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WOMEN FOUNDERS NETWORK 10th ANNUAL
FAST PITCH COMPETITION

APPLICATION CRITERIA

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.

WOMAN FOUNDER

Founder/Co-Founder/CEO must be a woman or business must be majority-owned by a woman 

LOCATION

Business must be

based in the

United States

 

FUNDING TO DATE

Must have raised no more than $750K in outside funding, including personal cash funds**

FAST PITCH

Must participate in the annual Fast Pitch Event*
in October

EARLY STAGE

Pre-revenue plans are welcome (need to show customer interest, such as customer sign-ups, surveys, LOI’s, etc.)

EXCLUSIONS

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.

Tech/Tech-enabled

This category is for a B2B or B2C
company that relies on significant development of technology to deliver the product or service.

 

Consumer/CPG/Other non-tech

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.

 

OUR PROCESS

LEARN

Attend educational events for female founders

APPLY

Apply for the Fast Pitch competition through June 1

COMPETE

Through two rounds of voting, judges select the finalists

PREPARE

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

PITCH

Finalists pitch in October to compete for
cash prizes and professional services