17.7% - this is how low the proportion of startups in Germany founded by women was in 2021. Although this figure increased slightly compared to previous years (in 2020 it was still 15.9%), there are still particular challenges for women in the startup sector. This becomes visible, among other things, in the sources of funding for startups, as the differences are enormous, especially in the venture capital sector. A study by the Female Founder Monitor 2020 found that only 8% of invested VC capital was awarded to female teams.
A wide range of development and growth opportunities can be derived from this current state. In addition to economic growth, greater participation of women in the startup scene holds advantages in terms of product diversification and competitiveness of the startup ecosystem. Moreover, in addition to economic goals, female founders are primarily socially and ecologically committed, and thus contribute to shaping a livable future for all in their startup ventures.
But how can the above figures be changed in a sustainable way? Entrepreneurship research primarily points to potential in the areas of financing, networks and the strengthening and visibility of role models.