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Calling Female-led Startups! Women Founders Network Launches 2019 Fast Pitch Competition

Updated: Jul 9, 2021

Seeking early stage female-led companies to compete for $50,000 cash prizes and $100,000 professional services

LOS ANGELES, April 2, 2019 –

Women Founders Network (“WFN”) today announced the launch of its seventh annual Fast Pitch competition. WFN is seeking applications from early-stage companies led by female founders based in the U.S. with high growth potential. The companies must have raised no more than $1 million in outside funding, excluding research grants, and should have achieved proof of concept. In order to receive the cash and service awards, the founder must compete in-person* in Los Angeles at the October 30, 2019 Fast Pitch Event.

“We believe in the female entrepreneur,” said Darya Allen-Attar, Founder and CEO of Women Founders Network. “We exist to provide female entrepreneurs access to capital, visibility and mentorship. Each year, we host a series of educational seminars, panels and networking events that culminate in our Fast Pitch Event.”

Allen-Attar continued, “What makes our Fast Pitch competition different is the valuable leadership and individualized attention we provide to the top 10 female entrepreneurs, which enables them to become pitch-ready in a way that sharpens their plans to scale their companies and makes their businesses more appealing to potential investors.”

Applications will be accepted from April 1, 2019 through June 1, 2019. The top 10 applicants will have the opportunity to present at Springboard Enterprises Dolphin Tank® in July and compete in the WFN Fast Pitch event on October 30, 2019.

The top 10 finalists of the 2019 WFN Fast Pitch competition receive:

  • One-on-one coaching to prepare for the Fast Pitch Event

  • Personal financial mentor to get your financials in order

  • Opportunity to attend Springboard Enterprises Dolphin Tank® for constructive feedback

  • Meet & greet with WFN judges, board, sponsors, and investors

  • Connection with Angel Investors and Venture Capital Funds focused on women founders

  • Cash investment potential from investors who attend Oct 30th event

  • An ongoing support network of successful businesswomen committed to building the female entrepreneur ecosystem

For more information and to submit an application, please visit our website:

About Women Founders Network

Women Founders Network (WFN) exists to provide female founders access to mentorship, visibility and capital. Since 2013, WFN has awarded and directly invested $1.3 million in women-founded companies, and WFN Fast Pitch alumni have gone on to raise over $68 million in funding. Visit us at


Media Contact:

Kim Christensen

Director, Women Founders Network

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