Female Founders Force 2019

The Grand Finals & Female Founder Fest

Curious to see all this international entrepreneurial talent?
Looking to diversify your portfolio with more women-led companies?
Always interested to meet more like-minded founders?

Attend the Grand Finals of the Female Founder Force Program on December 19 in Amsterdam and meet inspiring founders and investors. Learn who will win this year’s #FFF Program and get inspired by our keynote speakers and panel:


Program December 19

14:30-15:00 Registration
15:00-15:30 Opening by Felice van der Sandt – moderator & Rixt Herklots – The Next Women
15:30-16:00 Keynote by Claudia Zuiderwijk – Director Dutch Chamber of Commerce
16:00-17:25 Time to pitch
17:25-18:00 Founder Fireside Chat
18:00-18:20 Keynote by Minister Kaag
18:20-18:30 Announcement of the winner by Minister Kaag
18:30-20:00 Female Founder Fest | Networking & Drinks


Hearst HQ Amsterdam
Moermanskkade 500
1013 BC Amsterdam


Reach out to the Rixt Herklots at rixt@thenextwomen.com


How to get there

From Amsterdam Central station:

– Line 48 or 248 in the direction of Koivistokade
Option 1: Get out at stop Koivistokade (5min walk to Hearst).
Option 2: Get out at stop Haparandaweg (6min walk to Heast).

Location of the busses
The Busses are situated at the IJ-side (back-side) of the station. There you can find escalators which will bring you to the right bus platform.

By car – Ring of Amsterdam A10
– Take exit S102 (direction of ‘centrum’), after a railway viaduct this road continues as the S101.
– Turn left on the crossing ‘Archangelweg’ (before entering the tunnel), in the directions of ‘Havens 2000-2200’.
– Follow the Archangelweg/kade until the road takes a 70degree turn to the right, here you turn left to the Moermanskkade.

Parking: Parking at Hearst is not possible
– Mobypark – Houthaven – Parking: Rigakade 10, 1013 BC Amsterdam (7min walk)
– Parking garage Minerva: Koivistokade 36, 1013 BB Amsterdam (8min walk)

Female Founders Force Buenos Aires

Winner: NINA Cookies

NINA Cookies aims to provide an alternative healthy snack, inspired by Argentina’s child obesity epidemic.


Female Founders Force - Lisbon

Winner: ProductBuilder.ai

Belgium-bases SaaS company providing a rapid prototyping coding framework for easier and faster idea-to-software creation. Also provides CTO-as-a-service.


Female Founders Force - Tel Aviv

Winner: SenseIT

SenseIT is a functional testing tool for web accesibility. It offers a web testing tool for web accessibility compliance, usability and functionality for public and private sector organisations using web and mobile applications.


Female Founders Force - Amsterdam

Winner: Max’s Mints & WeAreFriends

Max’s Mints are ‘future-proof’ sustainable, organic, 100% natural, vegan and alleren free mints available in The Netherlands and internationally.

WeAreFriends is an app which aims to help people with developmental disabilities create friendships. Based on common interests, at a pace that suits the individual. It aims to create a pleasant and safe opportunity to meet new friends across disabilities, mobility, way of living and work.


Female Founders Force - Tunis

Winner: Sghartoon

Sghartoon is a mobile education platform aimed at creating a novel learning environment for children with dyslexia.

Elevating female founders to success

With TheNextWomen Female Founder Force Program women invest in women. Our program is designed for early-stage startups to gain exposure, valuable feedback and meaningful connections. Over 200 women-led startups apply, pitch, and train to become this year’s number 1. The last finalists Printr, Vastari, Plugify, Endeer and MT Art raised between €500K and €1M funding within 9 months after winning the competition.

With this 7th edition of our sourcing program, we’re supporting female entrepreneurship worldwide, in collaboration with a variety of Embassies of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, EY, Hearst Netherlands, KLM and StartupAmsterdam. #FemaleFoundersForce2019 calls for all ambitious women-led startups ready to grow their business to the next level.

Who can apply?

1. At least one of the company’s founders is female
2. Your business(plan) made >€20.000 last year*
3. Your startup is between 1 and 3 years old
4. Your business has at least 2 FTE
5. You are looking for funding
*Note: €50.000 per year for the program in Lisbon

The winner will receive…

> An EY Growth Navigator in your country
> A full year TheNextWomen membership
> A chance to pitch for a place at Hearst Lab in Amsterdam
> All local winners receive a unique business tour to Amsterdam leading up to the Grand Final (December 18, 19 & 20).

Save the dates!

> Buenos Aires: October 7 & 8
> Lisbon: November 5 & 6
> Tel Aviv: November 11 & 12
> Amsterdam: November 27 & 28
> Grand Finals Amsterdam: December 19

Terms & Conditions

Please find the terms and conditions of the 2019 edition of the program here.
*We ask a €199,- fee when you’re selected for the semi-finals to cover the costs of the Academy Day.

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