By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)
With 290 applicants from 28 countries and 27 different states in the United States, 30 investor judges selected 10 finalists to present onstage today at the Women 2.0 Conference. After the closest race to date, PITCH Competition Director Rebecca Lipon announced that the winner of the 2013 PITCH SF Startup Competitionis Angaza Design - congrats to CEO Lesley Marincola for the win! She will get a meeting with one of the lead partners at Andreessen Horowitz as well as angel investor Esther Dyson.
The runner-up for the PITCH SF 2013 Startup Competition was Greengar for their new Smartboard product, presented onstage by CEO Thuy Truong who flew in from Vietnam to pitch at the conference.
The People's Choice award, as voted by the Women 2.0 community on Twitter, was awarded to Bia Sport. Congratulations to Bia Sport CEO Cheryl Kellond on winning the vote!
And thanks to everyone who applied to the PITCH SF 2013 Startup Competition as well as every other startup competition we've had in the past - it is a great feat to repeatedly put yourself out there and shoot for the stars. This is why we look at successful entrepreneurs as heroes - they are the ones who survived the troughs of sorrow and persisted even when they met failures daily.
Thank you for joining Women 2.0 for our annual conference and we hope to see you on Friday night at the Founder Friday in San Francisco, hosted by successful entrepreneur Ruchi Sanghvi (her startup was acquired by Dropbox) at the Zoosk office.
We thank and appreciate you for being a part of our community of aspiring and current entrepreneurs! And thank you to our supporters - the investors, the technologists, the startup ecosystem - everyone for being support of our mission to increase the number of women starting high-growth high-tech startups.
Follow the conversation on Twitter with hash tag #w2conf today and shout out to Women 2.0 at @women2!
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.