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Start-up BW Elevator Pitch FEMALE FOUNDERS CUP

Founders and entrepreneurs on the pitch stage: Baden-Württemberg is looking for the best start-ups and founding teams of women!

For the first time the FEMALE FOUNDERS CUP is being organized this coming spring: "Female founders and entrepreneurs make a significant contribution to the founding landscape and the economic success of Baden-Württemberg. The FEMALE FOUNDERS CUP is intended to encourage female founders and entrepreneurs to present their business ideas to the public," said the Minister of Economic Affairs. "To support female founders with the vision of starting their own business in the start-up phase is an elementary part of our country campaign Start-up BW," emphasized Dr. Hoffmeister-Kraut.

Ten female entrepreneurs and/or start-up teams present themselves on May 17, 2019 on the stage of the FEMALE FOUNDERS CUP in Stuttgart.

As part of the start-up competition 'BW Elevator Pitch', the FEMALE FOUNDERS CUP is looking for imaginative business ideas and the best founders and entrepreneurs in the country. At the FEMALE FOUNDERS CUP female founders and those who want to become one, as well as start-ups and start-up teams of women have the opportunity to present their ideas, products and services to a jury and in front of an audience within three minutes. Baden-Württemberg is the only federal state to hold a FEMALE FOUNDERS CUP as part of the 'Start-up BW' national campaign launched in 2017. In addition to feedback from designated start-up and start-up experts on the business ideas presented, start-up plans and the young companies, the participants have the chance to win a prize awarded by the L-Bank and have another appearance at the national finals where they would compete with the award winners of the Regional Cup of the start-up BW Elevator Pitch Competition Round 2018/2019 on July 4, 2019 in Karlsruhe.

Applications for the FEMALE FOUNDERS CUP until May 10, 2019 at 12:00 PM

Budding female founders, women entrepreneurs and start-up and founding teams in which at least half the members are women - from all over Baden-Württemberg can apply, collect online votes and secure one of the ten seats on the stage of the Elevator Pitch on May 17, 2019 in Stuttgart! Further information at, or or by mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Gründerinnentag Stuttgart celebrates its 20th anniversary on May 17, 2019

A worthy occasion for the organization of the first FEMALE FOUNDERS CUP in Baden-Württemberg is the annual Gründerinnentag organized by the Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK) Stuttgart together with BeFF, the contact point for women and professionals in Stuttgart. A success story that is second to none!

Just like the congress 'Stuttgart gründet' which takes place for the 5th time on the May 17, 2019 in the IHK-Haus in Stuttgart and would like to address founders and young entrepreneurs from Stuttgart and the region in order to offer them a platform for information and exchange of experience.

The sooner you apply, the higher your chances of a successful qualification and a place on the stage. If you have any questions about the Female Founders Cup, you can contact the event team by mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 07141 4881914. Spectators are welcome and registration is not required for spectators. So hurry up and apply with your business idea!

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  • University of Mannheim
  • Institut für Mittelstandsforschung
  • Gründerverbund
  • ESF
  • Europäische Union
  • Baden-Württemberg - Ministerium für Finanzen und Wirtschaft
  • Absolventum