Europe – May 3, 2017
The fifth Women Startup Challenge showcased 10 amazing, women-led tech startups at a pitch competition held at City Hall in London. The €50,000 top prize was awarded to Alexandra Grigore of Simprints, a startup that aims to become the first identity provider for the 1.5 billion people who do not have formal IDs.
The 10 startups were chosen from close to 200 online applications. The event was co-produced by Women Who Tech and Craig Newmark of craigslist and the Craig Newmark Philanthropic Fund.
VR and AI – February 15, 2017
The fourth Women Startup Challenge, in partnership with Craig Newmark of craigslist, the Craig Newmark Foundation, and sponsored in part by Fred and Joanne Wilson, showcased and funded innovative, women-led startups focusing on Artificial Intelligence (AI), Artificial Reality (AR), and Virtual Reality (VR) that are solving problems for people, businesses, and the planet.
The 10 best AI, AR, and VR women-led startup applicants from across the U.S. were selected to pitch their startup on stage in front of a distinguished judging panel of investors and hundreds of attendees at Google in New York City on February 15, 2017. Prizes included $50,000 in cash and startup friendly services.
San Francisco, CA – June 14, 2016
The third pitch competition, held June 14, 2016 at LinkedIn in San Francisco, awarded more than $400,000 in cash and cloud services. Kiah Williams, founder of SIRUM, took home the $50,000 grand prize for her startup, which matches unused, unexpired medicine with people in need.
New York, NY – November 9, 2015
The second pitch competition, held November 9, 2015 at Microsoft in New York City, brought 10 startups before a panel of judges that included Investor Joanne Wilson and Susan Lyne of BBG Ventures. Dr. Sabine Seymour, founder of Softspot by Moonlab, took home the grand prize for her seamless sensor system for clothing.
Washington, DC – June 30, 2015
On June 30, 2015, Women Who Tech held the first-ever Women Startup Challenge Pitch Competition at General Assembly/1776 in Washington, D.C.
The crowdfunding campaign on Crowdrise raised over $315,000 for women ventures. An additional $50,000 was awarded to first place winner On Second Thought, co-founded by Maci Peterson!