Introduction

Startup Genome and We Rise have partnered to study female leaders and women working in the European technology startup ecosystem. They are supported in this initiative by StartupAmsterdam, a program from the City of Amsterdam. All parties are working together to analyze the women in technology landscape in Europe and rank the 25 top European ecosystems for female leaders.

Startup Genome and We Rise have considered the percentage of funding that female founders received, the overall percentage of female leaders in tech startups in Europe, and the percentage of women working in technology, among other factors.  

Key findings from the analysis include that:

  • The Top Five European ecosystems for female founders and CEOs in Europe are London, Paris, Berlin, Stockholm, and Dublin, respectively.
  • The number of female tech founders in Europe remains under 15%.
  • In the top 25 cities ranked, an average of 25% of tech jobs were held by women.
  • The scale-up success rate of female founders in Europe is highest in Brussels, Amsterdam, and Barcelona.


Insights gleaned from this analysis will assist Europe’s entrepreneurial tech community leaders and stakeholders in identifying how to foster more new female-led tech startups, how to involve more women in tech-related jobs, and how to accelerate the business success of women in the tech ecosystem.

“These insights into the share of female leaders in tech startups confirm a perceived gap in gender equality, but also reveal a huge opportunity,” says Hazel Boydell, Editor in Chief at Startup Genome. “By providing a better understanding of the landscape, we hope to encourage real action toward gender parity in both European and global technology ecosystems.”

“Looking at current data and rankings, the Amsterdam ecosystem needs to do better when it comes to the representation of women in entrepreneurship and tech,” says Semra Celebi, Female Entrepreneurship and Women in Tech Lead at StartupAmsterdam. “Therefore, StartupAmsterdam joined forces with We Rise, bringing together more than 20 female-focused organizations to create and accelerate the change that is needed in Amsterdam and beyond. We hope that in the coming years, corporates and other ecosystem stakeholders will join us on this collaborative mission to create a startup and tech ecosystem that truly reflects Amsterdam society.”