event @ zeppelin university 14th of october 2022


Female Founders Night is an invitation
to ask ourselves -

Not only and especially for women, for men, or none of the above but for us humans. This question has different levels of approach. In the broadest sense, we want to ask: What does it mean to be human? What should our relationship with the living world be like? How can we put life, the planet, and everything it sustains at the center of our solution-finding processes? If we understand Entrepreneurship not as a lifestyle but as something the world really needs, we will be able to understand its attribute of interconnecting these spheres - the human, nature, and design.

This year's Female Founders Night is an attempt to take a holistic perspective on the urgent crisis’ through the lens of Entrepreneurship. When we look at what is actually happening in the world around us - with the terrible war of aggression in Ukraine, changes in the political landscape, a global pandemic, and the climate crises we can feel a sense of doom. However, what we think is important for us to recognize is that actually, it is the actions that each of us takes each day that are generating a promising future.

Entrepreneurs by their nature are agents of change. In this way, as a "tool" entrepreneurship offers one of many possibilities to implement this urgent systematic change in its smallest format. We invite inspiring female change-makers who are already taking action to share their stories, insights, and experience. With the future being something that is co-created right now in our choices, in our thoughts, and our interactions, we, together with the audience, want to challenge the status quo, ask provoking questions and discuss aspirations and hopes.

We want you to take part in what is possible. 



art & tech -  a promising future or a trend?

Art has the capability to preserve the past and that what is to come in its expression. Thus, art is one of the oldest ways to imagine the future - It observes our cultural behavior and questions our perception of the world. For this reason, we want to explore the possibilities that technology like NFTs hold for the art sector - a promise for the future or a trend? Questions like the following tickle our interest: Can technology open up new freedom with regard to "entrepreneurship" and the entrepreneurial creativity of artists? How can we anticipate the apprehension between innovation in entrepreneurship and the arts? Is every artist an entrepreneur and vice versa? How can entrepreneurship find its place in the arts? Is it possible at all? How do art galleries and platforms change with the possibility of monetarization of digital art? Is monetarization a requirement in entrepreneurial apprehension?


building and shaping new structures of life

Science has rarely been as important as it is now, while at the same time it faces an existential crisis. In the midst of the pandemic, findings are doubted, simplified, and misinterpreted. For decades science has been the basis of what we consider to be truthful. The natural sciences in particular shaped the foundation for the way we perceive the world. So what exactly is science - especially natural science? What can we expect from it? And what not? By applying engineering to the sciences, we are able to convert knowledge into practice. By exploring both perspectives, theory and practice, we want to discuss among others, which opportunities can be explored with new information about nature and the human to find alternative food sources? What possible solutions do bio-chemics have to offer for global health pandemics? How much are scientist part of their  research? Science is a cultural phenomenon that affects the whole of society. And so we want to discuss with you and the audience to work through the complexity and multi-layered nature of this topic.


rethinking the economic sphere

Our prosperity and privileges in Germany, as in many other western countries, we owe fundamentally to one system - capitalism. The ambition is to aim higher, go faster, move further and above all produce and consume endlessly. For several years now the consequences and effects of this economic system have become prevalent and can no longer be ignored. Solutions have been proposed and change shaped in deeds by entrepreneurs who actually aim to tackle challenges like the environmental crises, social issues, or the tech revolution. However, money is still earned in immediacy and thus decisions are made with short or no foresight. How effective and long-lasting can this change be then, that is pushed by the few, if we continue to seethe in the same old structures of capitalism that supposedly proposed these challenges in the first place? What are the financial structures supporting this economic system and what possibilities do we have to rethink these structures? What are reliable measures of prosperity? What role do ethics and moral beliefs play? What opportunities does a circular economy propose? What is a paradigm shift and can we as humans trigger or control it? Can we even imagine an alternative economic system that is supported by a human-centered work culture? Or is the capitalist order on the whole with its competition, better than any alternative?


how to design for future generations

With every piece of design we create, we have the possibility to shape the world into one that is more like the one we wish to live in. Good design addresses real problems. Instead of pleasing human wants, it carries the ability to respond to human needs. Design can convert utility into behavior in context, and even further “Design has the ability to enhance humanity” as Ilse Crawford says. However, we would also want to go beyond the human-centered scope and ask ourselves how we can design as being part of nature? How can we design with a responsibility to both the planet and the people? What role do biophilic design and the principles of biomimicry play within our building industry? In what kind of cities do we want to live in? And what kind of home do we want to design for humanity? What is it exactly that shapes our moral and aesthetic values? In order to achieve good design, we must engage with people at local and bioregional levels. 


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