Early-stage women-led ventures: apply by Friday, June 29 for the free Founder Showcase Pitch Competition!

By Jonathan Greechan (Partner, The Founder Institute)

For our last Founder Showcase event in April, only 2 out of 70+ Pitch Competition applicants were female-led companies. That was the lowest percentage we’ve seen (by far) across all past 10 Founder Showcase events, so we’re hoping we can increase the percentage this time around.

The Founder Showcase Pitch Competition is 100% free, and focuses on finding new and promising seed-stage startups. Any company less than two years old with less than $250,000 in funding is eligible, and over $40 million has been raised by previous presenters.

Past female-led companies to compete on stage include Be Scrappy, Ergolution, Fashioning Change, MemeTales, Micromobs, and Tripping.

Applications to the Pitch Competition are due this Friday, June 29, 2012. Get your applications in today!

The 11th Founder Showcase will take place Wednesday, July 25 at the Microsoft Silicon Valley Campus. Guests will be treated to an entertaining Pitch Competition featuring eight promising seed-stage companies, as well as talks by Kevin Rose (Founder of Digg, Partner at Google Ventures), Aaron Levie (Co-Founder & CEO of Box), and Hiten Shah (CEO of KISSmetrics). Appetizers and drinks will also be served in a networking hall full of other hot startups demoing their wares in the Demo Table Competition.

Women 2.0 members save 15% with discount code “w20″ when you register here.

Want to win a free demo table? Help us spread the word by tweeting a message with the hashtag #FounderShowcase and the URL http://bit.ly/9OlVo8, or RSVPing for the event on Facebook, LinkedIn or Plancast. On Friday, July 20, we will randomly select one winner, announcing the person on our @founding account.

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About the guest blogger: Jonathan Greechan is a Partner at The Founder Institute, a global network of startups and mentors launching hundreds of companies per year in over 20 locations worldwide. He is also a Partner at TheFunded, the web’s leading online community of technology entrepreneurs to share fundraising advice, and produces the Founder Showcase, a quarterly startup pitch and networking event in Silicon Valley. Throughout his career he has advised hundreds of startups on marketing and PR. Follow him on Twitter at @jonnystartup.