Join The First Queer &  Feminist Incubator

A 6-month online programme bringing you all the support you need to launch or grow your feminist or LGBTIQ+ project

Join over 130 European entrepreneurs &  activists
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4th Edition
Bringing you all the support you need to launch or grow your queer or feminist project

Entrepreneurship is not an easy road. When you work alone, you can get stuck or procrastinate indefinitely. Don't you have a few friends who have been talking for years about opening a bookstore-café or a website to show their artwork?

Whether you are at the idea stage or have already launched your project and are in the development phase, with BØWIE, you will never be alone. You will work with other queer and feminist project teams, connect with our Alumni·æ, Experts, and Role Models who were standing exactly where you stand today. Always find the support, inspiration, and this extra motivation boost you need from your BØWIE community. Join BØWIE and get access to the home of queer and feminist creators, to learn, connect and grow together.

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Welcome

BØWIE in 3 seconds

6-Month Online Programme from May to November 2022

Group Workshops &  1:1 Coaching

International Experts & Role Models

The 2022 Programme

1
Build the foundation of your project
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Legal, Finance & Fundraising
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3
Master Inclusion
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4
Branding & Web
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5
Outreach & Sales
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6
Impact Evaluation & Pitch
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7
Final Jury Session
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BØWIE Awards Ceremony in Geneva
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Download The BØWIE 2022 Programme

  • Our selection criteria
  • The 6-month programme timetable
  • Discover the content of each module
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What you get

Network

Connect with other queer and feminist creators from all around the world

Skills

Learn from hours of experts’ replays, templates, tools & tutorials

Guidance

Test the potential of your project and formulate a clear plan for your next steps beyond BØWIE

Feedback

Pitch your project in front of a jury and get the word out in front of an actual audience

Impact

Achieve a tangible impact on issues that matter deeply to you

Pitch For Funding

Finalist projects will get a chance to pitch for an investment up to €30'000
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Why you should join

Dominik Cavalli, Kweer Social

The whole BØWIE team was supportive in every way, gave critical yet positive feedback and they treated all the participants with respect and created a strong sense and feel for a community.

Lovis, Fluid

BØWIE helped us to get a much more clear vision of who we are and where want to go with this project.

Dunja Kobel, Vulveria

My key learning was that I can trust myself and my skills. It was very empowering.

Sandra, L'Evasure

I developed new skills, learned to trust myself, became even more inspired by seeing all the other amazing projects.

Céline Brockmann, Genitalia

BØWIE Incubator is a fantastic tool to make your project pick up speed and visibility!

Zoë Smart, Tout.te.x.s visibles

Zoë Smart Participating in the BOWIE incubator programme helped turn our ideas into a full-blown project! Recommend 100%! The Tout.te.x.s visibles team

who can apply

Participation Criteria

In 2022, we accept projects from Switzerland, Austria and Eastern European* countries. All projects will be part of the same cohort and follow the programme together, thus enabling the exchange between different countries.

*Priority countries for Eastern Europe are Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Ukraine. Other Eastern European countries can apply, but priority will be given to the five countries listed previously.

Update about Ukraine: Given the recent developments in Ukraine, we have decided not to actively reach out to Ukrainian activists at this time out of respect for the hardships they are experiencing. Of course, the doors of BØWIE remain open to Ukrainian projects, which we would welcome with open arms if they were to apply. We stand behind our fellow queer and feminist creators in Ukraine. May peace win.

SWISS PROJECTS

Types of project:
Feminist & LGBTIQ+

Revenue model:
All revenue models

Team leader age:
< 30 years old

Stage:
All stages

Price per team:
CHF 500**

** If you are under 25 years old, a student or if you are receiving social welfare benefits (unemployment, invalidity, asylum seeker or refugee status), the cost of the programme is CHF 50.-
AUSTRIAN PROJECTS

Types of project:
LGBTIQ+

Revenue model:
Non-profit

Team leader age:
All ages

Stage:
All stages

Price per team:
EUR 300

EASTERN EUROPEAN* PROJECTS

Types of project:
LGBTIQ+

Revenue model:
For-profit or hybrid

Team leader age:
All ages

Stage:
All stages

Price per team:
EUR 100

CONDITIONS FOR:
switzerland
austria
eastern europe*

Types of projects

Feminist & LGBTIQ+

LGBTIQ+

LGBTIQ+

Revenue model

All revenue models

Non-profit

For-profit or hybrid

Stage

All stages

All stages

All stages

Team leader age

< 30 years old
All ages
All ages

Price per team

CHF 500**

EUR 300

EUR 100

** If you are under 25 years old, a student or if you are receiving social welfare benefits (unemployment, invalidity, asylum seeker or refugee status), the cost of the programme is CHF 50.-
WHAT YOU GET:
all countries

Group Workshops

1x / month

1:1 Coaching

2 hours / month

1:1 Sessions With Experts

On demand

Video Courses

Ready-Made Templates

Travel & accommodation to attend the Awards Ceremony in Geneva, Switzerland (25-27 November 2022)

As a finalist project, pitch for an investment up to €30,000

If your project has an impact in a country from the Global South or East
WHAT YOU GET:
switzerland
austria
eastern europe

Group Workshops

1x / month

1x / month

1x / month

1:1 Coaching

2 hours / month

2 hours / month

2 hours / month

1:1 Sessions With Experts

On demand
On demand
On demand

Video Courses

Ready-Made Templates

Travel & accommodation to attend the Awards Ceremony in Geneva, Switzerland (25-27 November 2022)

As a finalist project, pitch for an investment up to €30,000

If your project also has an impact in a country from the global South or East
If your project also has an impact in a country from the global South or East
I'm ready to apply
Frequently
asked Questions
What are the selection criteria? What type of projects are accepted?
How much does BØWIE Incubation Programme cost?
Do you provide scholarships?
Until when can I submit my project to join BØWIE Incubation Programme 2022?
What happens after I apply? When will I know if my project has been selected?
How much time do I need to take full advantage of the Incubator?
I have already started developing my project. Will I still benefit from the programme?
What happens after BØWIE Incubation Programme?
What should I prepare in order to complete the application form?
Will all projects from different countries participate together or separately in the incubation program?
Will BØWIE 2022 still take place given the Covid-19 situation?
When will the BØWIE programme start this year?
What is the language of the programme? Why is the website in English?
I have accessiblity needs. Is BØWIE Incubation Programme adapted?