Women Startup Challenge Podcast

Congratulations to the Winners of the Women Startup Challenge Podcast Season One!

1st Place: Yask

Pitching Founder: Andrea Higuera (Colombia)

A global community of native speakers paired with AI to offer quality translations and proofreading in real time.

Second Place: Motivo (United States)

Audience Choice Award: VitalSines (Canada)

Rachel McCrickard


Second Place Winner

A platform providing clinical supervision for mental health professionals online.

Sarah Goodman


Audience Choice Winner

Creator of iHeart, a fingertip device that calculates your internal age.

Andrea Higuera


First Place Winner

A global community of native speakers paired with AI to offer quality translations and proofreading in real time.

Rafaela Cavalcanti


Provides nano-credit and financial literacy resources, via an app, to the poor and the unbanked.

Faith Kimeu

Dial A Pad

A platform to holistically tackle the lack of menstrual equity and sexual reproductive health for Kenyan women.

Camilla Olson


An AI platform that curates personalized fashion collections based on shopper’s individual shape and proportion.

Patricia Lopez


Electronic health record (EHR) platform for physicians to capture patient data via smartphone.

Abigail Edgecliffe-Johnson


Reinventing radio-control cars for DIY makers and STEM learners.

Estella Gabriel

Second Screen

Repackages and streams feature films as bite-size sophisticated series for the mobile culture.

Abi Ramanan


Combines hyperspectral imaging with machine learning to provide information about the quality of foods.

About the Women Startup Challenge Podcast

Women Who Tech is on a mission to fund women-led startups. Why? Because only 1.9% of Venture Capital (VC) funding went to women-led startups in 2017. For women of color (WOC), the numbers are even more dismal: 0.2% get VC money. These barriers are crushing women’s economic power.

That’s where we come in. Nearly 2,000 early-stage ventures (40% WOC) have applied to our Women Startup Challenges, cohosted by Google, Microsoft, LinkedIn, and more. We’ve succeeded in enabling more than $20 million raised for women founders.

These 10 finalists from around the world were selected to pitch their tech venture virtually on our Podcast before prominent investors. Our investor guests for this season were Adam Zuckerman, Director of Discovery Ventures and Allie Burns, Managing Director of Village Capital. The grand prize winner received $5,000 as a cash grant for their startup.

The winning startup will be chosen through a hybrid approach: 40% will be the investors’ decision, 30% will be average public rating, and 30% will be the Women Who Tech team’s decision. Thank you to everyone who subscribed and rated each pitch.

Women Who Tech is supported by Craig Newmark Philanthropies, the Pineapple Fund, and more.