Top 10 Finalists Announced: PITCH NYC 2012 Startup Competition, Competition Culminates November 14!

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Join us for PITCH NYC Conference & Competition on November 14.

By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

The PITCH NYC 2012 Startup Competition received 275+ applications from over 24 countries. Today, we announce the 10 women-led startups selected by 30 seasoned VCs and angel investors to compete on November 14, 2012 at PITCH NYC for prizes.

We are excited to introduce the finalists of the 2012 Women 2.0 PITCH NYC Startup Competition (in alphabetical order):



Company: ActivityHero
Elevator pitch: “ActivityHero is a social marketplace for kids activities. We make it easy for busy parents to find, plan & coordinate after-school activities & summer camps.”
Located in: San Jose, CA
Founder(s): Chandini Ammineni, Shipa Dalmia, Peggy Chang



Company: Alike
Elevator pitch: “Alike is purchase research made simple.”
Located in: Bellevue, WA
Founder(s): Maria Renhui Zhang



Company: Citizen Made
Elevator pitch: “Citizen Made is a visual product customization toolkit for online stores.”
Located in: Chicago, IL
Founder(s): Rachel Brooks, Bryn McCoy



Company: Clear Returns
Elevator pitch: “Clear Returns intelligently protects retail profit using predictive analytics to identify the product, customers & behaviors driving apparel returns.”
Located in: Glasgow, Scotland
Founder(s): Vicky Brock



Company: EatDrinkJobs
Elevator pitch: “EatDrinkJobs is the easiest way to hire and be hired in the hospitality community.”
Located in: New York, NY
Founder(s): Julie Lerner



Company: LightningBuy
Elevator pitch: “LightningBuy enables ecommerce retailers to sell on mobile directly from Facebook posts, Tweets, Pinterest pins, Google search results, QR codes, or any ad campaign without a mobile site, app, or Facebook storefront.”
Located in: Greenwich, CT
Founder(s): Carissa Ganelli, Jeffrey Oh, Stephanie Leung



Company: Maternova
Elevator pitch: “Maternova is a pathbreaking global marketplace and online community aggregating life-saving health technologies to save mothers and newborns.”
Located in: Providence, RI
Founder(s): Meg Wirth



Company: NewlyWish
Elevator pitch: “NewlyWish is an online wedding registry gifting service that unites independent shops and brands with couples creating gift lists.”
Located in: New York, NY
Founder(s): Amanda Allen, Robard Williams, Mark Bartlett



Company: The Daily Muse
Elevator pitch: “The Daily Muse provides engaging job search & end-to-end career development for professionals.”
Located in: New York, NY
Founder(s): Kathryn Minshew, Alex Cavoulacos, Melissa McCreery



Company: Whit.li
Elevator pitch: “Whit.li provides Enterprises with unprecedented social media intelligence by segmenting fans and followers in real-time, based on personality, lifestyle and real interests.”
Located in: Austin, TX
Founder(s): Andi Gillentine, Jack Holt

Congrats to the female founders of ActivityHero, Alike, Citizen Made, Clear Returns, EatDrinkJobs, LightningBuy, Maternova, NewlyWish, The Daily Muse and Whit.li.

Watch these startups pitch live to a judging panel on November 14, 2012 at PITCH NYC Conference & Competition for prizes such as investor meetings and $25,000 cash. You can get your ticket to join 800+ men and women in tech/entrepreneurship/business for PITCH here.

Thanks to everyone for applying to PITCH – see you on November 14 as we watch who wins top prize!

Women 2.0 readers: Which finalists for PITCH NYC Startup Competition are you most interested in? Let us know in the comments!

About the writer: Angie Chang is Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder of Women 2.0, a media company offering content, community and conferences for aspiring and current women innovators in technology. Our mission is to increase the number of female founders of technology startups. Previously, Angie held roles in product management and web UI design. Angie holds a B.A. in English and Social Welfare from UC Berkeley. Follow her on Twitter at @thisgirlangie.