How do I become a startup investor?
Learning Event with Dr. Gesa Miczaika

Dr. Gesa Miczaika

Thursday, 27 May 2021
13:00 - 14:00 CEST

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About the event

Dr. Gesa Miczaika gives an introduction to startup investing. In a dialog with David Rhotert, she talks about starting out as a startup investor and shares her experiences. These and other questions, around the topic of startup investments for women, we explore in our event.

- Why should I ask myself the question whether I want to invest in startups?
- What is the motivation to invest in startups?
- How much money do I need to get started?
- How do I get started and what do I need to look out for?
- How do I choose the right startup for me?
- What experiences can help me get started as a startup investor?

This will be followed by an open Q&A session with the opportunity to ask questions and share experiences.

Women have a much harder time accessing growth capital
In Europe, only 2% of venture capital from venture capital funds goes to female founders. Men are still more likely to invest in male founding teams. There are no economic reasons for this preference. Female founders generate better revenues and are on average more successful than all-male teams: for every VC dollar invested in them, female founders generate 78 cents in revenues, while men generate only 31 cents - according to the results of a study by the Boston Consulting Group.

One key to change is more female investors
Female investors often invest in female founders. More women investors therefore have the potential to make the startup ecosystem more diverse and equitable. Women investors are the critical key to helping many more women founders get more capital in the future.

33% of female founders say they would like to have business angels on board, but only 7.7% get them. Only 7% of business angels and 3% of venture capital decision makers in Germany are women. These statistics show that we need more women investors to change this.

Women founders often have a higher goal with their business idea, in that they want to tackle a social or environmental problem and are committed to a better future.

Hosted by David Rhotert, founder of Companisto
In order to participate in startups with other people in a timely manner, David founded the digitally organized private investor network. For the past 10 years, his focus has been on advancing the German business angel industry through the use of digitization and technology.


Dr. Gesa Miczaika ist eine von drei Partnerinnen von Auxxo Beteiligungen ( und investiert insbesondere in Geschäftsmodelle, die auf nachhaltiges Wachstum setzen und gesellschaftlichen Mehrwert erzeugen möchten. Ein Fokus liegt auf der Unterstützung von Gründerinnen.

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