Women Startup Grants Program
Submission Deadline05/31/2020
Description

How Does the Women Startup Grants Program Work?

Once you apply to the Women Startup Grants Program, all eligible applications (SEE RULES AND CRITERIA BELOW) will be reviewed by a panel of jurors. Five finalists will be selected to participate in our virtual pitch coaching and pitch series. Women Who Tech will then award one $10,000 equity-free grant to one of the startups.

REMINDER: Read all rules and criteria below before beginning your application.

Rules

Criteria for Applicants

  • Your startup product and mission must be tech focused across any vertical.
  • Your venture must be at the prototype stage, or have already launched. You may not apply if you are only in the concept stage.
  • Your startup must incorporate technology into the approach of your product, which allows the company to rapidly and massively scale in a manner that traditional, independent small businesses cannot. Please note that using tech (i.e. hosting a blog, selling products on your website, or using social media in your marketing) does not qualify as using tech to scale on a mass level nationally and globally.
  • Fast growing with degrees of innovation.
  • You cannot have raised more than $4.1M from combined sources.
  • You are a technical founder or you have a technical cofounder. Note: If you don’t have a technical cofounder, please email us (info@womenwhotech.com) and tell us more about your setup.
  • You must be a woman-led startup, defined as having at least one woman founder or cofounder on the team. 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.
  • All ideas must be original work or an improvement upon an existing idea without infringements.

Rules for Applicants

  • Your startup must be located within North America.
  • Note: Agencies or consulting businesses are not eligible unless you have created a product that fits the above criteria.
  • The (co)founder applying for the grant must be a woman. Reminder: Women Who Tech uses an inclusive definition of “woman” and “female”, and we welcome all women, including ciswomen, transwomen, genderqueer women, and non-binary people who identify, have identified, or have been identified as female or woman.
  • All applications must be submitted in English, and all pitches must be given in English.
  • Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis from February 25 until May 31, 2020 at 11:59 pm PT.
  • Applications will only be accepted online through the application portal on Reviewr.com.
  • No applicant may reach out to judges, sponsors, and/or partners in advance of the grant process advocating for their startup. Anyone who does will be disqualified. If you have any conflicts of interest, please reach out to the Women Who Tech team (info@womenwhotech.com) prior to submitting your application.
  • Women Who Tech reserves the right to select and reject grant applicants at any time.
  • All grant finalists are required to virtually participate in the Women Startup Grants Program's pitch series.

Prizes

  • Women Who Tech will award one finalist a $10,000 equity-free cash grant.
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