Female Founders Force 2019

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 18, 19 & 20

Terms & Conditions

Please find the terms and conditions of the 2019 edition of the program here.

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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 over 150 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
15:00-15:15 Opening by Rixt Herklots – The Next Women
15:15 -15:30 Welcome by Marscha Krouwel – Hearstlab
15:30-16:00 Keynote T.B.A.
16:00-16:15 Introduction jury
16:30-17:15 Time to pitch
17:15-18:00 Panel | founders vs. investor
18:00-18:15 Announcement winner
18:10-20:00 Female Founder Fest | Networking & Drinks


Hearst HQ Amsterdam
Moermanskkade 500
1013 BC Amsterdam


Reach out to the FFF-Project Lead Maxime ten Brinke at maxime@thenextwomen.com