Female Founders Award

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Nominate a Successful Female (Co-)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 (co-)founders as positive role models. We intend to promote and empower female (co-)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 (co-)founders may either nominate themselves or be nominated by companies or individuals until November 3, 2019. An independent committee selects the recipients who will be informed mid-November. The award ceremony will take place on December 4 as part of our 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 100.000 Euros in the last business year or your company can account for an equivalent turnover relevant engagement (e.g. paid pilot)
  • You have a well-defined market in your segment
  • Your team is comprised by at least 5 people
  • There are leading media and established blogs that have already reported on you and speak for your visibility
  • You are currently well funded and you have a clear vision for the future and growth of your company for the next 5 years.

Here you can apply directly or nominate a candidate for AmCham Germany's Female Founders Award 2019!
Deadline for submissions: November 3, 2019

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If you are nominating someone other than yourself:

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

Venue: Microsoft Berlin

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.

Prof. Dr. Torsten Oltmanns, Regional Chair Berlin-Brandenburg, AmCham Germany and Partner, Roland Berger GmbH
Prof. Dr. Torsten Oltmanns is Partner and Head of the Business Line "Executive Communications & Stakeholder Management, located in Berlin. He works at the interface between business, politics and media, supporting companies, governments and NGOs in all kinds of transformation programs, wage negotiations and digital change. He studied economics at the University of Cologne and, at the same time, was trained as business journalist at the Cologne School of Journalism. Torsten Oltmanns has published several books on strategy and marketing, he gives speeches and lectures on the topic, served as Visiting Fellow of the University of Oxford. He is a honorary Professor at the University of Innsbruck and Research Professor for Economic Policy at the Quadriga University for Applied Science in Berlin. In his spare time, he is building-up a vineyard in East Frisia, Germany's coastal region.

Carolin Schäufele, CEO & Managing Editor, SHE works!
Carolin Schäufele is the founder of “SHE works!”, the business and career magazine and platform dedicated to female entrepreneurs. The digital magazine addresses a variety of topics and niche issues relevant to female founders helping them to manage the short and long term challenges ahead. Since its founding in 2015, “SHE works!” and its quarterly e-magazine reaches up to 500,000 readers.

Andreas Schwaiger, Vice President, Managing Director Germany, Texas Instruments Deutschland GmbH
Andreas Schwaiger started his professional career at Texas Instruments (TI) in 1997, working in a variety of different roles before being appointed Managing Director of TI Germany. He is also a member of the AmCham Board of Directors, and is particularly engaged in initiatives like NextGen. Andreas Schwaiger is excited to support TI's commitment to STEM development from school through university to a career in Engineering, particularly focusing on female development in these areas. As a sponsor of TI's CSR branch in Germany, he is highly supportive of the team's efforts in STEM education, supporting local organizations and initiatives like Girl's Day. For him, TI's commitment to drive innovation and support start-up initiatives matches perfectly to the engagement with the AmCham Female Founders award.

Edith Stier-Thompson, Managing Director, news aktuell GmbH
In 1999 Edith Stier-Thompson moved from the Associated Press news agency to the dpa group. She was in charge of the sales department of dpa Picture Alliance GmbH and was appointed Managing Director in 2007. Since 2014 she has been Managing Director of news aktuell GmbH, a subsidiary of the German Press Agency dpa. She is a founding member and on the extended board of the Association of Global Women in PR Deutschland e.V. The association aim to strengthen women in communication through mentoring and networking, encouraging them to take on leadership roles.

Barbara Biemann-Bennke

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