These 5 amazing ventures are part of F-LANE III

More than 180 startups from 57 countries applied for the third round of F-Lane. These are the five startups which made the final cut.

The five most innovative and high-potential digital impact ventures focusing on female empowerment have secured a place in the next round of the Vodafone Institute-initiated, Europe-wide accelerator programme. The Vodafone Institute selected the five most impressive candidates for F-LANE, including startups and social ventures from Germany, the USA, Pakistan, the UK and Uganda. They will now be participating in a seven-week accelerator programme in Berlin that includes mentorship and training, plus access to networks and funding.

The programme mission is to foster the participation of women in technological development and to empower girls and women around the world through technology. F-LANE collaborates with the Impact Hub Berlin and the Social Entrepreneurship Akademie to source innovative technology startups around the world that focus on women, provide an enterprising solution to a social problem and have the potential to make a wide impact. The majority of the startups in the last F-LANE rounds received investments at the end of the accelerator programme – some as high as EUR 4.5 million.

The seven-week accelerator programme in Berlin begins on 16 March 2018 and culminates with a pitch by the five F-LANE finalists to investors and decision-makers in business, media and politics in early May. Alice Deissner, the Vodafone Institute’s Director of Strategy and Programmes commented, “There’s a lot of prejudice against women in the technology sector, and the number of disadvantaged women is alarming. We need programmes like F-LANE to put this issue on the agenda and make people aware of just how many outstanding business models and inspiring female founder teams there are out there.”


Washington DC, United States of America
Mama Bird


Mamabird facilitates the transportation and delivery of life-saving medical supplies to remote African villages and communities; to women and children who live on the fringes of society and often need the most care, but are unable to access it. The medical supplies are delivered by drones that can carry packages of up to 10-15 kg in weight over a distance of 100 km.
Founders: Thomas Lauzon, Florent Martell & Eugene Maseya


Berlin, Germany

FinMarie is the first online investment platform in Germany created by women for women. The FinMarie business concept involves the assessment of the female investors’ personal goals, individual needs and interests as the basis for a personalised financial plan. Daily portfolio monitoring by FinMarie ensures that its female investors stay on track to achieve their goals. The individual portfolios are created with the help of a mathematical algorithm that forecasts different market scenarios.
Founder: Karolina Decker


Kampala, Uganda 

Breast IT developed a glove with piezoelectric crystals on the surface that produce ultrasound. When the glove is switched on and placed on the breast, ultrasound images of the inside of the breast are created and transmitted via phone for analysis. This glove makes breast cancer screening less expensive and considerably easier to access.
Founder: Moris Atwin


Islamabad, Pakistan

Doctory plans to revolutionise Pakistan’s healthcare service. It’s developed a search engine that uses machine learning and feedback mechanisms to provide patients with reliable information about healthcare, medical specialists and health service reviews. It also simplifies access to health services and specialists in Pakistan with an appointments service and local support.
Founders: Maliha Khalid & Ayyaz Kayani


London, United Kingdom

Free_D is a social enterprise with a mission to support and up-skill girls and women who are survivors of trafficking or at high risk of being trafficked. It provides training to develop them into artisan jewellery makers. With the help of a partner factory, the women are trained to use CAD design and 3D printing technology, and they also get social and psychological support from a local NGO specialising in trafficking. The jewellery that is made using 3D printing technology will be sold around the world by ethical and social retailers.
Founders: Katherine Prescott & Siavash Mahdavi


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