Ideation hackathon for female entrepreneurs – Xathon by Henkel dx Ventures – is getting geared up for its second year! We bring together female tech talents on November 20-22, 2020 – this year virtually. Our goal: to empower 60 female talents to develop and shape their entrepreneurial mindset and ideas. The application period starts on the 9th of October and ends on the 30th October 2020.




Only  15.1 %1  of all founders in Germany are female. This is partly due to insufficient role models, a lack of confidence and an unfavorable ecosystem. We needed to change that! Therefore, we decided to create a platform for female talents to unlock their potential and develop their entrepreneurialism.

Our mission is to raise awareness for more female entrepreneurs, promote digitization, female empowerment, diversity and visibility, with gender equality playing a vital role in creating “a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world” (UN).2

1 Female Founder Monitor 2019:­ffm/ffm_2019/­studie_ffm_2019.pdf 
2 UN:­gender-equality/


We want to give ideas a chance to fly. How? By bringing together awesome talents with awesome experts to mentor them.

Female founders

You’re ingenious and a real maverick and have already an early stage startup /product in tech? You’re looking for expertise, mentoring, consulting and investment? 


You’re an expert in a business-relevant field or tech field and want to support an idea with your knowledge? You’re looking for new opportunities, connections and want to meet other entrepreneurial minds? 




Besides the above mentioned, the winners of the Xathon 2020 will receive prizes that will help in shaping and realizing their idea: 1 week Bootcamp with MVP Factory tailored to the needs of the winner, voucher from Udacity, speaking slot at one of accelerateHER events as a Rising Star, promotion of their idea in an article and much more.






Henkel dx Ventures

Henkel’s open innovation and collaboration platform, Henkel dx Ventures, will be the host of Xathon. The Henkel dx Ventures platform is a diverse network of partners and experts sharing knowledge and ideas that offers members “an unfair advantage.” It organizes interactive events to generate new ideas, share best practises, explore new ways of working, and build an ecosystem of subject matter experts. Henkel dx Ventures  focuses on both open innovation topics and corporate venture investments. We invest and collaborate with the most promising start ups and founders to build the next generation of digital business models. 

Henkel dx Ventures belongs to Henkel’s recently launched Digital Business Unit, called Henkel dx . With Henkel dx we are starting a brand-new chapter, uniting Digital, Business Process Management and IT expertise to solve the toughest business challenges, turning threats into opportunities.


Global Digital Women (GDW) is an international company with focus on digitalization and diversity. What began as a small network meeting in Berlin in 2017, has grown into a Europe-wide organisation with over 30.000 women and men from the digital industry. GDW’s mission is to promote networking, visibility and empowerment of inspiring digital minds of our time and offer corporates, politics, associations, and organisations a platform for exchange and networking. With this triad, GDW succeeds in implementing diversity and inclusion as profit-generating factors. It organizes more than 80 physical events annually and cooperates with leading companies, associations and start-ups. The network includes over 35 companies, including five DAX companies and various stakeholders from the public sector, including the Ministry of Economics, Labour and Housing Baden-Württemberg and the Bavarian State Ministry for Digital Affairs.



  • What is so special about the Xathon?
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Do I have to pay for the Xathon?
  • When will I receive feedback regarding my application? 
  • Is it necessary to have coding skills?
  • How should I prepare?
  • Event-Concept under COVID-19
  • What if I have unanswered questions?

We will be unleashing female talents who want to become shakers, shapers and entrepreneurs. 

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

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

No, there are no costs linked to the Xathon event. 

We will let you know no later than November 6th if you have been selected for the Xathon.

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.

Bring your laptop and charger, comfortable clothes and an incredible motivation to shape your idea.

Due to current events (COVID-19), we have decided to hold the Xathon as a virtual event. Therefore we will provide a technology that delivers more than a glorified video conference. Our integrated event app creates an authentic event experience for every attendee. Besides integrated live-streaming it’s used seamlessly with all the interactive event app components you love, including: breakout rooms, agenda, up-voting Q&A, activity feed, polling, gaming and networking.

Please drop us an email at if you have any open questions. We’d love to help you!