Hello, and welcome, Finalist!
Congrats on being right here in this place, right now. We are so excited to be part of your journey to success! You were one of 10 applicants selected out of 124 entries, so take a moment and be proud of your accomplishment.
This page is meant to serve as an overview for what's next in the process. Please review and if you have further questions, reach out to Kim.
—WFN FAST PITCH EVENT—
October 30 @ Covel Commons at UCLA
You must be able to attend this event in person
Pitch on-stage to judges, investors, and executives from the LA business community to compete for $50k in cash awards and over $150k in professional services.
Friday, October 25
Pitch decks are due! Upload your deck to your private Google Drive folder:
Format layout should be widescreen (16:9)
PDF files only > no videos
Remember: You only 5 minutes to pitch and you will be cut off if you go over. An iPad timer will be provided to keep you on track.
Judges have 3 minutes for Q&A after your pitch and Junior Judges have 2 minutes.
You do NOT need to register yourself for the event. Kim will send each of you a promo code for one (1) free theater seat for your guest. We are maxed out on comp tickets so any additional guests must purchase a ticket.
We will provide table space in the Promenades for you to provide handouts and/or samples to attendees. Space is limited, so you will be sharing your table with two or three other companies--please contact Kim if you need extra space.
Day of the Event:
Plan to arrive no later than 4:30pm if you are bringing handouts/samples so you can set up your table. Full room capacity is 350.
Pick up your name tag at check-in -- your table # is in the lower right corner. Your pitching order will be in the lower left corner and on the front page of the printed program--I'll include this in an email to you. Order is determined by a random drawing.
If you have any items to store, you may leave them in the Judges meeting room (West Coast Room) and collect them after the event. Be sure to secure valuables in a locked container or keep them with you at your table.
5:00pm - Meet up with Lisa Tsou and Anne Plechner (board members) at your table. They will walk you through the program including the process for setting up your lapel mics, entering/exiting the stage, etc. Lisa will be at the table next to yours to guide you through the event and act as your concierge.
High-level Program Agenda:
5:00-6:00 - Check-in & Networking Reception
6:00-6:15 - Welcome & Sponsor Acknowledgments
6:15-6:30 - Keynote Speaker: Fran Dunaway, CEO & Co-Founder of TomboyX
6:30-8:20 - Fast Pitch Presentations (5 min pitch + 5 min Q&A)
8:20-8:40 - Break / Judges Convene for Voting
8:40-9:00 - Award Presentations & Closing Remarks
Fast Pitch Judges: View the list of judges here
Covel Commons Venue Floor Plan:
JUDGING & GUIDELINES
Judges include the WFN Advisory Board, selected corporate sponsors, and Angel investors/VCs.
HIGH-LEVEL JUDGING GUIDELINES
Concept & Revenue
Business concept and revenue model are clearly articulated and meet customers' needs
Company's solution is better than anything offered by competitors and is defensible
Existing or planned team can credibly implement the business plan
Marketing & Sales
Marketing and sales approaches are appropriate for acquiring customers
Reasonable financial plan with supporting documents
Our Junior Judges program for girls in grades 6-12 is hosted through our nonprofit, Women Founders Foundation. The girls participate in educational activities over the summer and a pre-pitch workshop in September to review and discuss the Top 10 companies with program facilitators.
The girls attend the Fast Pitch event and vote for their winning company, which they present with a $5,000 cash award.