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First Women 2.0 PITCH SF 2013 Startup Competition Finalist Named: Tanya Menendez’s Maker’s Row

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Applications for PITCH SF 2013 Startup Competition are still being accepted on a rolling basis until 10 finalists are selected!

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

A few weeks ago, Women 2.0 opened applications for the PITCH SF 2013 Startup Competition, inviting women-led startups from around the world to apply for a chance to pitch onstage at the Women 2.0 conference on February 14 in San Francisco.

Prizes for the competition include a meeting with an investing partner at Andreessen Horowitz along with a host of startup-friendly services.

Today, we are announcing the first PITCH SF 2013 Startup Competition finalist! New York-based Maker’s Row is a platform that makes factory-sourcing easy for designers and manufacturers.

Maker’s Row co-founder Tanya Menendez is a California native currently living in Brooklyn, New York. Prior to Maker’s Row, she worked at Goldman Sachs on automation projects, and left Goldman Sachs to become a co-owner at The Brooklyn Bakery, which supported a network of local factories and other small businesses.

She started Maker’s Row to solve Brooklyn Bakery’s problem in sourcing factories: “It would take us months to find the right factory [as we were expanding the Brooklyn Bakery business], so we decided to create Maker’s Row to solve this problem for other small businesses.”

An online marketplace for American manufacturers and designers – Maker’s Row holds the mission to make American manufacturing easy to access and simple to understand. The startup hopes to inspire the next generation of American businesses to think domestic first.

Congratulations to co-founder Tanya Menendez and her team for making it to the PITCH SF 2013 Startup Competition FINALS! See you February 14, 2013 at the Women 2.0 conference as the finalists pitch live to investors and audience for prizes.

Have you applied to the Women 2.0 PITCH SF 2013 Startup Competition yet? Applications accepted on a rolling basis here.

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 with inspiration, information and education through our platform. 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.