FEM-START, here to empower YOU.

With curated educational courses, abundant resources, inspirational events and a supportive community, we're here to help you thrive and make your mark as a female entrepreneur.

Micky Chen, winner of the FEM-START Up Awards 2022, holding her flight ticket and a bouquet of flowers


This year’s edition is powered by Antler, giving you the chance to win an investment of 100.000(!) euros to start your funding journey! Pitch your start-up, meet like-minded others and win that investment!

This year the FEM-START Up Awards will take place in multiple locations to showcase as many women as we can in Eindhoven, Rotterdam and Amsterdam!

We'll give you the tools, now let's get to work


We organize events to help you learn, grow, and network, all catered to our community. Masterclasses, webinars, and the FEM-START Up Awards are waiting for you.


We care for our community. Through our platform, we release new and exclusive educational content every week. Come meet the community, filled with like-minded others.

Success stories

Anastasia Tselkovskaya
Anastasia Tselkovskaya

This is an excellent opportunity to learn how to present and practice your idea: constructive feedback and strong motivation to work further. Connecting the ideas discussed during the course with potential investors would be an excellent idea. Many motivated women are ready to develop their businesses, and helping them as a ‘startup hub’ could benefit the FEM-START company and make it more popular.

Lulu Skantze
Lulu Mazzocco Skantze

The course has been amazing. I found outstanding value. I loved the positive and enthusiastic approach. I feel empowered. I feel that the course helped me grow, and this is the first value for me. And the teacher has amazing contagious energy. Excellent conversation and a thought-provoking start. Clear message and is straight to the point. It answered many of my questions and created some more—excellent, helpful content.

Bianca Boezewinkel Rivera

FEM-START is a great way to learn about funding basics. Thank you for making this tangible program and giving us the right tools. Lets change the status quo for female entrepreneurs in NL, from 0.7% funding the only way is up!

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Join FEM-START now! Find out more about what FEM-START can mean to you. We provide educational courses on funding, nurture a growing community of female entrepreneurs and organise events all year long.

Welcome to FEM-START Up Awards, powered by Antler! Congratulations on starting your entrepreneurial journey. Sign up for our pre-selection events with TNW, Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship, and High TechXL Eindhoven to have a chance to win an investment of 100.000 euro at our finals in Amsterdam on the 3rd of November, or join us as a visitor. Get ready for an inspiring experience!


FEM-START is the FIRST platform to offer education, mentoring, and a community to bridge the funding gap for female entrepreneurs

Training programs

To support you close the next funding round

Mentors and investors

To help you access capital easier and faster

Community access

To connect with business experts and business owners

Offline events and masterclassess

To learn from our startups and top-notch experts

We guide, educate and support you through your funding process


Whether you are at the beginning of your journey or raising your first 100k in our free course you can learn more about:

  • Types of funding available
    What a good pitch looks like
  • Insights from experienced entrepreneurs
  • How to protect your intellectual property
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Are you missing out on funding opportunities? At FEM-START we help you overcome this challenge!


Get access to 20+ lessons that cover from pitching to getting your finances in order and many more. You will learn how to communicate your business value effectively in front of investors.


Mentors & Investors

Tap into the insights of more than 13 business coaches and investors supporting FEM-START fellows to create an even level playing field for female entrepreneurs like you in the startup ecosystem.


Community access

Join 500+ successful female entrepreneurs that have joined FEM-START and be a part of building a sustainable ecosystem for women-led startups around the world.

Offline events and masterclasses

The FEM-START events gather 80+ female entrepreneurs, experts, and advisors every month in the heart of Amsterdam to elevate, network, and inspire each other.

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Entrepreneurship doesn’t have to feel lonely! Meet us online, on our social media platforms and offline during our events.

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