Event: Women in Tech - Breaking the Glass Ceiling

Tuesday, 14 March 2017, 3 pm – open end, Berliner Freiheit 2, 10785 Berlin

F-LANE is the first accelerator for social tech ventures for and by women in Europe. Our goal is to provide a comprehensive programme that facilitates women’s engagement in tech entrepreneurship. To face this discrepancy, we want to address the obstacles and challenges women face and explore which structural changes are necessary in order to promote women’s participation. For that purpose we are combining the graduation of our first class of impact-driven female entrepreneurs with a high-level thought-leadership event on “Women in Tech”.


3:00 pm –Welcome and Keynotes

Dr. Mark Speich:            Managing Director of the Vodafone Institute for Society and Communications

Manuela Schwesig:         Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, Germany.

Riva-Melissa Tez:            CEO and Co-Founder of Permutation Ventures

4:00 pm – Panel Discussion

Ida Tin, Dupsy Abiola, Marieme Jamme and Lisa Witter

04:30 pm – F-LANE Pitches

Final Pitches of our first F-LANE class: Lensational, Wazi Vision, Securella, DigiSitter and Ask Without Shame

17:00 pm – Get Together



Free Registration: Registration@f-lane.com

Keynotes and Panellists

Minister Manuela Schwesig

German Federal Minister of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth

Manuela Schwesig: Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, Germany. The trained tax administrator was Social Affairs Minister in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania from 2008 to 2011 and Labour Minister from 2011 to 2013. In 2009, she became the deputy chair of the Social Democratic Party of Germany.

Riva-Melissa Tez

CEO and Co-Founder of Permutation Ventures

Riva-Melissa Tez is Managing Partner at Permutation Ventures, a San Francisco based early stage VC fund focused on applied machine learning companies. She is an avid writer and speaker on AI, institutional investment and startups for groups such as Forbes, The Economist, Vanity Fair, Tech Open Air and for HRH Duke of York at Buckingham Palace. In 2016, she was the face of Microsoft Cloud’s global campaign and represented machine learning in an educational series for The Economist. In 2017, Riva was awarded Forbes 30under30 for Finance for her work with Permutation Ventures and has guest-lectured on finance and technology at Oxford, Birkbeck and Stanford Universities.

Dupsy Abiola

Dupsy Abiola is the founder and CEO of Intern Avenue.

Intern Avenue connects students and graduates with paid opportunities and has won numerous awards including the Europa Award for Best Recruitment Start Up in Europe and a MVP competition at Google Campus London. Prior to founding Intern Avenue, she graduated from Oxford University and is the recipient of numerous professional and academic awards. She worked as an employed barrister for a leading law firm before starting her first business. Her experience in law, business, entrepreneurship, and the employment market has led to her becoming a featured press expert for leading publications. She has appeared in Wired, the Financial Times, on Channel Four, and successfully pitched on BBC Dragons Den. She is passionate about promoting diversity, open access, and reducing youth unemployment and is an active advisor on these areas including assisting with UK government policy. Dupsy’s work has resulted in her inclusion on Thomson Reuters Power List as one of Britain’s most influential black people under 40 and she is also listed on the Silicon 60 top techstars to watch.

Ida Tin

CEO of Clue

Ida Tin: co-founder and CEO of Clue, a digital female health company based in Berlin, Germany whose Clue app is acclaimed as the most streamlined, user-friendly menstrual cycle tracking app available. Born in Copenhagen, Ida graduated from Denmark’s prestigious creative business school, KaosPilots. A lifelong entrepreneur, she previously led motorcycle tours around the world and published a book about her experience, “Direktøs” which became a Danish bestseller.


Lisa Witter

Lisa Witter is an award-winning executive, serial entrepreneur, author and public speaker.

She is an expert in the intersections of communications, government, politics, philanthropy, technology, women’s issues and behavior change. She has counseled CEOs, Nobel Peace Prize winners, politicians, philanthropists, scientists and academics. She is the Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Apolitical:  an international platform connecting the best ideas and people in the public sector. Lisa also co-founded Assemblyfor, applying behavioural science to policy and social change. Previously, she was COO of Fenton, the largest public interest communications firm in the US. She has worked in government for the Seattle City Council. She is a WEF Young Global Leader and sits on the Global Agenda Council on Behaviour.

Mariéme Jamme

Mariéme Jamme is a Senegalese-born British business woman in technology

Her consultancy company Spotone Global Solutions helps technology companies to set a foothold in Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. She has supported many organisations such as Google, Ernest and Young, HSBC Private Banking, The Office of Gordon and Sarah Brown, The Africa Progress Panel chaired by Kofi Annan, The Obama Administration, and multiple African governments through their STEM policies. Often called the diplomat of technology, Mariéme was named one of the 100 most influential Africans by the African Business Magazine and 20 youngest powerful women in Africa by Forbes. Marieme was honoured as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum for her activism work in empowering and investing in young girls and women in Africa through creative learning, entrepreneurship, science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics and Design (STEAMD). Marieme’s latest venture includes the launch of IAMTHECODE, a new movement aiming at mobilising governments, businesses and investors to support girls and young women in STEAMD.