Why You Should Attend
The Geekettes are organizing their first European Demo Day on June 6th, 2014. The event, in cooperation with 500 Startups and sponsored by Google & Hub:raum, aims to support more women in their investment pitch training and to eventually fund more female-led startups. 10 startup founders will be selected after our screening process and will be given the exciting opportunity of pitching in front of a room of VCs, angels and investors. The event is open to the public; however seats are limited.
Message of Greeting
by Sigmar Gabriel, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, for Geekettes Demo Day
Women win in the classroom, but struggle in the boardroom?
– The Geekettes DEMO DAY demonstrates precisely the opposite.
Women take the initiative and create their own businesses. They are founders. Builders. Visionaries. And eager to use high-tech to help shape our future.
As Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy I strongly support the Geekettes DEMO DAY. Not only does this event give women a platform to present their visions and business concepts – it also brings them together with venture capitalists, business angels and investors.
Financing is essential – visions and ideas will not become marketable goods and services without financial backing. Studies prove that the percentage of early-stage equity financing to women-led businesses is still small. This means that a lot of women’s solutions for the challenges facing the whole of society are nipped in the bud.
Clearly, we need to improve women’s access to finance to tap their full potential. Their intellectual and economic contributions are crucial for Germany’s economic growth. I therefore call upon investors and the financial sector to open their eyes to good, marketable ideas and innovations from women, and to give women-led companies equal opportunities.
We can make a start on this today at the Geekettes DEMO DAY. I am sure it won’t be the last such event, and hope it will spark off many other initiatives.
I wish everyone a successful event! Get inspired!
Confirmed VCs, Angels and Accelerators
McKinsey & Company Coaching Package + Tickets to Berlin Web Events/Conferences by Projekt Zukunft
- A "Coaching-Package" offered by McKinsey & Company including 1x individual coaching and review of business plan and 2x one-to-team meetings with a McKinsey & Company executive/associate.
- 2 tickets for web events/conference tickets in Berlin sponsored by Projekt Zukunft of Berlin's Senate Department for Economics, Technology and Research.
Second Prize + Third Prize
McKinsey & Company Coaching Package
The two runner-up teams will each receive a "Coaching-Package" offered by McKinsey & Company including review of business plan and 2x one-to-team meetings with a McKinsey & Company executive/associate.
Public Vote Prize
Google - Berlin
Up to $20,000 total credit for Google App Engine or the other listed Google Cloud Platform products, or a combination of both. The credits will cover Google App Engine, Google Cloud Storage, Google BigQuery, Google Cloud SQL, Google Translate, Prediction API, Google Compute Engine.
Wild Card Prize
Lange Nacht der Startups
The Lange Nacht der Startups (LNdS) is a unique event for the Berlin startup scene. An event that is opened up to the general public so they can take a look behind the scenes and discover new products from the European tech startup world. One lucky winner will be able to present in front of a large audience on September 6th, 2014 at Deutsche Telekom's Berlin Representative Office, Französische Str. 33 a-c, 10117 Berlin.
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12:00 Welcome by Google + Geekettes
12:10 Opening Talk by Brigitte Zypries, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
12:20 Keynote by Kerstin Günther, Technology Director Europe, Deutsche Telekom
12:40 Panel Discussion with Bedy Yang, Lina Chong, Sofia Hmich, Jess Erickson
13:40 Lunch Break
14:45 Cheryl Miller, Founder and Executive Director of the Digital Leadership Institute
15:00 Pitches + Votes + Award Ceremony
Judges include: Sofia Hmich (Index Ventures), Simon Schmincke (Earlybird), Bedy Yang (500 Startups), Dr. Sebastian Muschter (Principal, Regional Office Manager Berlin, McKinsey & Company)
17:30 Meet the teams: Private reception hosted at Dentons Law Firm (for investors and startup teams only).
The demo day will be hosted by Google.
Unter den Linden 14
Our day will conclude with a private rooftop reception for investors and the startups teams, hosted by Dentons.
Application for Entrepreneurs
Thanks to everyone who has applied! We have closed the applications and the participating startups have been informed. We're looking forward to seeing you all in June!