To celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8, we have selected 7 amazing female founders from our accelerator programs to tell their impressive stories.
Fabiola Munguia, Co-Founder requestee
Checking your own software or app for vulnerabilities is essential for digital business models. Together with her co-founder Grigory Emelianov, Fabiola Munguia founded the startup requestee in order to facilitate safe and professional access to pentests for companies. As a B2B market space for pentests, requestee enables customers to find ethical hackers to test their software or apps for flaws and weak spots. 26-year-old Fabiola originally hails from San Salvador and graduated from the Technical University in Munich with a master’s degree in Management and Technology.
Hanna Marie Asmussen, Co-Founder & CEO Localyze
Hanna Marie Asmussen knows what it means to be on the road a lot. She studied industrial engineering, worked in consulting and in renewable energy development around the world. The challenges she experienced living abroad and constantly moving gave her the idea for her startup Localyze. Together with her co-founders Lisa Dahlke and Franziska Löw, she successfully supports companies and individuals with relocation and the challenges it brings. Hanna’s advice for other founders? “I think it’s crucial, especially for first-time founders, to get experience from people who have faced similar challenges and made similar experiences.”
Maria Sievert, Founder & Managing Partner Inveox
Maria Sievert graduated from the Technical University Munich with a degree in Engineering Management. Before founding Inveox together with her husband Dominik Sievert in 2017, Maria spent time in the US and South America for research projects followed by a position as Project Manager in innovation management. Her startup Inveox develops systems to automate, digitize, and connect pathology labs, thus reducing the number of misdiagnoses. In her role as Managing Partner, Maria is responsible for business development, strategic partnerships, and business operations.
Hanne Horwath, Co-Founder & VP Business Development HelloBetter
After graduating, psychologist Dr. Hanne Horvath worked for an EU research project at Leuphana University Lüneburg, where she met Dr. Elena Heber and Prof. Dr. David Ebert, with whom she founded the GET.ON Institute for Online Health Training in 2015. Their product, the online platform HelloBetter, offers training and therapy for people suffering from psychological problems, such as depression, alcohol abuse, or sleep issues. The innovative concept makes this Berlin-based startup a pioneer in the area of digital mental health research.
Michaela Hagemann, Founder & Managing Director das boep
Michaela Hagemann studied medicine with the career aspiration of becoming a pediatrician, until her plans changed with the birth of her daughter in 2014. She discovered a gap in the market for natural, good-smelling baby care products and founded her startup das boep. Today, she is a full-time entrepreneur, has two daughters and was named to Forbes magazine’s European “30 under 30” list.
Zarah Bruhn, Founder & Managing Director Socialbee
When Zarah Bruhn worked in a cleantech venture capital, she became passionate about how economic ideas and green technologies can create a sustainable impact. A friendship with a refugee woman from Syria then provided the impetus for the founding of her startup Socialbee. As a social startup, Socialbee enables low-skilled refugees to have a chance at permanent employment, financial independence, and integration. Through non-profit temporary employment, Socialbee builds a bridge between employers looking for employees and motivated refugees and assumes the risks, bureaucratic effort, and costs for a structured one-year integration program with the goal of subsequent employment in the company.
Katharina Kreitz, Co-Founder Vectoflow
Katharina Kreitz studied mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Munich, specializing in aeronautical, gas and space technology, and worked for NASA, Airbus Space and Defense, BMW and Lufthansa Technik. It was while sitting in a wind tunnel with her future co-founder Christian Haigermoser that the idea for their joint startup Vectoflow was born. Since 2015, the company has been developing fluid-dynamic measuring devices that are used not only by carmakers, but also in Formula 1 and space travel.
Read more about female entrepreneurship on our German Accelerator blog, where we have compiled exciting facts & figures around #fempreneurs.