2017 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.

Congrats to the 2017 Fast Pitch Winners:
1st place/$20,000: Tea Drops
2nd place/$7,500: Blue Fever
3rd place/$2,500: Blendoor
Jr. Judges Award/$5,000: Blendoor

Missed the deadline this year? Applications for the 2018 competition open in May.

criteria for applying

  • Founder/CEO must be a woman or business must be majority-owned by women.
  • 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

Application deadline was June 1, 2017.
Apply for next year’s competition in May 2018.

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.

2017 Timeline

June 19, 2017
Top 20 companies from Round 1 selected and advance to Round 2.

July 17, 2017
Top 10 companies from Round 2 announced and advance to Round 3 (Fast Pitch).

July 27, 2017
Appreciation Event & Social Mixer with Top 10.

October 19, 2017
Top 10 companies present on-stage at the Fast Pitch Event.

Prize Packages



Prizes will be awarded.



Junior Judges’ award cash prize to their winner.



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!


“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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