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TUM Female Founders

Tech­ni­cal Uni­ver­si­ty of Munich (TUM) aims to fur­ther increase the num­ber of spin-offs from sci­ence. At the same time, the pro­por­ti­on of women foun­ders is to be increased signi­fi­cant­ly by 2030. TUM Fema­le Foun­ders was crea­ted for this pur­po­se. TUM Fema­le Foun­ders aims to crea­te syn­er­gies tog­e­ther with Unter­neh­mer­TUM and TUM Ven­ture Labs and pro­mo­te women in the Munich eco­sys­tem.

The initi­al situa­ti­on: In the win­ter semes­ter 2021/2022 24% of all stu­dents (bachelor’s and master’s) and 39% all doc­to­ral stu­dents at TUM were fema­le. Howe­ver, the pro­por­ti­on of fema­le foun­ders was only 11%.

In the sen­se of the cas­ca­de model and in line with the pro­por­ti­on of fema­le doc­to­ral stu­dents, this figu­re is to be increased to 39% by 2030 and to 32% in the medi­um term by 2027.

Indi­rect­ly, this should increase the num­ber of spin-offs from sci­ence.

One mea­su­re is the EXIST Women pilot pro­ject of the Fede­ral Minis­try of Eco­no­mics and Cli­ma­te Pro­tec­tion (BMWK), now for the first time at TUM. The sup­port pro­gram is aimed spe­ci­fi­cal­ly at fema­le foun­ders and fema­le entre­pre­neurs in Ger­ma­ny.

It offers finan­cial sup­port, qua­li­fi­ca­ti­on and awa­re­ness pro­grams, as well as men­to­ring to sup­port women in all pha­ses of the start-up pro­cess, from idea gene­ra­ti­on to mar­ket launch and sca­ling their busi­ness.


Dr. Katha­ri­na Owen
Pro­ject Manage­ment — Stra­te­gic Pro­jects
Diver­si­ty — Sus­taina­bi­li­ty

TUM For­Te — Office for Rese­arch and Inno­va­ti­on

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Pic­tu­re cre­dits: Astrid Eckert / TUM