Fast Pitch 2 - Women Founders Network
Women Founders Network provides capital, visibility and mentorship for female founders. Our annual Fast Pitch competition awards cash and services to women entrepreneurs.
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2018 Fast Pitch

Women entrepreneurs across all industries are invited to apply to compete in our annual Fast Pitch Competition. Through two rounds of voting, the top 10 companies are selected to compete on-stage at the annual Fast Pitch Event for $35,000+ in cash awards plus professional services.

Applications for the 2018 Fast Pitch will be accepted May 1-June 10. A link to apply will be posted here on May 1st.

Congratulations to the 2017 winners:

1st place/$20,000: Tea Drops
2nd place/$7,500: Blue Fever
3rd place/$2,500: Blendoor
Junior Judge Winner/$5,000: Blendoor

2017 Fast Pitch Finalists

criteria for applying

  • Founder/CEO must be a woman or business must be majority-owned by a woman.
  • Must attend in-person to present in Los Angeles at the Fast Pitch Event.
  • Business must be past the idea stage > revenue preferred
  • Must have raised no more than $1M in outside funding, excluding research grants.
  • Seeking early stage businesses based in USA with high-growth potential.

am i eligible? application guidelines

Apply for the 2018 competition May 1-June 10.

Application Guidelines PDF
View our guidelines for the 2017 Fast Pitch.

key benefits

  • Connection with Angel Investors and Venture Capital Funds focused on women founders.
  • Cash investment potential from investors that attend the Fast Pitch Event.
  • Ongoing support network of successful businesswomen committed to building the female entrepreneur ecosystem.

2018 Timeline

Check the Events page for details on upcoming events.

May 1, 2018
Application opening day
WFN Kick-off Event

May 30, 2018
Female Founder Workshops

June 10, 2018
Application deadline (midnight PT)

June 25, 2018
Top 20 companies from Round 1 selected and advance to Round 2

July 9, 2018
Top 10 companies from Round 2 announced and advance to Round 3 (Fast Pitch Event)

July TBD, 2018
Top 10 Mixer – meet the Top 10 finalists

September 5, 2018
Dolphin Tank with Springboard Enterprises

September 25, 2018
Female Founder Workshops

October 16, 2017
Fast Pitch Event – Top 10 companies compete on-stage for cash prizes

Prize Packages

$30,000+

(cash)

Prizes will be awarded.

$5,000

(cash)

Junior Judges’ award cash prize to their winner.

$100,000+

(value)

Top 10 companies receive prize value in professional services.

top 10 finalists

  • Receive one-on-one coaching to prepare for the fast pitch.
  • Assigned a CEO Mentor for 3 hours of consultation.
  • Meet & greet with WFN judges, board members, sponsors.

Photo Gallery

Check out images from past events!

Testimonials

“The WFN partners have helped me advance my business at such a critical point in my journey. They’re knowledgeable in their given fields and above all awesome to work with!”

Jill Angelo,
Founder, Genneve
Winner 2016 Fast Pitch Competition

“Because you invited Andrew Siegel to that Fast Pitch event, DigiTour is funded!”

Meridith Valiando Rojas,
CEO and Co-Founder, DigiTour Media
Finalist 2013 Fast Pitch Competition

“I now have a much larger network of mentors, entrepreneurs and wonderful women I can call on for advice.”

Kelsey Doorey,
CEO and Co-Founder, Vow to be Chic
Finalist 2013 Fast Pitch Competition

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