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 accepted May 1-June 10, 2018.

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 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

am i eligible? application guidelines

Apply for this year’s competition May 1-June 10, 2018.

PDF DownloadApplication Guidelines PDF
View our guidelines for the 2018 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

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 5, 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 prizes

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.
  • Connection with a Mentor post-Fast Pitch.
  • Meet & greet with WFN judges, board members, sponsors, and investors.

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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