Calling all female founders of early-stage tech startups! Are you looking for investment, mentorship, and fame for your startup? Look no further than i/o ventures’ WIE Prize!Apply to win $25k investment from i/o ventures (for 8% common stock in your company) along with 4 months of office space at the i/o ventures office in San Francisco.
Women 2.0 will offer the winner mentorship from four of the biggest female names in tech: Chris Shipley (Co-Founder, Guidewire Group), Kim Polese (Founder & CEO, SpikeSource), Sukhinder Singh Cassidy (CEO, Polyvore), Theresia Gouw Ranzetta (Partner, Accel). The winner also receives mentorship from the founders of i/o ventures and Silicon Valley startup executives.

Apply here for the i/o ventures prize — Please specify “WIE Prize” next to your company name in the application. Deadline to enter is September 10th, 2010.

The winning team will be flown out to New York City and announced at…
The Women: Inspiration & Enterprise (WIE) Symposium on September 20th, 2010! The symposium will take place in New York, timed to coincide with the Clinton Global Initiative and the UN General Assembly. Talks and panels with high profile speakers like Sarah Brown, Arianna Huffington, and Donna Karan will inspire attendees drawn from the worlds of politics, philanthropy, technology, media, fashion and the arts. For more info and to register for the symposium, click here.

Women 2.0 members save 10% on tickets to WIE Symposium with coupon code “Women 2.0”

Update on the WIE Prize Winner

For three months, we searched for the next female tech trailblazing entrepreneur. Today, we are pleased to announce Charlene Kuperstein (Co-Founder, AppRats) as the winner of the 1st WIE Prize.

Charlene Kuperstein (Co-Founder & CEO, AppRats)
Charlene has been involved in the startup world for the last three years. In this time she has been continually developing the skills and knowledge necessary to build and launch products that can attract millions of users. She is a self-taught programmer who knew that learning this skill was her best path to making a significant impact on the world. Charlene’s head has always been in the stars, from looking through telescopes at age three, to earning her degree in Astrophysics at Columbia University.

AppRats creates a suite of Facebook, iPhone and Android applications that enable content providers to distribute their content to their community. They deliver notifications highly integrated into each of these platforms that let users know whenever new content is available. AppRats is focused on dominating the emerging YouTube video market and are currently working with 5 of the top 10 content producers on all of YouTube. AppRats recognized there was a strong need for their technology and have since seen exponential growth in their users. Their user base is currently growing at a continually increasing rate of 7,000 users per day. AppRats is getting over 2 million page views per month, and in just two months have distributed over 40,000 iPhone apps. Congratulations Charlene and we wish you nothing but success!
The i/o ventures & WIE Prize includes:

  • Up to $25,000 investment for which i/o ventures will receive 8% Common Stock.
  • Free office space for 4 months in i/o ventures HQ in San Francisco’s Mission District.
  • Mentorship from four of Women 2.0’s most prominent members, and the founders of i/o ventures who comprise of some of the most successful founders in Silicon Valley recent history.

The Women 2.0 Mentors:

  • Kim Polese (CEO, SpikeSource),li>Chris Shipley (CEO, Guidewire Group)
  • Theresia Gouw Ranzetta (Partner, Accel)
  • Sukhinder Singh Cassidy (CEO, Polyvore)

The i/o ventures Founders/Mentors:

  • Aber Whitcomb (previously Co-Founder & CTO, MySpace)
  • Ashwin Navin (previously Co-Founder & President, BitTorrent)
  • Jim Young (previously Co-Founder, CTO, & CTO,
  • Paul Bragiel (Co-Founder, Lefora)