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2019 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 on October 30th for $45,000 in cash awards and professional services.

2019 Fast Pitch applications will be accepted from April 1-June 1. A link to apply will be posted on opening day.

 

Congratulations to the 2018 Winners:

1st Place $25,000 & $5,000 Junior Judges Award
CityGrows
Catherine Geanuracos, CEO & Co-Founder, Los Angeles, CA

2nd Place $10,000
BOXFOX
Sabena Suri, Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer, El Segundo, CA

3rd Place $5,000
Thousand
Gloria Hwang, Founder, Fullerton, CA

Thanks to all of the amazing 2018 Fast Pitch Finalists!

  • 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
  • Zygo, Sheera Goren, CEO, Playa Vista, CA
2018 Top 10 Finalists

2019 Timeline

Check the Events page for details on upcoming events.

March 26, 2019 – WFN Kick-off Event

April 1, 2019 – Fast Pitch Application opening day

May 8, 2019 – Female Founder Day of Education

June 1, 2019 – Fast Pitch Application deadline (midnight PDT)

June 2019 – Meet the Top 20 Fast Pitch Companies

July 2019 – Springboard Enterprises Dolphin Tank with WFN

October 30, 2019 – Fast Pitch Event – Top 10 companies compete on-stage for cash & services!

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 for-profit 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.

$50,000+

(value)

Top 10 companies receive prize value in professional services.

am i eligible? application guidelines

The 2018 guidelines are available below for your reference. Note that guidelines will be updated for 2019.

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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