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Verena Pausder

Founder & CEO, Fox & Sheep (2012) and HABA Digitalwerkstatt (2016)

As Founder and CEO of Fox & Sheep (2012) and HABA Digitalwerkstatt (2016) Verena Pausder is passionate about the digital life and education of children. While they can discover the digital world in a playful and gentle way by using Apps like “Nighty Night” or “Little Builders” from Fox & Sheep, they look behind the digital scenes and are empowered to shape their world in an active and creative way at HABA Digitalwerkstatt. Both companies are success stories: Fox & Sheep is the largest developer of apps for kids in Germany and with over 20 million downloads among the top ten in Europe. HABA Digitalwerkstatt meanwhile is not only represented at 8 locations throughout Germany, but starting mobile spaces for digital education on schoolyards in North Rhine-Westphalia. Verena is driven by a great vision: All children are supposed to access digital education equally. Therefore, Verena founded the non-profit association Digitale Bildung für Alle e.V. in 2017. Commitment, networking and a hands-on approach are important to Verena: She started the initiative STARTUP TEENS to teach students entrepreneurial skills. Furthermore, Verena is a member of the Board of Alfred Herrhausen Society. She also gives first-hand advice on current issues of digitalization on the political level: She serves as a member of the Innovation Council for the Minister of State for Digitalisation, Dorothee Bär, and she is a member of the „Young Digital Economy“ Advisory Board of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. In 2016 Verena was named Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.