Founded in 2015, Blooming Founders is a brand that aims to help early stage female entrepreneurs and diverse teams succeed.
With our ecosystem of products and services, we want to create new opportunities for female founders and enable them to build profitable businesses.
We do this by helping them to expand their network, by providing practical business education and by facilitating access to investors.
While we work with women in mind, we welcome people of all genders to be part of what we do.
VISION & MISSION
We have a vision of the world where everyone is equally empowered and enabled to turn their ideas profitable businesses, whatever their gender, age, race or societal background.
We are on a mission to create the best environment for female founders to build the business of their dreams.
Always keep blooming (i.e. growing)
Give before you take
Be kind to yourself and others
Stay humble and carry on
MEET THE FOUNDER
My name is Lu Li, the founder of the Blooming Founders. I'm so glad that you've found us!
A lot of people ask me why and how I started Blooming Founders, so I wanted to write a couple of paragraphs to share my story.
Once upon a time, I was living my life trying to achieve what other people expected from me, ticking a lot of boxes. I graduated from business school with distinction and my CV read like a list of "Most Desirable Companies To Work For". My parents were proud, but I was (kind of) not.
I felt I could do better, be more creative and I didn't want to leave my career in the hands of corporate politics. Consequently, I quit my job and started my own business. Little did I know what I was doing.
I was in Germany at the time and there was no startup ecosystem around me. No events to go to or people to meet and learn from. You just had to take the leap (and google a lot to find your way).
It took me two ventures and three years to find something that I found meaningful and impactful enough to build and grow as a business.
In hindsight, I could have done a lot of things differently. I wasted a lot time and money. Something like Blooming Founders could have saved me from making all these mistakes - but it didn't exists.
So I created it.
I wanted to fill the gaps in the ecosystem and started to imagine: What would the startup ecosystem look like if it hadn't been invented by geeky guys in Silicon Valley?
With this in mind, I will let you browse our website and discover the world of Blooming Founders.