Female Founders Award

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Nominate a successful female founder!


Female founders are still a minority in the start-up ecosystem on both sides of the Atlantic. AmCham Germany’s Female Founders Award is setting an example by honoring two successful female founders as positive role models. We intend to promote and empower female founders in their visibility and networking while inspiring and motivating other women across Germany to become entrepreneurs. We would especially like to encourage female talent operating in the fields of technology, electronics, engineering or other branches usually underrepresented by women. The award brings together the values of American entrepreneurial spirit and German entrepreneurship as well as the activities of AmCham Germany in the context of entrepreneurship and diversity / women in leadership.



Selection Process

Together with our cooperation partners, AmCham Germany publicly calls for the nomination of candidates for the Female Founders Award. The founders may either nominate themselves or be nominated by companies or individuals. An independent committee selects the winners. The award winners will be informed in early / mid-November before the award ceremony on December 4 as part of the Transatlantic Evening in Berlin.


Selection Criteria

  • Your are the female (co-)founder of a company or start-up (innovative technology or business model)
  • Your company has been successfully positioned on the market for 3-5 years and is not older than 10 years
  • A healthy growth and a solid and growing customer base can be traced
  • The turnover of the company was at least 200.000 Euro in the last business year
  • You have secured important market shares in your segment
  • Your team is comprised by at least 3 people
  • There are leading media and established blogs that have already reported on you and speak for your visibility
  • You have secured finance for the next 2 years and you have a clear vision for the future and growth of your company for the next 5 years.

Are you a female founder? Or do you know someone who is? Then we encourage you to nominate one or apply for yourself!

Stay tuned for updates. Applications will be open soon!

The award winners will be honored during the Transatlantic Evening in Berlin on December 4, 2019.

Prof. Dr. Torsten Oltmanns, Regional Chair Berlin-Brandenburg, AmCham Germany and Partner, Roland Berger GmbH

Nadine Bütow, Founder, CommsART and Member of Berlin Team, Digital Media Women e.V.
Nadine Bütow is an entrepreneur, moderator and consultant for corporate communication in times of digital and social change. As a speaker, she focusses on the topics of diversity, gender equality, cultural change and leadership. At the network Digital Media Women (#DMW) in Berlin, she campaigns for the visibility and the networking of women from the digital economy. She also heads #DMW's #30mit30 national campaign, which is open to companies with at least 30 percent female representation in the top three management levels.

Maria Gross, Managing Director, GERMANTECH
Change (and her love for the city of Berlin) is the only constant in Maria's life - that's why she keeps on questioning the status quo, develops new ideas and gets her energy out of the challenge. She started her career at Daimler, studied Nonprofit-Management and travelled the world. Just to learn that everything she always seeked was working in a diverse field. After working for different accelerators & incubators and failing & learning with her own startups she joined GERMANTECH. As the Managing Director she loves bringing together diverse stakeholders to learn from each other and work on a sustainable future.

Barbara Biemann-Bennke

Manager, Events & Projects

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