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FTL Speaker Night - Inspire Series: Female Entrepreneurs & Women-Run Startups

  • Wayra 15 Kaufingerstraße München, BY, 80331 Germany (map)

Our very first Speaker Night of 2018 is coming and everyone is invited!

This time it will be all about female entrepreneurship and female-run startups! As it is our mission to strengthen the eco-system for women in tech and leadership, one of our core focuses is to highlight female founders!


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Therefore, we will have two founders in our midst who will share their first hand experience in starting up their own business, the ups and downs of entrepreneurship from a woman’s perspective, and let you in on all the details and learning experiences about the process of getting their very own company off the ground & up and running! Our third speaker will look at female leadership and entrepreneurship from a sociological and psychological research perspective. She will give us insight into why there aren’t as many female entrepreneurs and discuss whether this is based on nature or nurture.

Gentlemen: whether you are an employer, a working professional or a student - you don’t want to miss this insightful evening, since there’s a lot to learn and share about the position of your female friends, employers or teammates in the startup space!

Let’s get together for an informative and fun evening on April 12 and connect and mingle afterwards!

For this speaker night we are inviting you into our HOME: the holy halls of our awesome partner Wayra! Wayra has been supporting us as residents in their office hub where we can connect and work alongside Munich’s leading startups and community drivers. Wayra contributes to the empowerment of women in tech by giving us a headquarter and access to a fierce network of visionaries, which ultimately helps us make our impact!

Details about our Speakers:

Susanne Haspinger, Co-Founder and COO of Holo-Light

Susanne studied Physics and Biophysics in Tyrol and Munich and founded Holo-Light together with Florian Haspinger and Alexander Werlberger in April 2015. Her strong belief for technological innovation made her see the opportunities that lay ahead for emerging technologies and the new industrial revolution. She and her Co-Founders recognized the great potential in this area and that it was essential to show people that technology doesn’t have to replace them, but can empower them. 

Who is Holo-Light? Visiting Holo-Light feels like visiting a big Family and spending time with them. What they actually do is offer software and hardware solutions that enable companies to optimize processes and generate competitive advantages using the benefits of Mixed Reality.

Jaclyn Schnau, Founder and CEO of Pumpkin Organics

Jaclyn has spent the last 15 years building brands, and has developed a love affair with wooing the customer through thoughtful and coherent customer journeys. After graduating from Harvard Business School, she was the Global Marketing Manager of Haägen Dazs Cafes and then Marketing Direct Pizza Hut UK. And then with a move to Munich, in 2012, she joined as the Chief Customer Officer and later was CEO of Windelbar. Now, she is following her passion for food, e-commerce and investing and has founded a new healthy food play, Pumpkin Organics, which launched in summer of 2017.

Laura Bechthold, Entrepreneurship Researcher

Laura is a Munich-based entrepreneurship researcher. She holds a B.A. in Corporate Management & Economics from Zeppelin University and a M.Sc. in Sustainability Science and Policy from Maastricht University. She is currently in the final stage of her PhD in the field of "Fostering Female Entrepreneurship" at the Max-Planck-Institute for Innovation and Competition. She has worked as a member for the Management Team at the Center For Digital Technology and Management (CDTM), is a freelance trainer for the Social Entrepreneurship Akademie, and as of April 2018, she starts as the spokesperson of the Future of Leadership Initiative - a think tank that investigates fundamental questions about leadership in times of digitalization.

Anna-Maria Schnitzenbaumer, Head of Customer Success at Enmacc GmbH
Anna-Maria is passionate about founding customer development teams for startups and establishing efficient processes which deliver continuous results even when the start-ups grow exponentially. She is currently Head of Customer Success at the start-up, Enmacc GmbH, where she is building customer success processes and KPIs for their users ground up. In her previous role at another successful Munich based start-up, Shore GmbH, Anna Maria grew from account management trainee to the director of customer development. During this time she established a strong,resourceful team by engaging them efficiently and developing its processes step-by-step. Not surprisingly, Anna-Maria has also been key in initiating the Customer Success MeetUp Network in Munich. As a side project, she is working on developing a networking platform for Customer Success experts with other leads of customer success in the Munich start-up ecosystem. 
Anna-Maria will be speaking about the values she has found essential while going up her career ladder as a woman. Being the only woman in the management level at her current company, she wants to share the reality of working in start-ups as a team lead, holding your ground in difficult situations and comparing the fun and serious aspects of a start-up life in Munich.