Not all incubator and accelerator programmes are made equal. FEM-START is an intentionally inclusive programme that seeks to empower women techpreneurs to change the world. We support women-led startups, based in Europe, that focus on tech or social impact. We provide communication and confidence training as well as giving access to capital and important business tools.



We help entrepreneurs like you to thrive by providing you a safe space to build your business. We work with women of all backgrounds, regardless of race and religion. We don’t just want to get you a seat at the table, we want to help you build your own table.


Our intensive business training programme helps you to build your confidence and develop your communication skills. From pitching to financial management, you’ll learn how to communicate your value effectively to investors, with the help of a personal mentor.


We not only give you access to capital,
we also provide you with practical resources such as coworking space, networking opportunities and help marketing your business.


Here are some of the women-led startups we’ve worked with


Lotte Leufkens


“The TEDxAmsterdamWomen Startup Award trajectory was extremely instructive. First off you meet 25 other inspiring entrepreneurial women and you receive workshops and coaches during the trajectory towards the final. Because of this you are able to analyze your company from many different angles such as finance, legal and marketing.

In the following months we were able to learn a lot and bring the company further due to the experience of all of the coaches and especially of course Marian Spier.”

Diem Do


“Winning the TEDxAmsterdamWomen Startup Award in 2018 was a game changer for CodeGorilla. We were able to instantly connect with key players and big corporates. The media buzz surrounding the award helped us to gain even more traction.

For me personally, meeting the other female entrepreneurs was really inspiring and I had to commit myself to help other female entrepreneurs whenever I can and if we will all do that then many more will follow and we can be a force to be reckoned with.”

Christina Moreno


“The TEDxAmsterdamWomen Startup Award has been highly beneficial for She Matters. Not only did it give us great PR and exposure, but it also gave me a large network of like minded women who I lean on for support – both for my company and as an entrepreneur.

It’s been a crucial part of our success,
and will always be part of the She Matters’ story.”

Our Founder

As one of the leading social entrepreneurs in The Netherlands, Marian is passionate about creating positive social change and seeing women excel in business. In 2018 she was awarded a EU Business Angel Award for her work with the TEDxAmsterdam Women StartUp Awards. The award is granted to a woman who has made a positive impact in the Early Stage Investment arena. It’s also awarded to women who are inspiring role models – who have pushed for inclusivity, female empowerment, innovation and diversity.

By launching FEM-START, Marian seeks to continue this work and build a sustainable ecosystem for women-led startups in the Netherlands and Europe.


Webby Awards, 2012

Cannes Lion Awards, 2012

Inspiring Fifty 50 Women in Tech NL 2013, 2017 and 2019

Lean in EU Women Business Angels –
Best Newcomer Award 2018

Nominee Black Achievement Awards, 2018


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Got a social impact or tech startup? Our next programme starts in Spring 2020 and we’’ll start accepting applications in October 2019. Sign up to get notified when applications open.


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