Targeted support for female academics, master's students and graduates with start-up ideas

Scholarship plus know-how - the scaleF program has a lot to offer explicitly for women interested in setting up a business and supports them in their start-up project.

  • Does your professional experience or your research open up business ideas for you?
  • Would you like to take the time to find out whether your idea has the potential to be implemented as an entrepreneur?
  • Would you like to develop and expand your entrepreneurial skills and create new perspectives?
  • Would you like to think bigger when it comes to setting up your business?
  • Perhaps you are already part of a team and would like to expand your skillset?
Frauen arbeiten gemeinsam an einem Konzept. ©StockSnap/ Pixabay
Junge Frau springt begeistert in die Luft! ©Creative Christians/ Unsplash
Lachende Frau in Diskussionsrunde ©Jason Goodman/ Pixabay

If you would like to try your hand at entrepreneurship, then apply to scaleF. As part of the program, 10 female scholarship holders receive a 3-month scholarship of up to 2,500 euros as well as a one-off 2,000 euros for material resources.

ScaleF also includes a varied workshop program (in German). The sessions - a mixture of networking face-to-face events and accompanying online workshops - are spread over 10 months. During this time, each participant is supported by an experienced mentor and systematically accompanied by the Leuphana Start-up Service.

In addition, there are joint activities with the other EXIST-Women projects of the Startup Port Community in the Hamburg metropolitan region so that a broad network of female founders can develop.

The kick-off block will take place from March 22 to 24, 2024.
Further dates to follow.

Moms are welcome!

We are pleased to be able to offer you childcare through the family service for the duration of the workshops.

Apply now (by 18.02.2024)!

If you are an employee or graduate of Leuphana, have a connection to Leuphana as an academic or have almost completed your Master's degree at Leuphana, then apply to scaleF by February 18, 2024!

We would like applicants to provide some information about themselves and their motivation as well as a brief description of the idea. Download the application form, fill it out and send it back to us by e-mail. You will find all the necessary links below.


scaleF is made possible by funds from the EXIST-Women funding line from the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action. The aim of the program is to expand start-up support for female entrepreneurs and founders from the scientific community. Women at universities and research institutions who are interested in founding a company and have an affinity for start-ups are given the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the topic of start-ups at an early stage. They are encouraged to venture into entrepreneurial independence so that more women will act as managing directors and shareholders of innovative start-ups in the future. The EXIST funding line offers events, advice and support as well as a financial grant for prospective female founders.

The programme at Leuphana is organized by the Junior Professorship for Business Administration, in particular Digital Transformation, the Start-up Service, the Equal Opportunities Office, the Graduate School, the Professional School and Human Resources Development for Academic Staff.

Funded by

[Translate to Englisch:] exist - Existenzgründungen aus der Wissenschaft ©Bundesministeriums für Wirtschaft und Energie
[Translate to Englisch:] Gefördert vom Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie ©BMWI


  • Dipl.-Kfm. Carsten Wille