Women Startup Challenge Europe Applications Open November 2017

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Why We're Fired Up:

Only 7% of investor money goes to women-led startups. We're going to help crush those stats!!

The Women Startup Challenge is the largest pitch competition that brings together the best early-stage women-led startups who are using tech to rapidly scale and innovate. We're a diverse network of women and men of over 10,000 entrepreneurs, engineers, investors, and industry leaders.

Our latest Women Startup Challenge pitch competition was held in San Francisco on June 14, 2016 at LinkedIn, where SIRUM took home the $50,000 Grand Prize.

Meet the Winners

The Women Startup Challenge funds and showcase game-changing women-led startups that are innovative, disruptive, and focused on solving problems for people, businesses, and the planet. We host national and regional startup challenges where 10 of the most promising startups deliver their elevator pitches on stage in front of the biggest investors and hundreds of attendees. Prizes range from $25,000 to $50,000 in addition to consultations with investors and startup-friendly services.

See why BuzzFeed and the New York Observer say that the Women Startup Challenge is one of the few organizations disrupting a culture and economy that has made it exceedingly difficult for women entrepreneurs to access capital.

Learn more about our past two Startup Challenges

WOMEN STARTUP CHALLENGE JUDGES

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Ajay Chopra

General Partner, Trinity Ventures

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Susan Kimberlin

Venture Partner, Backstage Capital

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Nisha Dua

Partner, BBG Ventures

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Lisa Stone

Entrepreneur and Cofounder, BlogHer

Finalists of the Women Startup Challenge 2016

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Babyation

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Blendoor

Katie Brenner

bluDiagnostics

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Cake

Sara Malak

ClearVest Advisers

Courtney Gras

Design Flux Technologies

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EmbraceFamily Health

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Entry Point VR

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Mohop

Kiah Williams

SIRUM

Mentors of the Women Startup Challenge 2016

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Joanna Bloor

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Monique Woodard

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Lisa Stone

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Andy Smith

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Arvind Rajan

Women Startup Database

Calling all women-led startups! Get your startup listed in the Women Startup Database. We’ll help you connect to investors, reporters, and other entrepreneurs. As Susan Lyne says, "Anyone who says they can't find good women entrepreneurs to invest in is not looking."

Join the Women Startup Database!

As Seen In . . .

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Here's the Deal . . .

Women-led startups generate more revenue than men. Yet, 93% of investor money still goes to startups founded by men despite the data.

35% Higher ROI generated by women-led private technology companies.

12% Higher revenue generated by women-led companies than men.

60% High net-worth women have earned their own fortunes.

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