seekicks is part of the EXIST-Women network and will have the opportunity to support female students and graduates with a program and a scholarship in 2024.

EXIST-Women program, funded by the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) – a 12-month qualification program for female founders.

The funding is aimed at: Female students, employees, scientists and women with professional training and a connection to the university.

who can apply

Women who are interested in founding a company and have an affinity for ventures can apply until January 31, 2024 – with or without a specific business idea. The aim of the funding is to develop ideas in terms of innovation and profitability. Ventures (even at an early stage) should thus be paved in a sustainable way. We are looking for designers and artists. Cross-disciplinary and transformative approaches appreciated.

Please, note: Unfortunately, no one who has already received funding from the state, e.g. Berlin Startup Stipendium, can apply for this scholarship.

If you are interested to apply for the EXIST start-up grant, please, feel free to contact us via mail hello@seekicks.org

information on the scholarship

We offer a 6-month program linked to the seekicks workshops, 2 extensive founder-specific activities such as co-founder matching and the development of financing scenarios as well as coaching in order to apply for an EXIST start-up funding from the BMWK. There is also the opportunity to network with other female founders at BMWK events. 

In addition, we can financially support 4 female students and 6 female graduates in the period from 1.04. to 30.06.2024 with a monthly grant! Graduates will receive 2500 € for graduates and students 1000 € (to be taxed).

In addition, each female founder receives an additional grant of 2000 € towards material costs. 

further information

  • Call is open from January, 16th until January, 31st 2024
  • invitation to the further selection process in the beginning of February 2024
  • NEW DATE: February, 28th 2024 obligatory selection workshop in person (date is not fixed yet; selection workshop mid/end February; will be announced asap)