Xathon 2021 by Henkel dx Ventures

12.11.2021 - 14.11.2021

veranstaltet von Henkel dx Ventures & Global Digital Women


GDW Global Digital Women GmbH Kurfürstendamm 67 10707 Berlin Germany




Xathon by Henkel dx Ventures: The ideation hackathon for female entrepreneurs is gearing up for its third edition. From November 12th to 14th, 2021, we bring together female talents in Berlin. Our goal is not only to empower 100 female talents to develop and shape their entrepreneurial mindset and ideas but also give them chance to win 25.000 EUR.

The application period starts on the 6th of September and ends on the 10th October 2021.


Why Xathon?

Only 15.7 %* of all founders in Germany are female. This is partly due to insufficient role models, a lack of confidence and an unfavorable ecosystem. That’s what we want to change. Therefore, we created a platform for female talents to unlock their potential and free their entrepreneurial spirit.

Our mission is to create opportunities for female entrepreneurs, to raise awareness and to promote digitization, female empowerment, diversity and visibility.

*Female Founder Monitor 2020: Homepage | Female Founders Monitor (FFM)

What is Xathon?

Xathon is a 2,5 day ideation hackathon that provides 100 early stage female founders with unparalleled access to leading entrepreneurs, inspirational role models and sector experts. With high-octane panel discussions, single-speaker addresses, stimulating workshops and mind-flexing masterclasses, this groundbreaking event celebrates entrepreneurial endeavors while empowering female talent and driving diversity.

We strive to be Germany’s leading female ideation hackathon. We created a unique hybrid event and implemented live studios and workshop hubs in Berlin**. Live speakers will be broadcast from the studios to the other hubs.

**depending on C-19, otherwise switch to full virtual event similar to November 2020.


On Friday, November 12th, it’s all about empowerment and inspirational talks by game-changing digital leaders & entrepreneurs. On Saturday, November 13th, female founders will work in groups on their business model/startup with their dedicated mentors. They will run through different sprints ranging from user understanding, prototyping, validation to storytelling and pitch preparation. On Sunday, November 14th, the finalists will pitch their proposals, followed by the award ceremony.

How to join?

We want to give ideas a chance to fly. How? By bringing together amazing talents with awesome experts to mentor them. Even if you’re not ready to participate, you can be part of the event by attending the Inspirational Talks on Friday, November 12th, and the final pitches on Sunday, November 14th. Join this exciting journey and #beXpowered.

What’s in it for me?

In addition to support, connections, mentorship, inspiration and fun, the winner of the Xathon 2021 will receive prize money to realize and scale their ideas.

Xathon 2021 winner will receive prize money 25.000 EUR!