Women in Entrepreneurship program - Part II


September 02, 2024 – September 06, 2024 (CEST)
GUILD Academy
Bay Area / USA

Women in Entrepreneurship program - Part II

DWIH is fully sponsoring a hybrid innovation program for German students or researchers. Offered in cooperation with GUILD Academy, this program is a combination of online and in-person learning experiences. The online program spans eight weeks, from April 1, 2024 to May 24, 2024. The in-person component will be from September 2-6, 2024. It is designed to be conducted online, employing asynchronous learning modules comprising video content and practical exercises.

Join us for a virtual info session on January 24, 2024 at 9:00 a.m.

Questions? Contact info.sanfrancisco@dwih.org.


Applications are accepted until all 100 slots are filled, so apply early!

Join this program to take action together with a community of diverse entrepreneurs. Validate your idea and get a crash course in all things entrepreneurship to launch and fund your business.

Participants will have the opportunity to refine their ideas within the first 8 weeks of the program and submit their proposal to get the opportunity to be selected to be one of 10 participants who receive an invite to the sponsored one-week program to present to investors and startup leaders and deepen their understanding of the opportunities.

This visit catalyzes the exchange of ideas and knowledge between the participants and successful women entrepreneurs who transitioned from scientific backgrounds to lead innovative tech companies and startups and build their transatlantic network. Participants will have lifelong access to the GUILD network.

You can find more info, including testimonials of the program here.

Program Objectives:

  • Cultivate an entrepreneurial mindset among women in scientific research roles.
  • Equip participants with the skills and resources to effectively commercialize their scientific ideas.
  • Facilitate an exchange of ideas and knowledge between the German and US innovation ecosystems.
  • Provide exposure to successful female entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley and beyond.

Program Components:

Online Learning (8 Weeks)

  • Asynchronous modules featuring video content, a resource library, and exercises.
  • Weekly 2-hour video sessions for interaction, speaker Q&A, and guidance.
  • Continuous support during the program for questions and mentoring.
  • Submission process management and review at the end of the program for sponsorships for the 1-week visit
  • Open for up to 100 participants

Bay Area Visit (only for those selected): September 2-6, 2024.

  • 1-week visit to Silicon Valley.
  • Programming for each day incl. workshops, challenges, guest speakers, company visits and dinners, and logistical coordination.
  • Networking opportunities with successful female entrepreneurs.
  • Engaging with tech companies and startups led by women with scientific backgrounds.
  • Time to work on challenges and network with contacts identified before the visit.
  • Open for up to 10 participants.


  • Applicants must have an affiliation with a German university or research institution (Universität, Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften – HAW or staatliche Forschungseinrichtung).
  • German citizenship is not required.

Budget and Cost:

There is a non-refundable EUR 50 application fee. DWIH is covering the full tuition of the GUILD Program (a $2000 value) and we want to encourage participants to take full advantage of this opportunity. Please contact us if this fee presents an undue hardship. If selected for the in-person experience, participants or their universities should plan to cover:

  • Travel Expenses: Participants will be responsible for their own flight costs ($1000-$1500) and visas (if necessary).
  • Hotels and most meals will be fully covered by DWIH and GUILD.

Financial support may be available on a case-by-case basis. Don’t let the costs discourage you from applying!

Expected Outcomes:

The anticipated outcomes of this program include a cohort of women empowered with an entrepreneurial mindset and equipped with the knowledge to navigate commercialization strategies in Germany. Participants will establish a network, having cultivated connections with successful entrepreneurs and gaining exposure to cutting-edge innovations in Silicon Valley.

The goal is for participants to have a much better understanding of their career opportunities as a founder and what resources to secure to build new businesses to realize the potential of their innovation and create female-led businesses with the capacity to employ talent and add positively to the GDP.

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