HVB mentoring programme for female start-up entrepreneurs 2017/18: apply now!
HypoVereinsbank’s 2017/18 mentoring programme for female start-up entrepreneurs marks the fifth round of the successful HVB Women's Council initiative. In the process, experienced businesswomen and members of the HVB Women's Council support female start-up entrepreneurs over the course of six months as they set up their own business. Eligible candidates are invited to apply for one of six mentoring places by submitting their idea and business plan or concept.
The winners will be selected by a distinguished jury. The deciding factors are the quality of the business plan or concept and the start-up idea itself.
The mentoring programme offers you support by way of practical tips, background knowledge and access to long-standing expertise to achieve a successful company start-up. For a period of six months, you will receive support from a member of the Women's Council and start-up experts from HypoVereinsbank.
At the same time, the mentees take part in an exclusive programme of events hosted by HypoVereinsbank and the cooperation partners in which they can build and expand their individual networks.
Another important module of the mentoring-programme is the opportunity to get to know other interesting female entrepreneurs and their ideas. Furthermore the winners benefit from press and public relations by HypoVereinsbank.
The mentors from the ranks of the HVB Women's Council as well as start-up experts from HypoVereinsbank support mentees over the course of six months as they set up their own company. The women mentors, many of whom have been through several start-ups themselves, will share their years of experience with the participants and pass on innumerable practical tips. The winners will thus have the opportunity to share ideas with their role models, discuss strategies and build up their own networks.
Prof. Susanne Porsche
Managing director of summerset GmbH
Susanne Porsche is founder of mps mediaproductions by susanne porsche GmbH, sunset Austria Film & Fernsehproduktionen GmbH and the film and television production company summerset GmbH. During her medical studies, Ms Porsche worked as a children's television presenter for the German television broadcaster ZDF in 1979.
In 2002 the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Science and Culture honoured her multifaceted cultural engagement and activities as film and television producer by bestowing her with the title of professor. She was also presented with the "München leuchtet" (Munich is glowing) gold medal for her social engagement in 2005. In May 2006 Prof. Porsche founded the Deutscher Lehrerpreis registered association, which honours Germany's best teachers. In 2009 she received the Deutscher Lehrerpreis award. In July 2008 she received the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Head of BMW Representative Office Germany
Nicola Brüning has been head of the BMW Representative Office Germany since 2008. Ms Brüning acquired the contacts in international politics and the business world needed for this job during her earlier career as a journalist. She worked both for German-language media such as TV channel ARD, Focus magazine and publishing company Springer Gruppe, and for the francophone news agency AFP in Germany and abroad. As a trained journalist, she moderates seminars on public relations work, is a mentor at Quadriga University Berlin, prepares political strategies and advises management on their implementation.
Co-founder of the DLD Conference and managing director at DLD Media GmbH/Hubert Burda Media
Stephanie Czerny is managing director and co-founder of Digital Lifestyle Day at Hubert Burda Media, a platform that invests in online companies such as Glam Media and produces the innovation conference DLD.
As a co-founder of the DLD Conference, Ms Czerny focuses on developing branding and communications initiatives. In addition, she holds executive positions in several cultural and environmental organisations and is highly committed to various diversity activities.
Managing owner of H. Hugendubel GmbH & Co. KG, member of the Advisory Council of DBH Buch Handels GmbH & Co. KG
As managing partner of H. Hugendubel GmbH & Co. KG, Nina Hugendubel is responsible for marketing, public relations and direct sales. She belongs to the Council of the DBH Buch Handel GmbH & Co. KG, which was created in 2007 by Hugendubel bookstore and the Weltbild publishing group. After spending time abroad at Sorbonne University in Paris and completing a bookselling apprenticeship, Ms Hugendubel studied politics, philosophy and economics in Passau and Berlin. After her studies, she switched to publishing and worked a total of six years for Time Warner in New York and for Holtzbrinck in Munich, New York and Stuttgart.
Founder and managing director of Allude
Andrea Karg is the founder and managing director of Allude, one of Europe's most successful cashmere labels. Through modeling stints while still studying law, Andrea Karg got to know the fashion business early on.
In 1993 she decided to leave her law career behind and focus on her true passion: fashion. She combined her industry experience with her enthusiasm for cashmere, and launched her first collection on the market under the name ALLUDE. Since then she has steadily built up the ALLUDE brand.
Baroness Dr Christine von Münchhausen
Independent corporate consultant, business moderator
Christine von has been advising DAX companies and medium-sized businesses since 2002 in the areas of organisational and management development. In addition, she is a business mediator specialising in conflict management at management level and between partners. She also trains judges and lawyers in this area and is a lecturer at the Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg. After completing her doctorate at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign Copyright, Competition and Patent Law, Ms von Münchhausen spent several years as a lawyer with an international corporate law firm.
The mentoring programme agenda
The mentoring will begin for the winners in autumn 2017 at the joint inaugural event with talks and practical workshops. Over the next six months, person-to-person meetings with the female mentors and start-up specialists at HypoVereinsbank and exclusive events of HypoVereinsbank and the cooperation partners will take place:
One of the winners will be given the exclusive opportunity to spend a week at the German Accelerator Programme in Silicon Valley/ San Francisco or New York City to get in contact with the American market.
Who is eligible to apply?
As of now, individual female start-up entrepreneurs or start-up teams with companies in Germany and a plan to start the company within one year or those who have a company that is no more than two years old are eligible to apply.
The key criteria will be the quality of the business plan and the start-up idea. A jury consisting of HypoVereinsbank, HVB Women's Council members and cooperation partners will make the final selection.