Female Founder Award
The Female Founder Award was launched in 2019 by Handelsblatt and McKinsey because female founders are still glaringly underrepresented in the start-up scene, especially among start-ups in the tech sector. With the Female Founder Award, we want to support the many inspiring female start-up founders from the tech sector, give them the recognition they deserve and provide them with a stage as role models for other women. In this way, we want to encourage more women to take the step of founding a company.
We are looking for an inspiring female founder who convinces as a digital pioneer with personal commitment and entrepreneurial success. A woman who moves society and the start-up scene with her voice and receives more media attention through the Female Founder Award and encourages her in her endeavours. An established female entrepreneur who stands as a role model for the next generation of the female founder scene and uses The Spark platform to pave the way for more female founders.
The finalists of 2021
The Female Founder Award 2021 was conferred to Katharina Jünger (TeleClinic). Katharina Jünger founded TeleClinic, which is considered a pioneering company in establishing telemedicine in Germany. To date, TeleClinic has treated 600,000+ patients and enabled 200,000+ examinations. Katharina Jünger inspires the female startup scene by ensuring work-life balance in her own company and investing in female-led companies herself as an angel investor. Second place and third place were taken by Mengting Gao (Kitchen Stories) and Veronika Riederle (Demodesk).
The finalists of 2020
Katharina Kreitz (Vectoflow) was named Female Founder 2020. Katharina Kreitz founded Vectoflow together with fellow students after her studies in aerospace engineering at the TU Munich. Vectoflow manufactures 3D printing probes to such a high standard that they are even suitable for a space application. She is a role model for many girls with STEM backgrounds due to her unique engineering and entrepreneurial skills and is regularly involved in bringing technical and scientific topics to young women. Second place was taken by Catharina van Delden (innosabi) and Verena Pausder (Digitale Bildung für Alle e.V.). Third place went to Lea-Sophie Cramer (Amorelie).
Catharina VAN delden
Digitale Bildung für Alle e.V.
The finalists of 2019
The first Female Founder Award in 2019 went to Anna Iarotska (Robo Wunderkind). With her company Robo Wunderkind, Anna Iarotska, as CEO and co-founder, promotes the active use of technology by children. She wants to encourage young women to help shape the future through digital curiosity and supports them in founding companies. Second and third places were taken by Darja Gutnick (Bunch) and Laura Tönnies (Corrux).
DR. DARJA GUTNICK