Accelerator Program 

GROW F

Accelerating Female-Led Ventures that Shape the World of Tomorrow

Our three-month program aims to kickstart highly innovative and scalable female-led ventures. This accelerator program focuses on startup development, founder development and one-on-one support. Check it out!

What we

Offer

Tailor-made Program

Make it yours. We bring the experts, you work on YOUR venture.

Mentors & Experts

A dedicated mentor throughout the program and access to international experts

Corporate Sparring Partners

Invaluable insights and hands on knowledge gained through the corporate & start-up matching

Supportive Community

Create a meaningful network for life through like-minded peers and future partners.

 

What you need

to apply

MVP

A startup with an existing MVP or prototype and a solid business model.

Committed

Full commitment to both in person and online session in the 3-month program 

Start UP

A business model that is highly innovative, digital and scalable  

Goal-Driven

Determined to secure funding or launch in new markets through    Grow F  

Diverse Team

At least one female founding member with equal shares

Kick-Ass

We expect you to be proactive, passionate and supportive to fit with our values 

“I was blown away from day one about the diversity and quality of the participants of the program. The same can be said about the mentors and the experts involved. It really helped me to grow my company faster”

Nienke Budde | CEO & Founder Zezame

Our Mentors

Mentors are people who are by your side for the whole 3-month program. We match you with the right person for you biggest goals and challenges.

Carly Hulls

TourRadar

Carly is a founding team member of TourRadar and led their global customer support & sales team through rapid scaling. She’s an expert for the travel industry and scaling sales and customer support teams & processes for 24/7 service globally.

Georg Hauer

N26

Georg is General Manager DACH for N26, the mobile bank. In addition, he leads the business development for N26 in Germany.  Before that he was General Manager at Uber and management consultant at The Boston Consulting Group.

Mirjam Techt

Speedinvest

Mirjam is Associate Partner at Speedinvest in Vienna, after working for Adevinta in Barcelona. She is a marketplaces enthusiast and especially interested in mentoring startups in this field.

Stefan Haubner

Apex Ventures

Stefan is co-founder and managing partner of the investment fund APEX Ventures. In addition to his role as an investment manager, he is also responsible for fund operations, risk management and reporting. The active business angel is also an expert in governmental cyber security.

Chris Miess

Blockchain Expert

Chris has worked as an investment banker for Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs after graduating from LSE and YALE University. After that, he became CFO of Singapore Blockchain Start Ups TenX, where he led their seed round and their USD 80 million ICO.

Carolin Zrinyi

 Boutiquetravellers

After more than 12 years as Chief Executive in a leading digital agency Carolin started her own company, cbeyond ventures. Besies supporting startups she is also co-founder of her own ventures: Boutiquetravellers & The Natural Born.

Thomas Schranz

Lemmings.io

Thomas is a software engineer who turned into a product manager. He is Into video games, hackathons and user experience design. He can support you with his outstanding skills to challenge your business model.

Thomas Rosenmayer

Speedinvest Pirates

Entrepreneur interested in strategic product modelling, corporate communication and how to grow startups.
Founder at Speedinvest Pirates as well as founder and chairman of nexxar. Currently growing with MindsDB, wefox and Sunlight.
 

Rainhard Fuchs

Austrian Digitalisation Agency

Rainhard is leading the international relations at the Austrian Digitalisation Agency. His vision is to bring startup-innovation into the public sector. He organised several GovTech events in Asia, America and Europe. Rainhard also has a legal background.

Camilla Sievers

Media Group RTL

After building her own food tech startup “treats”, Camilla decided it was time for a new challenge: TV and media planning for startups. She is expert at business model validation, sales & business development and strategy. 

Hannes Aigner

Bloom Diagnostics

Hannes is currently CMO of the healthtech startup bloom diagnostics. Before Hannes has worked with the Austrian piano manufacturer Bösendorfer, and the Finnish fintech startup Holvi.

Thomas Walbert

Innovation & Change Manager

Thomas works for corporations, investors and start-up accelerators as consultant and as a mentor for international start-up programs with a focus on (digital) health.

Daniel Strieder

Cashpresso

Daniel is CEO & Co-Founder of one of Austrias most sucessful FinTech Startups: Cashpresso. He has a long history in FinTech and is especially interested in mentoring startups from this area.

Our Experts

Experts are contributing in person to our program. They spend one unit in the program sharing their knowledge and resources with you.

Florence Aretz

Adevinta, Barcelona

Florence is investment director at Adevinta in Barcelona. She has previous experience in Investment Banking in London and Hong Kong and in Corporate strategy. She is French and looking for marketplaces investment opportunities throughout Europe. 

Ines Streimelweger

Crendum, Berlin

Ines is investment manager at Creandum in Berlin. This fund invested amongst other firms in successes like Spotify. She has a long history in VC building digital ventures for BCG and Rocket Internet before. 

Armin Strbac

Shpock, Vienna

Armin has successfully launched and scaled the fleamarket app Shpock to more than 70 employees until selling the startup to Schibsted in 2017. Now he is an active business angel with an international view.

Susanne Birgersdotter

Swedish Founder

Susanne is a successful entrepreneur who started her journey in the comfort of her own home. She has had fails, challenges and success on her way. Today, she is the founder of multiple companies and apps including IGOTCHA, Stockholm App Lab, SBDM invest and Birgersdotter Innovate.

Rebecca Vogels

All Of The Above

Rebecca Vogels is founder and CEO of All of the Above, a Brand and Story Consulting Agency based in Vienna. Rebecca lived in the US for many years, including working for some time in San Francisco. She is a storytelling expert, Forbes contributor as well as among the “most influential women in tech”.

Verena Mai

Cashpresso

Verena has co-founded UNIspotter, an Edtech company. Now she is supporting Startups in growth phases with a focus on b2b sales & Marketing as well as organizational development.

Hansi Hansmann

Business Angel

Hansi is one of Austria’s most successful business angels with several multi-million euro exits like Shpock, Runtastic and mySugr. He was awarded “Best European Early Stage Investor 2015”.

Katharina Iten

Wille Finance AG, Zurich

After co-founding and building her HR-tech startup, Katharina decided to join the multi-family office Wille Finance AG where she is in charge of PE and VC investments with a focus on Digital Media. Her aim is to support and encourage other female founders with her own experience, expertise and lessons learned along the way. 

Julia Morrongiello

PointNineCapital, Berlin

Julia is an investor at Point Nine Capital, an early stage fund based in Berlin. She spends most of her time trying to find amazing startups with a focus on marketplaces, saas and crypto and also supports portfolio companies throughout their journey.

Yvonne Sammer

Moderator & Speaker Coach

Yvonne is experienced moderator and speakers coach. Her focus lies on storytelling and the skill of being remembered through your introduction.

Florian Kandler

GetFunding.How

Florian Kandler, PhD is a serial entrepreneur from Vienna. Two of his own startups have raised several million Euros from Angels and VCs in Europe and the USA, including Oliver Samwer (Rocket Internet). He lived in Copenhagen, Munich and Silicon Valley – and currently in Vienna. Via his platform GetFunding.how, Florian has coached dozens of startup founders.

Eva Arh

capital300

Eva is a Principal at capital300, a leading European venture capital fund that invests together with international top VCs. Previously she was with Austria’s biggest high-tech incubator, leading activities related to fundraising & internationalisation. She has also served as a CFO and Investor Relations manager in tech startups.

Tina Deutsch

Founder Klaiton 

Tina is co-founder of Klaiton (now sold to Haufe Advisory). She has a background in change management and consulting. 

Ruben Knitter

capital300

European Series A Venture Capital investor in software and technology. Passionate about building: From people over my skills to companies.

Charlotte Paech

Speedinvest Heroes

Charlotte is senior partner at the Speedinvest Heroes Consulting GmbH. She is passionate about all questions “team & hiring” in startups.

Christoph Schwarz

Growth Coach

Passion for the StartUp ecosystem & sport. Skilled in personal growth training, personal coaching, new leadership, new work, organizational & team development

Dieter Rappold

Speedinvest Pirates

Dieter founded one of the most successful Digital Agencies in Austria with knallgrau (later Virtual Identity) in 2001 and scaled it to +50 employees as part of an independent Agency with +180 employees and +21m in annual revenue. Thus he has over 17 years of experience working with large Brands like as Coca-Cola, Heineken, BMW, Opel, Telefonica, HVB and others on international Web Projects and digital strategies.

Pooja Ahluwalia

TheVentury

After having worked in the music industry for Universal Music & Sony for 5 years, Pooja felt like she needed to change her direction and entered the world of startups. Pooja found a new challenge at TheVentury where she joined as a Growth Hacker. In the previous two years, she has been working with various Austrian and international Startups, passing on the growth mindset and helping them find the right marketing channels and strategy. 

Lukas Puspök

PUSH Ventures

Lukas has a background in renewable energies and is an active business angel with a slight focus on healthtech.

Barbara Aschermayer

TourRadar

Heading up a team of 7 Performance Specialists and Professionals, managing paid user acquisition through Google Ads, Google Display Network, Youtube Ads, Gmail Ads, Bing/Microsoft Ads and Affiliate Marketing as well as Facebook/Instagram/Twitter ads across all English speaking markets.
Strategic responsibilities for planning and budgeting.

Arnaud Bakker

Speedinvest 

Arnaud has gained professional experience at J.P. Morgan both in corporate banking and investment banking in the healthcare sector, in Amsterdam and London respectively, before joining Speedinvest as an Associate in the pre-seed team. With a growing interest in entrepreneurship and startups, he decided to apply his experience and knowledge to support founders to grow their business.

Timeline Grow F Batch #3

  • Application Deadline

    Application Deadline for Batch #3

  • Selection Notification

    A jury selects the final round of startups. After individual calls you are getting selection notifications.

  • First Meetup

    3 Day Kick-Off Meeting in Vienna.

    We are working together, meeting with mentors, having workshops and expert sessions.

  • Individual Support

    1-on-1 Support, Coaching & Individual Intros

  • Individual Support

    1-on-1 Support, Coaching & Individual Intros

  • Second Meetup

    Second Meetup in Vienna.

    Again, focus lies on working together and getting external input for your business and personal development.

  • Last Meetup & Demo Day

    Last Meetup & Demo Day in Vienna.

    Present your call to action in front of a selected group of investors.

Our Partners

Without our service partners this program would not be possible! A big thank you to each and everyone of them:

aws Jumpstart

Jumpstart by the aws is supporting this program and enables us to offer these services for free. What is more, your participation at Grow F enables you to apply for follow-on funding by them.

Herbst Kinsky

Herbst Kinsky offers 2 hours of free legal advice for all startups in the Grow F accelerator. They have vast experience in sorting legal issues for startups and have an international network.

WU Gründungszentrum

WU Gründungszentrum supports young entrepreneurs of the Vienna Business University and is a close partner of Female Founders and Grow F.

Vienna Business Agency

The agency is our great partner on a city level. They will make sure that startups get out the most of the regional ecosystem and will make sure you meet everyone you need to meet in world’s most liveable city.

Ecovis taxes

Our partners from Ecovis offer 5 hours of free tax advise for all startups in the Grow F program. They are specialised in taxes for startups and have an international network of advisors behind them.

Google Cloud

We are an official partner of the GoogleCloud Platform for Startups Program. They offer the startups of Grow F their Start package which includes $3K in credits.

Hubspot

Hubspot is an extensive CRM and marketing software and offers substantial discount for our Grow F cohort.

Stripe Payments

As Stripe Payments is a partner of our accelerator program, our cohort benefits of substantial price cuts on all their services. 

 

The Base

The Base is not only one of the most beautiful co-working spaces in Vienna, but also our dear location partner for the accelerator.

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