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FEMseries: FEMtrepreneurs’ Workshop Series for Early-Stage Female Founders

Updated: Apr 19, 2022

If you are a female founder based in Switzerland, register for the workshop series by April 28th.

Of all startup founders in Switzerland, only 24% are women. This is a systemic challenge that affects not only individuals but also has national repercussions, as it imposes missing opportunities for economic prosperity.

The FEMseries is FEMtrepreneurs’ program to foster more diversity and inclusion in the Swiss entrepreneurship ecosystem. The program supports female founders to build up the necessary entrepreneurship skill-set to kick-start their business in a trusting and safe environment – all free of charge! The participants of the FEMseries will take part in four interactive workshops led by industry experts with large experience & passion for female entrepreneurship and will connect with like-minded peers and a network of supporters.

The program is coordinated by the FEMtrepreneurs, the University of Basel Innovation Office initiative for gender equality in the startup ecosystem, and it is sponsored by the Swiss Federal Office for Equality of Women and Men EBG (Eidgenössisches Büro für die Gleichstellung von Frau und Mann).

Workshop dates:

May 9th, 17:30-20:00 (online), Why and Ideation Session

May 16th, 17:30-20:00 (online), Business Model Canvas

May 23rd, 17:30-20:00 (online), Funding Opportunities

May 30th, 17:30-20:00 (online), Pitching Training

FEMseries Workshop 1: Why + Ideation

Facilitated by Melanie Kovacs

What: Ideation is the process of

generating a broad set of ideas without judgment. This workshop helps you to gain an understanding of your passion & purpose and play around with ideas that will help you position your service and product around your customer’s values and needs.

When: Monday, May 9th, 17:30 - 20:00

Where: online (Zoom)

FEMseries workshop 2: Business Model

Facilitated by Aurélie Moser

What: This workshop will help founders to sketch, describe and communicate in a simple story their business ideas and create compelling products and services with customer centricity in mind.

When: Monday, May 16th, 17:30 – 20:00

Where: online (Zoom)

FEMseries workshop 3: Funding Opportunities

Facilitated by Isabelle Siegrist

What: To get from an idea to an up-and-running business one needs to invest – may this be you, family & friends, a business angel, a VC, or a community of supporters. In this workshop, you will get an understanding of the different funding opportunities, get inputs to avoid pitfalls and work hands-on to define your funding strategy and milestones.

When: Monday, May 23rd, 17:30 – 20:00

Where: online (Zoom)

FEMseries workshop 4: Pitch Training

Facilitated by Isabelle Siegrist

What: Prepare your pitch and get ready to concisely (and convincingly) tell your story in a few minutes. In this hands-on workshop, you will get ready to talk about your business with every audience – from a friend to an investor.

When: Monday, May 30th, 17:30 – 20:00

Where: online (Zoom)

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