An amazing start for a female entrepreneur!

Our annual Startup Award for female entrepreneurs offers promising startups the opportunity to pitch their company in front of a jury of experts, investors, advisors, and members of the press. The winner will receive expert advice from professionals for six months, have the chance to meet a myriad of potential investors and enjoy a business trip including stay to the Netherlands. Entrepreneurial women who have been working for at least a year on bringing their business idea to fruition can apply up until September 30th 2020.

FEM-START Award offers a dream start

to female entrepreneurs

“I believe that we can achieve greater impacts through partnerships and collaborations and that’s why I’m happy to take FEM-START to Nigeria alongside the Rise and Lead Women”.
Ebere Akadiri

Founder , Rise & Lead initiative

“We especially want to offer women a chance to turn their dreams and ideas into successful companies”.


Marian Spier

Founder, FEM-START

Criteria for the startups

  • World improving idea with a sustainable impact on the target group
  • Scalable business
  • A clear financial business model
  • Clear marketing model to grow from startup to scale-up
  • Can show traction, the idea is already in the market
  • You have an online presence, website, Instagram or Facebook
  • At least one female founder who should pitch
  • At least one year and a maximum of three years since you started setting up your company
  • Nigerian based business

Selection process & schedule

Date TBC: Startup Award Pitch Day
At this first pitch day, a jury will select out of all 10 candidates, 3 startups that continue to the Startup Award. During the day we also offer the candidates coaching sessions in the afternoon.

Date TBC: Startup Award Finals
D-day! The ‘Battle of the 3’ Out of the 3 startups 1 finalist will be chosen. The jury will select the winner out of these three finalists.

Location: TBC
Time: TBC

Winner prize package

  • A return ticket from Lagos to Amsterdam to attend Amsterdam Capital week including accommodation.
  • ​A personalized meeting program whilst in Amsterdam, organized by FEM-START (to make business contacts and meet potential ​investors)
  • 6 months of executive coaching

Attend the Startup Award

Are you a budding entrepreneur who is looking for inspiration and mentorship?
Or are you just generally interested in watching the events unfold? Well, you are welcome to join the event! Please note: a limited number of spaces are available, and registration is mandatory. More info on how to attend will be shared soon.

We are based in Amsterdam, NL

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