Congratulations to PathSpot for winning the $50,000 grand prize.
Women Who Tech’s eighth Women Startup Challenge showcased 10 of the best early stage women-led startups in North America who are building products to solve big problems. The pitch competition was done in partnership with Craig Newmark, founder of craigslist and Craig Newmark Philanthropies, and was held at Google in New York City on May 29, 2019.
Pitching Cofounder: Christine Schindler
PathSpot was awarded the grand prize of $50,000 for their innovative hand-scanning system that eliminates the threat of foodborne illness by instantly detecting invisible signs of bacteria and viruses that cause foodborne illness including Norovirus, E.coli, Listeria, Hepatitis A, and Salmonella.
Audience Choice Award
Pitching Cofounder: Stephanie Yim
The Audience Choice Award went to Stephanie Yim, cofounder of Good Call, who will receive $120,000 in cloud services from Google for establishing a centralized 24/7 arrest support hotline for those detained to provide legal support in under a minute.
The eight other finalists – Basepaws, Ejenta, Elidah, Farm Fare, i-Subz, Metalmark Innovations, Queen of Raw and The Growcer – each will receive $20,000 in cloud services from Google.
Watch the Pitch Competition
Photos from the Event
Meet the Finalists
Meet the 10 finalists who were selected from hundreds of women-led startup applicants.
- Basepaws — Pitching Founder: Anna Skaya
- Ejenta — Pitching Founder: Rachna Dhamija
- Elidah — Pitching Founder: Gloria Kolb
- Farm Fare — Pitching Founder: Cullen Naumoff
- Good Call NYC — Pitching Founder: Stephanie Yim
- i-Subz — Pitching Founder: Jasmine Edwards
- Metalmark Innovations — Pitching Founder: Sissi Liu
- PathSpot — Pitching Founder: Christine Schindler
- Queen of Raw — Pitching Founder: Stephanie Benedetto
- The Growcer — Pitching Founder: Alida Burke
Our panel of investors includes:
- Nashilu Mouen-Makoua, Investor at First Round Capital
- Ellie Wheeler, Partner at Greycroft
- Jen Wolf, Partner and COO of Initialized Capital
- Jennifer Fielding, Managing Director of Techstars and Cofounder of The Fund
- Nisha Dua, General Partner at BBG Ventures
Awards and Prizes
In addition to the $50,000 cash grant (equity-free), all 10 finalists received fundraising pitch coaching leading up to the Women Startup Challenge and attended a half day mentoring event in partnership with Techstars in NYC where they met one-on-one with investors at Silicon Valley Bank.
Note: Women Who Tech uses an inclusive definition of “woman” and “female”, and we welcome transwomen, genderqueer women, and non-binary people who identify, have identified, or have been identified as female or woman.