Female founders: propel your startup’s success by competing for your chance to take the PITCH competition title at the next Women 2.0 conference.
By Shaherose Charania (CEO, Women 2.0)
The Women 2.0 PITCH competition is back and we’re on the hunt for women who are innovating fearlessly and are leaving an impact on the world with their startup.
Sound like you? Fantastic. We want you to apply today.
If you are already familiar with our PITCH competition and are looking for a brief refresher, skip over the graph below. However, if this is the first time you’ve heard of our PITCH competition, here’s some background you probably want to know:
We choose 10 finalists from our applicants. Each finalist gets 10 minutes to pitch on stage to a panel of top investors, and additionally an audience of hundreds in the tech industry. Our panel of judges (the investors) direct questions to the finalist once they are done pitching and give real-time feedback for next steps. Before the end of the conference we announce the overall PITCH winner and the People’s Choice Award Winner - a separate award chosen by majority vote from the audience.
The overall PITCH winner will receive a PITCH prize package. In the past, prizes have included a meeting with Marc Andreessen from Andreessen Horowitz, Kevin Rose from Google Ventures, Angel Investor Esther Dyson and other top notch investors, months of office space, free legal services, a cash prize of $25,000 and more.
The deadline to apply is July 15, 2014. Make history and apply today
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so the sooner you apply the better.
What previous finalists had to say:
“Winning the PITCH Competition was fantastic... It’s amazing to get such strong validation from a panel of incredibly smart, experienced, successful VCs like Albert Wenger of USV, Joy Marcus of DFJ Gotham, Andrea Zurek of XG, Andy White of Vegas Tech Fund, and Jenny Fielding of BBC Worldwide Ventures.”
-Cynthia Schames, Founder of AbbeyPost “The slides that we used for the competition have been used in subsequent investor meetings…and we raised our $1.2m seed round. I also met another female entrepreneur at PITCH. Both of us were later accepted as TechCrunch Disrupt finalists, so I emailed her and got her advice as we went through the process.”
-Wendy Nguyen, CEO HealthyOut “At the New York PITCH event, we won the L’Oreal award, where they provided us a grant along with a year-long relationship with their Women in Digital initiative...The relationship in the WID network allowed us to move the company to New York and have a strong network of people in the technology community as it relates to consumer products.”
About the author: Shaherose is a purpose-driven Product Marketing leader. She was previously, the CEO and Co-founder of Women 2.0. She began her career working at various startups in Silicon Valley in Product Management and Marketing at: Ribbit (British Telecom), Talenthouse and JAJAH (sold to Telefonica/O2). She is an active advisor to early stage technology startups through her pre-incubator, Founder Labs which she founded in 2010 and sits on the Board of Directors for Good World Solutions. Shaherose holds a B.A. in Business Admin from The University of Western Ontario’s Richard Ivey School of Business. Follow her on Twitter at @shaherose