On a mission to empower the next generation of female entrepreneurs

Business hackathon for female founders


Xathon is a business hackathon for early-stage female founders who have their prototype ready and who want to develop and shape their entrepreneurial mindset and business. Reimagining the best elements of some of the world's most celebrated accelerator programs, Xathon has been designed to provide founders with knowledge, expertise, and the tools to build their business. At the heart of Xathon lies our matchmaking concept: direct from the start, each participant will be ideally matched with a successful entrepreneur from within the sector they are looking to disrupt - to offer personalized support, guidance, and advice. Those attending will also have the opportunity to build a strong professional network of successful VC and angel investors, early-stage and established entrepreneurs.

The whole concept of Xathon is evolving: from an Inspirational Event to an Action Event. #ChallengeAccepted

Who are we looking for?


We are looking for early-stage female founders who have accepted the challenge to build the businesses of the future; those who are pioneering a brighter path, making our planet better and using innovation as a tool for positive change. We welcome applications from female entrepreneurs – especially from the areas of sustainability tech, enterprise tech, digital innovators, D2C disruptors and those building purpose-led, next generation products, services and solutions to build a better, more sustainable world. We invite you to bring your co-founders with you – irrespective of their gender!

Why should you participate?

Former mentors

Former speakers

Former Xathon

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Henkel dx Ventures is the investment arm of Henkel's consumer goods business. Our strength lies in Henkel’s long experience in innovation and entrepreneurship, as well as in the vibrant ecosystem of diverse, inspiring people who share knowledge and ideas to rethink the future, advancing innovation across the board. Henkel dx Ventures invests in late seed start-ups and supports them in scaling their business in the consumer goods industry. Additionally, Henkel dx Ventures organizes interactive ecosystem events to spark new ideas, share best practices and explore new ways of working – like our annual Xathon, enabling female founders to showcase their innovations and solutions. At Henkel dx Ventures, we are proud to be part of Henkel’s digital unit, Henkel dx, as we create the next together.


Global Digital Women (GDW) is the leading diversity company in Germany. What started as a small networking meeting in Berlin in 2017 has grown into a company with a community of over 50,000 people from the digital industry. Their goal is to accelerate gender equality, increase the proportion of women in leadership and digital professions, and last but not least, make women with a digital focus visible and connected across industries. Important events and projects that are part of their broad offer: the Digital Female Leader Award and the programs “Bavarian Women in Digital Professions (BayFiD)" &"Women in Digital Areas (WIDA) for Schleswig-Holstein".