Facts are facts. As of today, only 15% of startups in Berlin are founded by women. Studies have shown that this inequality also reflects on the number and amount of funding female founders receive in the startup space. A scarcity that reflects on the number of role models as well. Less women, less funding, less role models, less women. A circle that feeds itself.

Since March 2018, The Place is actively engaged in supporting female entrepreneurs with the We Can StartUp series of event: a stage, a pitch competition with 10 hand picked & women-led startups, a fierce jury giving insightful feedback. It’s also a unique platform chance to learn more about the new practices in place to reduce this gap.

Cherry on top: At the end of the event, the winning team gets the chance to integrate in our community for free for 3 months (meaning free desks, accessing all events and mentors from our network), and receive a Female Fellowship to Founder Institute program, meaning free 3.5 months of acceleration with top notch mentors to take your business to the new level.

The Place Berlin & Tech Open Air Satellites partner with Founder Institute and the German Startup Association to give YOU the opportunity to network around the topic and pick the brains of a few of Berlin’s top experts by hosting a short panel discussion followed by Q&A with the audience. Join us with all your questions for an evening of learning, discussion and debate!


Calling all female entrepreneurs!

This is a chance to pitch your idea in front an incredible crowd: media, talents, potential investors, curious minds that will challenge you to push forward. Please submit your pitch deck to hallo@theplaceberlin.com with the title “We Can Startup Submission” before June 20th.

10 teams will be selected to pitch on stage. This edition is open to all verticals; however we’ll invite on stage only teams seed to early stage with a developed idea and who can demonstrate they’ve proven their product market-fit.

Jury will be announced soon.


About us:

The Place is an international startup hub—a stimulating 1000 square meter space within a former printing house. In a garage-style atmosphere with 7-meter vaulted ceilings and tons of natural light, we’re well positioned to bring in a new breed of founders and young companies. Startups are the spark that lights the engine of The Place. OttonovaGrover and relayr are just a few examples of our members that have attracted tens of millions in investment capital. We’ve seen success stories and startups growing big—raising rounds, going public, making exits, and gaining huge experience.

Founder Institute is a  pre-seed startup accelerator designed for pre-seed stage startup, including aspiring founders with a full-time job, solo founders, teams, and founders of established companies that are pre-funding. Since 2009, we have helped over 3,500 companies raise over $800M and build some of the world’s fastest growing companies. Based in Silicon Valley and with chapters across 65 countries, the Founder Institute’s mission is to “Globalize Silicon Valley” and empower talented and motivated people to build impactful companies that create one million jobs.

The German Startup Association is the representative of startups in Germany. Our unique bottom up approach is reflected in all that we do. Headquartered in Berlin with fourteen regional representations, we are constantly growing. Bringing together more than 1000 members from various sectors and in all stages to create synergies between old and new economy.

We Can Start Up and Start Alliance are joining forces and are happy to invite you to We Can Start Up meets Start Alliance Demo Day at The Place, March 28th!

Start Alliance Berlin is back with a program dedicated to #femalefounders!

The batch will be taking place from March 18th – 28th. We are happy to welcome Startups from our partner cities WARSAW, NEW YORK, LONDON, PARIS, DUBAI, SHANGHAI, TEL AVIV, BEIJING and VIENNA. They all are interested in expanding their business to Germany via BERLIN.

Our fellow founders will be working hard during these two weeks! Come, join us, get to know them and learn more about the program outputs!

We Can Start Up! is a pitch competition destined to empower female founders in the Berlin Tech Startup scene.


18:00 Open Doors

18:30 Welcome + Keynote

19:00 Introduction to the jury + Startup Pitches

20:00 Announcing of Pitch-Winners & Networking


Nandi Scherbl – Signals VC

Isabelle Canu – Coparion

Fabian Leipelt – WestTech Ventures

Daniel Höpfner and/or Henri Kühnert – b10

Mali Baum – W-Lounge