Applications for 2021 are now closed
WOMEN FOUNDERS NETWORK 9th ANNUAL
FAST PITCH COMPETITION
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.
We ask that you meet the criteria below and pay a small processing fee to apply.
The application fee is $50.
If you are experiencing significant hardships, contact us for consideration of a fee waiver based on need (case-by-case basis).
Founder/Co-Founder/CEO must be a woman or business must be majority-owned by a woman
Business must be
based in the
FUNDING TO DATE
Must have raised no more than $750K in outside funding, including personal cash funds**
Must participate in the annual Fast Pitch Event*
on October 26th
Early-stage plans are welcome (need to show customer interest, such as customer sign-ups, surveys, LOI’s, etc.)
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.
Attend educational events for female founders
Apply for the Fast Pitch competition April 1 - June 1
Through two rounds of voting, judges select the Top 5 finalists
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
Top 5 finalists pitch on October 26th to compete for
cash prizes and professional services