Camille Chapleu

Startup Guide Podcast #1: Female Founders

From Paris to Berlin

I recently moved (well 7 months ago if you are wondering !) from beautiful Paris to artistic, poor Berlin. In my mind, Paris was the city to be in Europe if you wanted to launch your start-up. With the recent launch of Station F, the biggest start-up campus in the world, there is a growing attention to Paris and her start-up scene.

Tech Open Air in Berlin

After a couple of months and some observations, I just realised I was all wrong and Berlin was full of surprises. TOA made me rethink the start-up scene in Berlin, more precisely the tech scene, and gave me the opportunities to attend some very inspiring events. If you are wondering what is TOA, well Tech Open Air is Europe’s leading interdisciplinary technology festival that takes place in our sexy Berlin.

At ReDI, young refugees from Syria learned how to code. Most of them had already studied at least one or two years at university before dropping their studies.

Startup Guide Podcast #1 in Kreuzberg

On the 12th of July, I joined the first Startup Guide Podcast: Female Founders organised by Startup Guide. The goal of this Podcast is to interview female founders, learn how they found ideas & inspirations, or how to start a business. The event was held in colourful but rainy Kreuzberg, refreshments and delicious popcorn were flowing during the evening.

The guest Anne Kjaer Riechert, Co-founder and Managing Director at ReDI School of Digital Integration, was interviewed by Sissel Hansen, CEO and Founder of Startup Guide. At ReDI, young refugees from Syria learned how to code. Most of them had already studied at least one or two years at university before dropping their studies. Anne Kjaer Riechert gave them the chance to learn how to code and the opportunity to apply to tech companies in Germany or elsewhere.

Non-profit start up

When creating a start-up, the biggest question is “how to make cash-flow and grow ?” But for Anne it was different, she wanted to offer coding courses to create job opportunities for refugees.

This event helped me realised that tech is not always about making profit but also helping people achieve their dreams.

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