

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May 7, 2020

With a Passion for German Culture, Investor Anula Jayasuriya Is Hard at Work Promoting Female Entrepreneurs & Investing in Women’s Health

Written by Lauren Desrosiers

#GAmentor Anula Jayasuriya shares her insights from personal experience in the pharmaceutical industry and venture capital world. We sat down with her to speak about the barriers of entry into the VC world for women, the importance of organizations which support female entrepreneurs, and her investments in women’s health.

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April 22, 2020

Yes, You Can do This! – How to Digital Detox and Meet Yourself

Written by Franziska Rammel

Not only in times of the coronavirus crisis but in general we feel the urge to be available for anyone, anywhere, at any time. We asked Natalie Sennes, business woman, founder, and mindfulness coach, for her advice on how we can cope with the pressure, her essential tips on how to reduce screen time, and how she personally manages to detach.

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April 7, 2020

Startup Stereo Episode #01 – Why Receiving Feedback Can Feel Like Going to the Dentist – With Jenny von Podewils

Written by German Accelerator

The very first episode of German Accelerator’s podcast “Startup Stereo” is live! In episode #01, Jenny von Podewils, Co-Founder of Leapsome, a platform for people enablement, shares her insights on the importance of feedback and how meaningful reviews can serve as rocket fuel for both learning and a healthy company culture.

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April 2, 2020

Subservience, Meekness, Invisibility – an Investor’s Take on Female Founders Working With the Cultural Stereotypes and on Raising Funds in Asia

Written by Lydia Koh

It’s 2020, and the “old boys’ club” in venture capital should be a thing of the past. Only that it isn’t, especially in Asia. Monthida McCoole, Investor and German Accelerator Mentor, shares her experience on what it’s like to be (at most times) the only woman in the room and raising funds in Asia.

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March 19, 2020

How a Woman From Stuttgart Built a Global Community For Female Entrepreneurs: Meet Anne Cocquyt, Founder of The GUILD and #GAmentor

Written by German Accelerator

“The entrepreneurial journey is an exciting journey. It’s a rollercoaster with many ups and downs – be prepared, stay excited, and enjoy the ride.” Anne Cocquyt, serial entrepreneur and German Accelerator mentor, shares what it’s like to work in a male-dominated world and how she founded the GUILD, a global networking platform for female innovators and entrepreneurs.

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March 12, 2020

More Talent, Less Gender

Written by Judith Sterl

A Male Feminist and Executive Search Consultant on Glass Ceilings and Gender Disparities
Harald Fortmann is a digital expert, executive search consultant, entrepreneur, and author who chooses to support and write about female leaders and new work topics. This interview gives us a male perspective on gender bias and concrete tips on how men can support women in business.

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March 11, 2020

German Accelerator Coffee Sessions with Sophie Chung

Written by German Accelerator

Sophie Chung, MD (Qunomedical) | Democratizing access to high-quality healthcare (Part 2) “The time to start a company has never been better for female founders.” In part 2, Qunomedical founder Sophie Chung talks about managing the challenges of a multicultural team, getting away with 3-4 hours of sleep and what pattern recognition and intuition have to do with fundraising.

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March 9, 2020

Exploring Female Entrepreneurship From a Scientific Perspective

Written by Judith Sterl, Franziska Rammel

There is lots of research and studies analyzing female entrepreneurship, women in business, and the gender gap in today’s working world. We asked Nadine Chochoiek, Doctoral Candidate & Head of Teaching at Max Planck und LMU EC, about the potential reasons and the scientific perspective on this topic.

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March 8, 2020

Celebrating Women

Written by Marie Klemme-Lacus, Judith Sterl

Strong, innovative, purposeful. The women in our current German Accelerator classes around the globe are on a mission to scale their business internationally. Here’s what they have to say:

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March 4, 2020

German Accelerator Coffee Sessions with Sophie Chung

Written by German Accelerator

Sophie Chung, MD (Qunomedical) | Democratizing Access to High-Quality Healthcare (Part 1) What happens when an ambitious medical doctor and stem cell researcher quits her job, goes into management consulting and then works for a digital health startup? This #GAcoffeesession tells the founder story of Sophie Chung and her mission: Qunomedical.

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