Munich was rated the world’s most liveable city by the Monocle’s Quality of Life Survey 2018. With an extensive and fascinating history, green spaces, cosmopolitan atmosphere and desirable lifestyle, it is no surprise that a host of international residents have chosen to call Germany’s third biggest city home.
The Bavarian capital is known across Germany and internationally as a major hub not only for finance and technology, but the arts, culture and a great deal of innovation. The city’s fast growing startup scene is exciting and diverse, making Munich one of the top cities for digital entrepreneurs in Europe. Located close to Switzerland, Austria and France, Munich is home to the second busiest airport in Germany and is extremely well-connected by high speed rail.
There are an increasing number of women in business in Munich, with many success stories of women and mum-owned businesses in the Bavarian start-up scene. In recent years, the city has made real strides in improving access to childcare and support for local and expat mum entrepreneurs in Munich. More and more women are choosing to work from home, with online business ideas for mums making a healthier work-life balance for busy mums more accessible than ever. This shift has certainly been a catalyst for change in the city, with a cultural movement towards more support for working mums. There are several non-profit organisations specifically tailored towards the needs of female founders of start-ups and women entrepreneurs in Munich.
Munich’s Guide Project is a forward thinking government-backed non-profit organisation offering advice (in German) to the city’s growing population of female entrepreneurs. Over 5,000 women entrepreneurs in Munich have benefitted from Guide’s complimentary one-to-one consultancy service so far. Guide also hosts regular seminars and workshops. HerCareer Munich is an innovative career fair for graduates, women in specialist and management positions and women entrepreneurs in Munich that has received an overwhelmingly positive response to past editions. It is one of the only career fairs focusing exclusively on women, with an emphasis on sharing knowledge and networking. In addition, the fair offers companies the opportunity to access exciting, talented women and introduce them to their innovation labs, hubs, incubators, accelerators and more.
The Founding Moms’ Exchange – Meetup is a fantastic meet up for busy mums in Munich and the surrounding areas to network and exchange ideas. Professional Women’s Network Munich – Meetup is another wonderful organisation supporting women in reaching their career goals and finding the right network to help them succeed.
MomPreneurs is a community for self-employed mothers at all stages of their business. They organise exciting talks on a range of business topics and the opportunity to exchange and network with other women entrepreneurs and founders in the city and surrounding areas München Working Moms is another group of working mothers who want to build a network of support, advice and fun for themselves in the local community. They meet once a month for a drink (usually on the third Thursday of the month).
Digital Media Women Meetups is a German-speaking networking and meetup group for women and men, to promote and make women more visible in the digital sector. They host engaging round-table talks and themed evenings with leading industry experts and are highly thought of in the Munich Digital Scene. Female Tech Leaders is another fantastic non-profit organisation for men and women who support a more gender balanced start-up and tech sector. They host regular events and offer mentorship programmes for women entrepreneurs in Munich passionate about technology.
Lia Life Atelier is the first coworking space with flexible childcare on site in Munich. Designed to feel like a home from home, the space not only offers activities like gardening and story telling for little ones, but also business workshops for local and mum entrepreneurs on a variety of useful skills, sponsored by IE Business school. They have a fantastic coworking area as well as a beautiful terrace, ideal for busy mums in the summer months. Working Moms in Munich is a group created and hosted by Lia Life Atelier, for like-minded women to meet and support one another both personally and in accomplishing their professional goals.
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