Join us on 10 June 2021 at 13:00 – 15:00 CET/ 16:30 – 18:30 IST to listen to the voices of Indian women leaders who will tell us about their experiences as entrepreneurs who successfully made the leap into the Berlin ecosystem.
The global pandemic has sent shockwaves through the startup ecosystem, particularly in areas like gender parity. PitchBook reports that in 2020 the average size of a VC deal for all-women teams stood at $6.8 million; this is almost less than for all-male teams who received on average $18.7 million. As it struggles with the second wave of the pandemic; the situation in India is no different. India’s women entrepreneurs are more vulnerable than ever before. Female-helmed enterprises have experienced a decline of around 66% in sales. Additionally, female businesses have experienced a 24% drop in investments (compared with 2019 levels).
At Female Entrepreneurship in Berlin and India (FEBI), we aim to support women-led startups from India as they expand to Berlin. We are focused on contributing to their growth in as many ways as possible, including facilitating investment opportunities.
For our upcoming AsiaBerlin event, we will be holding panel discussions with investors and startups. We’ll be hearing from experts on empowering female entrepreneurship – looking at central areas like ecosystem support and investor networks. We’ll be joined by three leading female founders who will tell us about their experiences as entrepreneurs who successfully made the leap into the Berlin market!
Simran Kaur is the founder of Power Women, she is an innovation and marketing professional and an entrepreneur, mentor and women’s champion. She is an Ambassador at Girls X Tech, Advisor at Loyal VC and Mentor at Founders Institute. Simran was GCC’s 50 Women Leaders (2016) and was featured in the book, BalanceForBetter supported by the UN. She has spent half her career building and leading product development, primarily in the Health-tech space. Simran has an MBA from INSEAD and is the former President of the INSEAD Alumni Association, UAE. She has worked across corporates and startups in Germany, Singapore and the UAE and taught as guest faculty at prestigious universities.
Mali M Baum is the founder & CEO of W Lounge and MAGDA GROUP. She is also co-Founder of Wi (Women’s Influencer) network. Mali is one of the people shaping the future of female founders and opportunities at the startup ecosystems in Berlin and other parts of Germany. Recently announced raising a new fund of funds, Magda Group FoF in Berlin with focusing on EU technology and diverse team, for building more success stories and uplifting the tech ecosystem in Europe and beyond, Mali has 20 years’ experience in founding companies.
Jugnu Jain is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Sapien Biosciences and CEO at Sapien Biosciences & Saarum Sciences. She is a molecular geneticist and cell biologist by training. As a PHd scholar and post-doctorate researcher, her area of research was cytokine gene regulation. Her start-up, founded in 2012, is a bio bank or a repository of patient samples. These samples, which can be tissues, blood, urine or other body parts and fluids, are used for research to find better drugs and cures for diseases as researchers can gather molecular data from human bio-specimens to gain great insight into the genetic and molecular basis of diseases.
Sowmya Thyagarajan is the founder of Foviatech, she came to Hamburg in 2016 to do a PhD in aviation engineering. But academia proved too slow for her entrepreneurial spirit and she had already become interested in optimizing day-to-day processes in aviation. She launched Foviatech in 2018 which concentrates on maximizing efficiency in the transportation and healthcare sectors through integrated smart tech, such as artificial intelligence and graphene technology (a heat-resistant, flexible material). Foviatech’s software aids process optimization and provides virtual assistance for planes and other transportation systems.
Tanya Sharma is the founder of Wonderpath. She ventured into entrepreneurship as the co-founder of Hilo Stories, a sustainable fashion venture which was a part of the EWorks accelerator program and was selected to participate at the 4YFN forum at the Mobile World Congress 2018. In 2018 she joined Babbel as Entrepreneur In Residence and then as Senior Product Marketing Manager. In April 2021, she co-founded Wonderpath as the next-generation feedback software that makes feedback actionable, continuous, and human. At Wonderpath, they envision a workplace where people can help each other grow, communicate openly, and are valued for their unique strengths.
Tina Nayak is the founder of Useristics. She is a growth consultant and an advisor for tech startups. She has formerly worked with companies such as Babbel, Preply and Twitter India. With over 14 years of international experience across Europe and India, Tina has helped several tech startups in building and scaling their businesses.
FEBI is a part of the Berlin initiative to promote Asian-European regions. It aims to strengthen and develop companies run by women through networking, training and delegation trips. The focus is on the use of start-up ecosystems by women-run companies in Berlin and India.