Female Founders Initiative

Coaching, mentoring and know-how from women for women on their way to their own business

Attention, Ladies: You’ve got a great business idea, but you don’t dare to put it into practice (yet)? You haven’t got a specific idea yet, but you can imagine being a future entrepreneur? Then you’ve come to the right place. In workshops and seminars with experts you can develop your business ideas, discuss business issues from the women’s perspective, define your female leadership personality and extend your business network. Together with a personal startup coach and a mentor you’ll work on your business pitch while you get to know other interesting women and their ideas.


Target group

  • Women with interest in starting their own business

Program requirements

  • Female student, female research associate or alumna of a university
  • Business has not been founded yet
  • Intention to found the business in the Free State of Saxony

Start of the program

  • Each October and April


  • The European Social Fund and the Free State of Saxony


  • Free of charge


  • 6 months

Female mentors

  • Based on your ideas and your subject we are looking for matching mentors


We master challenges together

Know-how: The focus of our seminars is on “female” challenges during the startup process. Do women solve problems in a different way? How can women convince their audience during a company presentation or successfully negotiate with customers and suppliers? How is it possible to reconcile family, company and leisure?

Coaching: Together, we analyze your current status in the startup process, as well as your personal strengths and weaknesses as a businesswoman. We develop a concrete action plan specifying your next steps until founding your own business. We will give you feedback on your business model, which you can pitch in front of the mentors at the end of the program.

Mentoring: Besides entrepreneurial competence and knowledge about business management, market know-how and closeness to your customers are important success factors. Therefore, each participant will be supported by a mentor from the practical side who can provide you with important tips and tricks when starting an own company.


There will be around 15 workshops each semester, ranging from awareness raising and personal development to exploring various marketing opportunities and developing your business model as well as your pitch deck. Apply today to become part of the next Female Founders Class and (further) develop your idea on this basis.

To enable a broad participation, the formats will be closely aligned with the lecturers and the participants at the beginning of each class and can thus take place digitally, on-site or hybrid. Attendance of at least 80% of the events, which usually take place all day, is required to become part of the next class and to receive a certificate of completion. Corresponding information will be sent to you after the application.

Apply now

Register today and join the Female Founders Initiative!

You have a business idea, but haven’t taken the risk to turn it into reality until now? You do not have an idea yet, but you can imagine starting your own business? Then don’t miss your chance to get one step closer to your own startup. Register now for one of the maximum of 12 places. Please send an e-mail to gruenderinnen@hhl.de.

Please let us know some details about your professional and academic background and what kind of idea you have, if you already have one. We are looking forward to meeting you!

Matchmaking of the 10th Female Founders Class

Become a Mentor

Your experience and your know-how make the difference

You already established a company or you are a successful manager? You like to share your knowledge? You are always looking for new contacts and exciting ideas? Then we like to get to know you and to welcome you as a new voluntary mentor for our program. Please contact gruenderinnen@hhl.de for more information. We are looking forward to hearing from you!

Workshop Impressions


The Female Founders Initiative is part of the Founding Network Leipzig, which sees itself as a cooperative partnership founding initiatives in Leipzig and the surrounding region. The Initiative is supported by the European Union, the European Social Fund and the Free State of Saxony.