WOMEN FOUNDERS NETWORK 10th 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.
Fast Pitch applications will be accepted through June 1, 2022.
There is no fee to apply.
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*
Pre-revenue 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.
BEFORE YOU APPLY...
We recommend that you download our Fast Pitch Guidelines, which includes important tips for the online application process, all questions that appear on each track's application form, and important dates.
NEW >> TWO APPLICATION TRACKS
There are two tracks to select from this year: Tech/Tech-enabled and Consumer/CPG/Other non-tech companies. Founders self-select their category based on the definitions below - if you are unsure of which track you should apply for, contact us for guidance.
This category is for a B2B or B2C
company that relies on significant development of technology to deliver the product or service.
Includes any products that are sold to consumers as physical units (e.g., food and beverage, apparel) as well as consumer focused media/content, e-commerce sites, or services provided to consumers. Consumer products or services that rely heavily on technology (such as Nest or Oura Ring) should apply in the Tech category.
Attend educational events for female founders
Apply for the Fast Pitch competition through June 1
Through two rounds of voting, judges select the finalists
The finalists work with pitch coaches and financial mentors
Dolphin Tank with Springboard Enterprises for helpful feedback
Private VIP pitch event to refine your pitch & make new connections
Finalists pitch in October to compete for
cash prizes and professional services