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Applications for 2021 are now closed
WOMEN FOUNDERS NETWORK 9th ANNUAL
FAST PITCH COMPETITION

APPLICATION CRITERIA

Since 2013, our Fast Pitch competition has helped early-stage women-led businesses craft their stories, messages, monetization plans, legal structure and more. The individualized attention received by finalists allows these women entrepreneurs to become pitch-ready in a way that makes their business much more appealing to Angels and VCs to support funding to scale.

Please note:

Applications are closed for the 2021 pitch competition.

In 2022, Fast Pitch applications will be accepted April-May.

Until then, be sure you're on our mailing list to stay informed!

WOMAN FOUNDER

Founder/Co-Founder/CEO must be a woman or business must be majority-owned by a woman 

LOCATION

Business must be

based in the

United States

 

FUNDING TO DATE

Must have raised no more than $750K in outside funding, including personal cash funds**

FAST PITCH

Must participate in the annual Fast Pitch Event*
on October 26th

EARLY STAGE

Early-stage plans are welcome (need to show customer interest, such as customer sign-ups, surveys, LOI’s, etc.)

EXCLUSIONS

We cannot accept applications from Life Sciences, nonprofit, or cannabis/CBD companies

*Exact format will be determined by health and safety standards.

**Research grants or other non-recourse, non-dilutive grants, and PPP loans do not count towards the $750K maximum.

If you meet the above criteria, we invite you to apply for our competition.

The application period for 2021 closed on June 1.

BEFORE YOU APPLY...

We recommend that you download our Fast Pitch Guidelines, which includes all questions that appear on the application form, important dates, and how the process works. We also recommend that you download a copy of our Financial Template so you can prepare the required financial information needed for the application.

OUR PROCESS

LEARN

Attend educational events for female founders

APPLY

Apply for the Fast Pitch competition April 1 - June 1

COMPETE

Through two rounds of voting, judges select the Top 5 finalists

PREPARE

Top 5 finalists work with pitch coaches and financial mentors

Virtual Dolphin Tank with Springboard Enterprises for helpful feedback

Private virtual pitch to investors and judges

PITCH

Top 5 finalists pitch on October 26th to compete for
cash prizes and professional services