Her tip

"The key thing is to work out what kind of role you want to play in the company. You can’t do everything all at once, but it’s good to try everything out."

Innosuisse’s Business Concept course opened the door for me. There is very little publicity about entrepreneurship at university. For me it was a completely new world and all very inspiring.

When founding a start-up, it’s not gender that should matter but instead the idea. The fact that there are still few women entrepreneurs may be due to the fact that women often have less self-confidence than men. But it’s also a question of education. Based on the research results of my doctoral thesis on plant biochemistry, I founded the start-up AgroSustain – which produces biological products to combat mould fungus in agriculture – together with a molecular biologist. We now have ten employees. To successfully set up a start-up and drive it forward, it’s vitally important to work with people who complement each other in terms of their knowledge and experience and on whom you can rely. Starting a company is a rollercoaster ride. You only find that out once the journey has started. Fresh obstacles that have to be overcome keep popping up. But that’s not a bad thing. It means your business is making progress.

As a female company founder you have to believe in what you’re doing. As a woman you may be treated differently to a man. That’s why it’s vitally important that you respect yourself. And gain the respect of others. If a woman has a great idea and believes in it, she should definitely start a company.

Last modification 25.02.2022

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