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Junior Judge Program

The Junior Judge program takes place during summer and fall each year. It aligns with the Women Founders Network Fast Pitch, an annual competition for women entrepreneurs. Since 2014, the Junior Judge program has educated more than 100 young women about entrepreneurship through fun and educational events where they meet women CEOs and startup founders. They engage in workshops teaching the fundamentals of business, and participate in the annual WFN Fast Pitch Event as “venture capitalists for a day” by voting for their favorite company and presenting a sponsored cash award to their winner.

The Junior Judges walk away from the experience feeling confident, inspired, and motivated, knowing there is a strong community of women available to support them in achieving their goals.


2022 Junior Judge Program
Applications for the 2022 cohort will be open April 15 - June 15.



 

Application Criteria

 

AGE

We welcome any girl who is in 9th grade (currently, as of the 2021-2022 school year) through 12th grade to apply to the program between April 15 and June 15. We value diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of our programs.

 

GEOGRAPHY

Though it is expected that much of our programming will take place online in 2022, should in-person meetings for small groups become viable, we will explore that option in the late summer and fall. We accept applications from across the United States, but note that if we have the opportunity to hold in-person events they will take place in the greater Los Angeles, California, region (including the Fast Pitch event in October - virtual and in-person options).

 

PARTICIPATION FEE

There is a $100 fee to participate if girls are accepted into the program, which covers all expenses including one ticket to the Fast Pitch event in October. If the cost is a barrier to participation, we can offer fee waivers on a case-by-case basis.

EQUIPMENT & MATERIALS

Participants will need a reliable internet connection and device to participate in the program. We strongly encourage participating in virtual meetings with a web camera so we can create as authentic an experience as possible. If accepted into the program, Junior Judges will be notified and sent a welcome packet via email.

 

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

 

Given the coronavirus pandemic, the Junior Judge program moved online in 2020. Much of the program will remain virtual in 2022 unless otherwise notified. Events and meetings will take place via Zoom video.

In addition to participating as a "venture capitalist for a day" at the WFN Fast Pitch event in October, Junior Judges will have the opportunity to “meet” women CEOs and entrepreneurs throughout the summer and fall via virtual meetings on Zoom to learn their experiences starting companies across a range of fields. We will also offer one-on-one mentoring opportunities for all Junior Judges.