Women Startup Challenge: Apply Now!

7% investor money to women-led startups? Ridiculous. Let's do better.

From our contacts at Women Who Tech:

The Women Startup Challenge (in partnership with Craig Newmark, founder of craigslist and craigconnects) is back! And we want to help fund and showcase your startup. Applications for the Women Startup Challenge is open!

You’ve got from now until March 31st to apply.

Be one of 10 early-stage women-led startups from across the US to pitch your venture to a panel of the biggest investors and industry leaders including Lisa Stone, who cofounded BlogHer, and hundreds of attendees in the heart of San Francisco. Cash prizes include up to $50,000 as well as startup-friendly services. Finalists will also meet one-on-one with investors and serial entrepreneurs the day after the pitch competition at our half-day Women Startup Speed Dating event.

Since launching the first Women Startup Challenge less than a year ago, alumni have closed investment seven-figure rounds, brought on stellar advisors, got accepted into competitive accelerators, and received incredible press ranging from BuzzFeed to BET. Plus, we’ve had the support of movers and shakers including Fred and Joanne Wilson, Craig Newmark, Microsoft, Medium, BBG Ventures, 500 Startups, and more.

We think it’s BS that only 7% of investor money goes to women-led startups, and even less money’s going to startups led by women of color. If we’re going to solve the toughest problems facing our communities nationally and globally, we must foster and invest in a culture of innovation from diverse perspectives. This means helping to fund startups led by diverse founders. And that’s exactly what we’re doing with the Women Startup Challenge.

Apply to participate by March 31st at 11:59pm PT, and spread the word to women founders nationwide! We want to support as many women-led startups as possible.

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