More female-founder-friendly ecosystem

The goal of the SSA cannot be realized without achieving diversity: we aim at giving women in the Swiss startup ecosystem a collective voice in society, business and politics. Our goal is not only to make Switzerland the most founder-friendly, but also the most female-founder-friendly place in the world.

Join female forces

As a project of the SSA, we don’t want to compete with existing organizations, but rather support each other and build a stronger and more sustainable environment. This includes promoting already existing organizations and making use of synergies between them and us.

What we do:

  • Empowerment: we inspire and empower women and girls to take the entrepreneurial path
  • Visibility: we give a voice to women in the startup ecosystem
  • Community: we engage and connect with female associations and organizations to promote events and activities
  • Growth: we are currently building our Network and Mentoring program, stay tuned!
  • We rise by lifting others!

Who we are

We are the driving force making things happen. We bring this project to life to inspire and empower women to take the entrepreneurial path, and to close the gender gap in the Swiss startup ecosystem.

Hanna Mantl Startup SSA

HANNA MANTL

Volunteer Operations Team SSA

Simona Fontanella Startup SSA

SIMONA FONTANELLA

Volunteer Operations Team SSA

Silvia Dadin Startup SSA

SILVIA DADIN

Volunteer Operations Team SSA

Mirjam Wenger Startup SSA

MIRJAM WENGER

Managing Director SSA

Caroline Knaack SSA startup

CAROLINE KNAACK

Marketing and Communication Intern SSA

FEMtrepreneurs Basel

The Innovation Office of the University of Basel launched the FEMtrepreneurs initiative in 2019 to reach gender equality by promoting female entrepreneurship and enabling women to found their business. We join forces for events and initiatives promoting role models, growth and collaboration.

VIRGINIA SCHUMACHER

LEONIE KELLNER

Collaborations and Advisors

Outstanding professionals offer us their input and advice, thanks to their background, expertise and network. We also join forces with amazing organizations, who help us in making Switzerland the most female-founder-friendly place in the World

MELINA STAVRINOS

Melina is an enthusiastic Communication professional, supporting us with her background in Organizational Communication and Entrepreneurship.

CELINE SCHULZE

With her background in finance and organizational psychology, Celine helps entrepreneurs and small companies reach their goals and potential.

PETRA ROHNER

Founder of the SWONET Foundation, which supports activities by and for women in Switzerland and promotes economic independence and social equality for women.

CATRIN RUBENSON

Owner of Rubenson GmbH, www.catrinrubenson.com, manifestation and career coach, moderator and partner of the online magazine businessfrau.ch.

Wenger & Vieli Startup Desk Lawyers

The Wenger & Vieli Startup Desk, led by two female role models, offers different packages and services, such as access to Legal & Tax Workshops and Webinars.

MICHELLE WIKI

DOMINIQUE MATTMANN

Fem’up

Fem’up aim to create a platform where young women get inspired, empowered and learn from other women and to build visibility for female role models. Together, we strengthen each other’s network and help more women to be inspired and empowered by the community.

ANDREA BUHOFER 

ANNALOU PRADER

ALESSA WEIBEL

ELENA WENGER

MICHELLE WIKI

Female Founders Map

The Female Founders initiative created in 2020 an amazing Swiss Female Founders Ecosystem Map! It provides transparency and portrays great female role models in the startup ecosystem. Have a look in the link below!

Join the FeMondays

Every Monday is FeMonday! Join us at 7:30pm, when we meet and discuss freely, sharing ideas and occasionally a drink 😉 No obligation to join every week – but whenever you want to or are curious about the SSA FEMtrepreneurs project!