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2018 Fast Pitch

Women entrepreneurs across all industries were invited to apply to compete in our annual Fast Pitch Competition. Through two rounds of voting, the top 10 companies were selected to compete on-stage at the annual Fast Pitch Event on October 16th for $45,000 in cash awards and over $200,000 in professional services.

Congrats to the 2018 Top 10 Finalists!

  • BOXFOX, Sabena Suri, Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer, El Segundo, CA
  • CityGrows, Catherine Geanuracos, CEO & Co-Founder, Los Angeles, CA
  • Coozie Gear, Rachelle Snyder, Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Los Angeles, CA
  • Edoughble, Rana Lustyan, Founder & CEO, Los Angeles, CA
  • PantyProp, Crystal Etienne, CEO, Farmingdale, NY
  • PRZM, Kim Stiefel, CEO, Los Angeles, CA
  • Shipsi, Chelsie Lee, Co-Founder & CEO, Venice, CA
  • The Labz, Farah Allen, CEO, Mabelton, GA
  • Thousand, Gloria Hwang, Founder, Fullerton, CA
  • Zygo, Sheera Goren, CEO, Playa Vista, CA

View the press release

2018 Top 10 Finalists

2018 Timeline

Check the Events page for details on upcoming events.

May 1, 2018 – Application opening day

May 8, 2018 – WFN Kick-off Event: What Are Angel Investors and How Do They Invest?

May 30, 2018 – Female Founder Workshops

June 10, 2018 – Application deadline (midnight PDT)

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 24, 2018 – Top 10 Mixer – meet the Top 10 finalists

September 12, 2018 – Dolphin Tank with Springboard Enterprises

September 15, 2018 – Female Founder Workshops

October 16, 2018 – Fast Pitch Event – Top 10 companies compete on-stage for cash & services!

criteria for applying

The next application period begins in spring 2019.

  • 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 or proof of concept
  • Must have raised no more than $1M in outside funding, excluding research grants
  • Seeking early stage businesses based in USA with high-growth potential

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.

top 10 finalists

  • Receive one-on-one coaching to prepare for the fast pitch.
  • Participate in the Dolphin Tank with Springboard Enterprises
  • Connection with a Mentor post-Fast Pitch.
  • Meet & greet with WFN judges, board members, sponsors, and investors.

Prize Packages

$40,000

(cash)

Prizes will be awarded.

$5,000

(cash)

Junior Judges’ award cash prize to their winner.

$200,000+

(value)

Top 10 companies receive prize value in professional services.

am i eligible? application guidelines

The deadline to apply for this year’s competition  was June 10, 2018.

PDF DownloadApplication Guidelines PDF
View our guidelines for the 2018 Fast Pitch.

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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