Regarding the F-Lane Accelerator application process

  1. Subject matter of this Privacy Statement

Thank you for your interest in the F-Lane Accelerator programme and taking part in the application process (hereinafter referred to as the “Application Process”). We take the privacy of your personal data very seriously. This information serves to inform you about the data we collect when you use Application Process and how we use that data. It provides information about the technical and organisational measures we have taken to protect your data.

  1. Controller and service provider

The controller within the meaning of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the German Federal Data Protection Act (Bundesdatenschutzgesetz – BDSG) and the service provider within the meaning of the German Telemedia Act (Telemediengesetz – TMG) is Vodafone Institut für Gesellschaft und Kommunikation GmbH, Ferdinand-Braun-Platz 1, 40549 Düsseldorf (hereinafter also referred to as the “Vodafone Institute for Society and Communications” or the “Vodafone Institute”).

  1. Your data

“Personal data” means any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person (“data subject”), i.e., specific information about your personal or factual circumstances, such as your name, date of birth or your e-mail address. When you use the Application Process, we collect and use the following data:

a.) Personal information about yourself (such as your name and surname, position)
b.) General information about your company (such as company name, address, website)
c.) Information about your venture (such as business model & proof of concept)
d.) Information relevant for the Accelerator programme (such as impact, motivation and expectation)

  1. Processing your data

The Vodafone Institute for Society and Communications is Vodafone’s European think and do tank that explores the potentials and responsible use of digital technologies for innovation, growth and sustainable social impact. It is continuously setting up the only accelerator in Europe with a focus on start-ups that empower women through technology.

We process your data on the basis of your registration within the Application Process (Art. 6 para. 1 s. 1 lit. b) GDPR. The purpose of the processing solely relates to your participation in the Application process. The Application process is as follows:

The application process for the F-LANE Vodafone Institute Accelerator for Female Empowerment consists of four steps to evaluate if the applying start-up and / or social business has an F-LANE fit and is eligible to participate in the F-LANE Accelerator. The first process requires basic information about the nature of the business, the founders’ role and motivation, the impact approach of the start-up and their mission to empower women through technology. Based on the information the start-ups provide in the first step of the application process, the Vodafone Institute together with the Impact Hub Berlin will select the top 30 start-ups, which will then undergo a more thorough due diligences process and will be interviewed in Step 2 and 3 of the application process. The Top 8 selected start-ups will be selected and be presented to the F-LANE advisory board, which selects the five start-ups that will be invited to participate in the F-LANE accelerator.

  1. Duration of processing

We process your data only for as long as necessary to provide services in connection with the Application Procedure. For example, we the data of participants which were not successful after the Application Process. The only time this would not be the case is if we are required by law to retain the data, in particular for tax or accounting reasons. In that case, we would erase you data as soon as the relevant retention periods expire.

  1. Data transfer to third parties, transfer to third countries

Our mission is supported by two partners: Impact Hub Berlin, with their global network of over 80 hubs and more than 15,000 members, as well as the Social Entrepreneurship Akademie, the leading competence centre for advancing and consulting founders by the four universities in Munich. In the Application Process, we will share your data with Impact Hub Berlin. Impact Hub Berlin has comprehensive know-how from start-up support and consulting and contributes significantly to the success of the program with its support in assessing the selection decision.

It may further be necessary to transfer data if we commission companies, such as technical service providers, with the execution of corresponding services. In such case, data protection agreements are in place to justify such transfer.

As a rule, your data will not be transferred to any third country outside the European Union or the European Economic Area or to any international organisation. If in the exceptional case such a transfer does take place, it will be solely in accordance with legal requirements, particularly in terms of the existence of an adequacy decision by the EU Commission or applying appropriate or suitable safeguards. The latter are available from our data protection officer.

  1. Cookies

Within the Application process, we use cookies. Cookies are small text files that are sent to our website by our web server during the use of our Website and are stored on your terminal device for retrieval. Cookies serve the following purposes:

I. to enable the use of the content of the website you have accessed to undertake the Application Process;

II. to find out how users use our website so that we can make it more user friendly.
We do not collect or store your data in cookies. We do not use any technology which matches information collected by cookies to your personal user data.

  1. Google Analytics

Our website uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service provided by Google Inc. (1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA) (“Google”). We collect and store data via this web analysis service from which usage profiles are created using pseudonyms. These user profiles serve to analyse visitor behaviour so that we can design and improve the services offered on our Website in line with their requirements. Google Analytics uses “cookies”, which are small text files that are stored on your computer and allow an analysis of your use of our Website.
As a rule, the information generated by the cookie about your use of our Website will be transmitted to a Google server in the U.S. and stored there. However, if IP anonymisation is activated on our Website (our Website uses the “_anonymizeIp ()” feature provided by Google Analytics), Google will truncate your IP address within the member states of the European Union or other signatory states to the Agreement on the European Economic Area beforehand. Only in exceptional cases will the full IP address be transmitted to a Google server in the U.S. and truncated there. On behalf of the operator of this Website, Google will use this information to analyse your use of our Website, to compile reports on Website activity and to provide the Website operator with other services relating to the use of our Website and the Internet.
The IP address transmitted by your browser in the context of Google Analytics is not merged with other Google data. Even user profiles managed under a pseudonym will not be associated with personal data without your express, separately declared consent. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings in your browser. However, please note that in this case you may not be able to fully use all the functions of our Website.

You can also prevent Google from collecting the data generated by the cookie and relating to your use of our Website by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available at: or by clicking this link.

Google’s privacy policies are available at and

  1. Data security

We have technical and organisational measures in place to protect collected data, in particular against accidental or intentional manipulation, loss, destruction or unauthorised access. Our security measures are continuously improved in line with technological developments.

  1. Data subjects’ rights

You have the right to obtain information about the data processed when registering for the Application Process, or to have that data rectified or erased. You may also assert your right to restrict processing or to data portability. Finally, you have the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority.

  1. Contact

If you have any further questions or comments regarding data privacy or wish to exercise your rights as a data subject, please contact our data protection officer at the address below:

Dr. Dirk Herkströter
Data Protection Officer/Datenschutzbeauftragter
Vodafone Institut für Gesellschaft und Kommunikation GmbH
Ferdinand-Braun-Platz 1
40549 Düsseldorf, Germany