Tanja Sternbauer

co-founder & head of community

Connecting movers & shakers and empowering others to see and unlock their true potential is Tanja's true calling. Before starting the female factor she has been Managing Partner of Startup Live, the leading European Acceleration Program and one of the largest startup communities worldwide. She was responsible for helping founders implement their business ideas and connect them internationally with relevant players. Startups like Runtastic, Shpock, Codeship and mySugr are among the successful alumni of the program. To raise more awareness among women to the topic of entrepreneurship and to connect female entrepreneurs, Tanja co-founded the non-profit organization "Female Founders". The network offers regular meetups and its own acceleration program for (prospective) founders and female-led ventures. Before her work for the European startup ecosystem, Tanja started her own startup HeyBeauty, a scheduling tool for beauty appointments at the age of 25 after gaining experience in Berlin and Singapore. In addition to her roles, she is also an active mentor for startups and a speaker for entrepreneurship and diversity topics on an international level.

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