Female Business Angels Podcast

Female Business Angels Podcast Live: Founderland


Mar 10th 2022
18:30 – 20:30


Factory Berlin Görlitzer Park

Join to learn more about Founderland & their mission to level the playing field for entrepreneurs, by addressing the most underrepresented.

Female Business Angels Podcast, hosted by Bettine Schmitz and Katia Yakovleva, gives voice to the most active and passionate female business angels and scouts, and gets their individual perspective on investing and changing the world.

This special live podcast recording for International Women’s Month examines the status of startup funding for the “global majority” - women of color (WOC) - and interviews features the team behind Founderland (Alina Bassi, Deborah Choi, Stephanie von Behr) about their work to empower just that.


  • 6.30 - 7.00
    Doors Open
  • 7.00 - 7.45
    Female Business Angels Live Podcast Recording (ft. Founderland)
  • 7.45 - 8.30
 About the Speakers
 About the Speakers
 About the Speakers
Female Business Angels Podcast

Only 11% of all angel investors in Europe are female. Not surprisingly less than 10% of female led European startups receive funding from the VCs at a slightly later stage. 

Female Business Angels Podcast wants to move this statistics towards 50% and hope that our podcast will inspire more women to get involved with early stage startups.

Founderland founders

Less than 0.5% of venture capital goes to women of colour founders, year over year. Founderland is committed to debunk the myth that there is a “pipeline problem”.  They bring founders, allies and investors together to get more diverse, sustainable and scalable businesses funded, by fostering a peer community of founders, offer educational programming on fundraising, and connect their member founders with capital.


Katia Yakovleva is the co-founder of SpotiAngels . Passionate about angel investing, the creator economy, consumer tech and web 3.0. 2.5+ years in angel investing. She’s  focused on building a web 3 startup, co-founded Beyond. 11+ years at Spotify (Spain and Germany). 1 year at EMI Music Publishing and Coca-Cola.

Bettine Schmitz  is the co-founder of Auxxo Female Catalyst Fund. Passionate about venture capital and female founders. 8+ years in VC and angel investing. 3+ years in product management. 4+ years in consulting.

Alina Bassi is a Co-founder of Founderland / Kleiderly and an experienced Chemical Engineer with over 7 years experience designing and building industrial factories, particularly with a focus on sustainability.

With Kleiderly she is tackling the problem of clothing waste by recycling it into a plastic alternative that can be used to produce anything from clothing hangers to furniture and more. She was recently on the Forbes 30 under 30 list for Manufacturing & Industry.

Deborah Choi is a co-founder of Founderland and Bosque. Deborah is an award-winning serial entrepreneur, with prior corporate marketing, media and business development experience.

She is a graduate of The University of Chicago, a BusinessWeek 25 under 25 for her first venture, and a recipient of Google’s first Black Founders Fund for Europe.


Stephanie is a creative and strategic marketing professional with 10+ years of experience working with startups, as a founder, consultant, mentor, and employee across arts and culture, e-commerce, lifestyle, marketplace, and fashion.

Prior to taking on the full-time role of Managing Director at Founderland, she was the Director of Strategy of Silicon Allee and the Berlin Founders Fund.  She kicked off her entrepreneurial career in 2014, as the Co-Founder of Wunderhaus, a chic space for moms to connect and recharge. She’s a community-builder, proud feminist and advocate for underrepresented groups. In her previous professional life, she was an artist and curator, examining the experience of women and girls through the lens of pop-culture and media. She is also a mother of two small humans.

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