The nonprofit Girls in Tech has identified 10 female-led startups that will compete for a cash prize for the “next great female-founded startup.”
The second annual pitch competition will take place in San Francisco in an event dubbed the Amplify Women’s Pitch Night Competition. Girls in Tech says the female founder-only pitch competition is the largest of its kind in the world, bringing together top tech leaders, entrepreneurs, and investors.
“We want to highlight female entrepreneurship,” said Adriana Gascoigne, founder and CEO of Girls in Tech. “Many technology companies took a great first step by releasing their internal diversity figures, which only made it more apparent the need for opportunities and exposure for women working in technology. With Amplify, women don’t have to wait for companies to do the right thing; they can be their own companies and leaders. We’re proud to spearhead Amplify, where they will be able to network with top investors and business leaders in their company’s early growth stage.”
The ten finalists were chosen from over a hundred applicants from around the world. The winner of the competition will be given $10,000 funding, laptops, and six months of office space at RocketSpace.
The ten startup finalists are: AdmitSee, Dot Laboratories, Findmine, Give InKind, Indian Moms Connect, Pace Match, Penta Medical, ResultCare, Stilla, and Vidcode. Founders of the companies come from diverse backgrounds, including a medical doctor, students, and a woman who worked for the Obama administration.
Kym McNicholas, an Emmy award-winning reporter, will emcee the event. Michelle Zatlyn, cofounder of CloudFlare, will give an inspirational talk during the event, as will Magdalena Yesil, founder of Broadway Angels. The event is expected to draw about 350 people.
Sponsors include: Airbnb, Snapchat, Autodesk, Wells Fargo, Zendesk, Samsung Accelerator, Stella & Dot, OSIsoft, LoopUp, GoDaddy, Veritas, Paxata, Infor, and Glenfiddich. The competition has dozens of judges who screen the applicants.
Gascoigne founded Girls in Tech in 2007. It has more than 50,000 members and 60 local chapters.