Female Entrepreneurship in Berlin and India (FEBI)

The Female Entrepreneurship in Berlin and India project supports the development and growth of women-led companies in both regions through networking, training, and delegation trips. The project brings together female startup founders and business leaders, support institutions (such as accelerators, incubators, and NGOs), and international startup ecosystem actors for delegation trips to India and Berlin and the Program Designers’ Lab (PDL).

Both the trip to Berlin and the PDL will take place during the Asia-Pacific Week in May 2019. With conferences, workshops, expert tours, and an extensive partner program, the APW creates a forum for information, dialogue and concrete collaborations that benefit the German and Asian partners alike. PDL features a training programme matched to the specific needs of the cohort. By exchanging experiences and tools for startup success, stakeholders from the Berlin and international Asian startup scenes can expand and strengthen their international cooperation.

A further goal of the project is to augment the availability of data and knowledge about the state of startup ecosystems in two Indian cities, Bengaluru and Delhi. In order to foster entrepreneurship, a thorough understanding of a city’s strengths and areas of opportunity is critical. The project will be based on enpact’s Startup Friendliness Index, with an additional focus on indicators that affect female entrepreneurs and the success of female-led ventures. The delegation trip and training will run along-side the quantitative analysis of the cities, as well as offer an important opportunity for qualitative analysis and consultations with affected stakeholders.

The Female Entrepreneurship in Berlin and India project for women founders has been established in 2018 by the Berlin Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises in cooperation with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, supported by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) through the Bund-Länder-Pilotprogramm and is implemented by enpact e.V. as an integral part of the German-Asian startup platform and network Startup AsiaBerlin (SUAB). It is cooperating in India with the bilateral programme „Economic Empowerment of Women Entrepreneurs and Start-ups by Women”, commissioned by BMZ and implemented by GIZ, which aims to improve the conditions for women-owned companies in India.

Berlin’s Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises sets the framework for entrepreneurial activities. Furthermore, it enhances the innovative strength and export power of Berlin based companies.

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is a service provider in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development in partner countries worldwide. As a federal enterprise the main commissioning party is the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Through its regional offices in Germany, GIZ supports the cooperation between state governments and the federal government’s programmes of international cooperation. The Regional Office East in Berlin supports networking and cooperation between bilateral programmes within the field of ICT4Development and innovative digital actors in Germany and Europe.

The non-profit association enpact was founded in 2013 with the aim of empowering entrepreneurship in emerging and developing countries. enpact supports founders and startups in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East through diverse programmes, from the idea phase until global market entry. enpact academy develops trainings to foster the quality of startup support organisations, and enpact data lab measures framework conditions, such as the startup friendliness of cities and derives policy recommendations.

Project components

Delegation trip to Berlin

We invite 10 female founders to attend the Asia-Pacific conference in Berlin (13-19 May 2019) and participate in the curated program, meeting other founders from Germany, attending workshops and speaking at events.

Program Designers' Lab

A series of trainings for Indian accelerators, incubators, associations, NGOs that are either already running or would like to create programmes to support female founders.

Delegation trip to Delhi & Bangalore

We invite 10 female founders from Germany, Singapore, Indonesia, China to apply for the delegation trip to Delhi and Bangalore. You will take part in the curated program and attend the TechSparks conference.

Startup Friendliness Index

Startup Meter’s Startup Friendliness Index (SFI) is a comprehensive analysis of startup ecosystems at the city-level carried out using an indicator-based framework. Seven cities from Africa and the Middle East.