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Berlin, November 15th-17th


Henkel X & Grace - Accelerate female entrepreneurship want YOU! Unleash your talent at Europe's biggest female rapid ideation Xathon on 15th -17th November, to hack female entrepreneurship!


We asked ourselves why only 14.6%1)  of all founders in Germany are female when there are so many female talents with the potential to become founders? 

One of the main reasons we identified is that there are not enough role-models, often leading to a lack of confidence, reluctance to take risks and a lack of the right ecosystem in place to change this. That is why Henkel X is hosting the Xathon together with Grace - Accelerate female entrepreneurship.

1) Female Founder Monitor, 2018

What does Xathon stand for?

Xathon is a platform for female talents to develop their entrepreneurship and shape their ideas. The Xathon invites all women who want to become shakers, shapers and entrepreneurs. The first Xathon will be launched from November 15th -17th in Berlin to unleash 150 selected female talents.

The goal is to create an as diverse, multi-facetted and perspective taking female Henkel X community as possible, to maximize impact and innovation.

How can I apply? 

If you want to apply, please fill out the form sheet below and apply for the Xathon until September 30th. The Xathon selection process is based on the creativity and scalability of an already existing idea or on the powerful explanation of why the person is suitable to act as an entrepreneur.

Whats in for me?

There will be prizes that will help you in shaping and realizing your idea: spots at U-School, H-Farm Bootcamp, Grace - Accelerate female entrepreneurship Certificate, Facebook marketing support (for companies that will be founded after 12 month) and much more. Stay tuned for more!

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Dorothee Bär
Minister of State to the Federal Chancellor Government Commissioner for Digital Affairs, Germany 

Tino Krause
Country Director DACH, Facebook

Arizona Muse
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Sylvie Nicol
Executive Vice President Human Resources and Infrastructure Services, Henkel

Joanne Hannaford
EMEA Head of Technology at Goldman Sachs

Dr. Rahmyn Kress
CDO Henkel & Founder of Henkel X

Bettina Metz
Managing Director, UN Women Germany

  • FAQs 

Henkel X is the open innovation platform of Henkel and is accelerating Henkel’s entrepreneurial transformation.

At Henkel X we strongly believe in the tremendous power of an open and diverse innovation platform to foster exchange and collaboration as well as to give opportunity to discuss challenges together and to learn from each other.
Therefore, it is an imperative for Henkel X to be open to all aspects of innovation, including evaluating the inclusivity of business practices to bring the best mix of female and male talents together without gender bias.  One of key focus is to support initiatives that help increasing the amount of females in the tech industry.

Especially in times of change (digitally driven) human aspects become crucial with regards to creating successful innovation. 

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What is so special about the Xathon?
We will be unleashing female talents who want to become shakers, shapers and entrepreneurs. 

What is the challenge?
Teaming up with female talents of different industries, cultures, age and backgrounds to devise an innovative, creative and scalable business idea.

Please note that we can offer this event only for people 18+.

This event concept is primarily designed for female talents but is of course also accepting male applicants that have ideas that support topics close to female interests such as fem tech etc.

Do I have to pay for the Xathon?
Generally, there are no costs linked to the Xathon event. However, please note that the participants have to take care of the travel costs and the accommodation. 

Travel costs
Please note that the participants have to take care of the travel costs and accommodation themselves.

When will I receive feedback regarding my application? 
We will let you know no later than October 21st if you have been selected for the Xathon. 

Is it necessary to have coding skills?
No, it is not necessary to have coding skills. This event is for female talents to strengthen their entrepreneurialism and shape their ideas - regardless if it has something to do with coding or not. 

How should I prepare?
Bring your laptop and charger, comfortable clothes and an incredible motivation to shape your idea.

What if I have unanswered questions?
Please drop us an email at xathon@henkel.com if you have any open questions. We’d love to help you!



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Please note that Henkel employees CAN NOT apply via this form. Henkel employees can only apply here (intranet link works within Henkel network only). 

(It is not necessary to bring an idea to the Xathon already, we have an amazing facilitation team, which will get your creativity boiling. Yet if you do have a spark, idea or challenge already let us know about it.)

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