Sponsorships

Sponsor the Women Startup Challenge

What: The Women Startup Challenge is one of the largest initiatives to fund and showcase game-changing women-led startups that are innovative, disruptive, and focused on solving problems for people, businesses, and the planet. We put capital, mentoring, pitch coaching, and resources behind women-led ventures who are creating the most innovative tech companies. Our national and global Women Startup Challenges prepare startups to pitch top investors for funding on stage at major tech companies ranging from Google to Microsoft. We also work with government agencies across Europe.  Our cohorts have raised $25 million and counting.

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.

Our Impact:
In just a few months….

  • $1M+ in cash and prizes raised to support women-led startups through the Women Startup Challenge.
  • 2000+ applicants have participated, representing diverse, women-led startups across the U.S., Canada, and Europe.
  • 40% of Women Startup Challenge finalists have been women of color.
  • 1900+ attendees comprised of founders, engineers, investors, tech press, etc.
  • #WomenStartupChallenge has trended on Twitter during each pitch competition.
  • Alumni have closed seven-figure rounds.
  • Alumni have been accepted into the most competitive accelerators like Techstars.
  • Competition and winners have received extensive press coverage (e.g., TechCrunch, Recode,
    TheNextWeb, BBC, BuzzFeed, INC, Upworthy, and more).
  • Since competing in the Women Startup Challenge, the finalists have collectively raised $25M.
  • Sponsorship support from industry movers and shakers including Fred and Joanne Wilson, Craig Newmark of craigslist and Craig Newmark Philanthropies, Google, Microsoft, Medium, Blanc and Otus, LinkedIn, BBG Ventures, 500 Startups, Office of Mayor Sadiq Khan at City Hall in London, IBM, and more.

Target Audience: Women Who Tech and the Women Startup Challenge reaches women across the U.S. and globally who are developers, engineers, entrepreneurs, designers, product managers, and leaders.

Women Who Tech Fast Facts:

  • Over 500K social reach.
  • Ranked as the top 5% of social media users.
  • 12K+ email list comprised of women in tech, diverse entrepreneurs and founders, investors, tech media, and influencers and leaders.
  • @WomenWhoTech is ranked as one of the top women in tech accounts to follow on Twitter by Forbes and Huffington Post.
  • 5 TeleSummits held and reaching 4,000+ women in tech and entrepreneurs from across the U.S.
  • 8 Women Startup Challenges held in the U.S. and London including our Women Startup Challenge Podcast and our upcoming challenge in Paris (October 2018).
  • Profiled in Fast Company, Recode, TechCrunch, Forbes, INC, BuzzFeed, Huffington Post, Glamour, Bust Magazine, BBC, etc.
  • 10 year history featuring some of the most influential women in tech and startups, such as Arianna Huffington, Lisa Stone – CoFounder of BlogHer, Rashmi Sinha – CoFounder of SlideShare, Joanne Wilson – Angel Investor, Lynne Johnson – formerly of Fast Company, and more.

Why Sponsor: Sponsors make it possible to help reshape the future of tech, diversify it, and to fund game-changing women-led startups. You make it possible for the Women Startup Challenge to happen. This is a significant opportunity for you to reach and recruit influential women and diverse entrepreneurs launching startups and working in tech. Sponsors receive prominent recognition ranging from advertising to speaking opportunities, early investment opportunities, in-person demos, and exhibiting opportunities.

SHEro Venturer: $75,000:

Be recognized as one of our biggest supporters of women in tech and startups. Connect directly with a diverse skillset of entrepreneurs, developers, engineers, designers, product managers, and leaders.

Benefits

  • Present opening remarks during the Women Startup Challenge Pitch Competition, a high profile event that always sells out. Our 2017 VR/AI Startup Challenge sold out in 24-hours.
  • Exhibitor/demo table at Women Startup Challenge, if host space permits.
  • Opportunity to meet one-on-one with each of the finalists from the Women Startup Challenge.
  • Attend Networking Reception at Startup Challenge.
  • 15 Women Startup Challenge attendee badges.
  • Logo on WomenWhoTech.com website and event ticketing platform.
  • Option to show a video or deck showcasing your company or product during the Women Startup Challenge.
  • Thank you announcement on stage at Women Startup Challenge.
  • Organization mentioned in all press and online outreach.
  • Social media exposure for organization before, during, and after the Women Startup Challenge.
  • Opportunity to plug your organization’s upcoming events, services, etc. in Women Who Tech e-newsletter updates.
  • Organization’s mission/services highlighted on WomenWhoTech.com sponsor webpage.
  • Opportunity to co-author a guest op-ed with Women Who Tech to showcase thought-leadership centered around diversity, inclusion, and innovation. Our op-eds have been featured in and have received significant traction on TechCrunch, American Banker, Medium, etc.
  • Two dedicated sponsor emails sent to our 10K+ email list.

SHEro Angel: $50,000:

Benefits

  • Present during the Women Startup Challenge Pitch Competition, a high profile event that always sells out. Our 2017 VR/AI Startup Challenge sold out in 24-hours.
  • Exhibitor/demo table at Women Startup Challenge, if host space permits.
  • Attend Networking Reception at Startup Challenge.
  • Ten Women Startup Challenge Pitch Competition attendee badges.
  • Logo on WomenWhoTech.com website and event ticketing platform.
  • Thank you announcement on stage at Women Startup Challenge.
  • Organization mentioned in all press and online outreach.
  • Social media exposure for company before, during, and after the Women Startup Challenge.
  • Opportunity to plug your organization’s upcoming events, services, etc. in Women Who Tech e-newsletter updates.
  • Organization’s mission/services highlighted on WomenWhoTech.com sponsor webpage.
  • One dedicated sponsor email sent to our 10K+ email list.

SHEro Startup: $25,000:

Benefits

  • Exhibitor/demo table at Women Startup Challenge, if host space permits.
  • Attend Networking Reception at Startup Challenge.
  • Five Women Startup Challenge Pitch Competition attendee badges.
  • Logo on WomenWhoTech.com website and event ticketing platform.
  • Thank you announcement on stage at Women Startup Challenge.
  • Organization mentioned in all press and online outreach.
  • Social media exposure for company before, during, and after the Women Startup Challenge.
  • Opportunity to plug your organization’s upcoming events, services, etc. in Women Who Tech e-newsletter updates.
  • Organization’s mission/services highlighted on WomenWhoTech.com sponsor webpage.

SHEropreneur: $15,000:

Benefits

  • Attend Networking Reception at Startup Challenge.
  • Three Women Startup Challenge attendee badges.
  • Logo on WomenWhoTech.com website and event ticketing platform.
  • Thank you announcement at Women Startup Challenge.
  • Organization mentioned in all press and online outreach.
  • Organization’s mission/services highlighted on WomenWhoTech.com sponsor webpage.

To Become A Sponsor:

Contact Allyson Kapin via email at Allyson@womenwhotech.com.

Some additional sponsorship opportunities may be available, in addition to those listed above.