PITCH SF 2013 Startup Competition – Apply Today!

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Apply By Friday, January 4, 2013 @ 11:59pm (PST)

spacer The Women 2.0 PITCH SF 2013 Startup Competition is a technology startup competition for early-stage ventures with at least one female on the founding team, from around the world.

Why Apply?

Apply today to expose your startup to Silicon Valley investors and get the chance to pitch onstage on February 14, 2013 in San Francisco at the Women 2.0 Conference for exposure to investors, partners and customers.

You can apply for the Women 2.0 PITCH SF 2013 Startup Competition if you:spacer

  • Have at least one female in the founding team.
  • Your venture must be in private beta or live. This means you should have a prototype (alpha or beta version) or the product is already in the market.
  • Raised less than $1M USD in funding.
  • Have a technical founder (certain exceptions will be made, spacer you can email us before applying to see if you qualify).
  • You can be located anywhere! International applicants are welcome to apply. The only requirement is that the team must be present to pitch at the Women 2.0 Conference if selected as finalists.

We’re looking for the most disruptive web/mobile ventures, connected device companies, with high-growth potential.


Prizes for the competition include a meeting with Esther Dyson and an investing partner at Andreessen Horowitz!

How To Enter The Women 2.0 SF PITCH 2013 Startup Competition

spacer 1.)   Fill out the PITCH SF 2013 Startup Competition application online here.
We are accepting submissions starting November 20, 2012 and the judging panel is reviewing submissions on a rolling basis. This means the sooner you apply, the better your chances are of being selected. We will close the application system once 10 finalists are selected. The application fee is $50 and is due after you submit your application online.
spacer 2.)   Submit your application as soon as possible, then pay the $50 application fee here.
After you submit your application online, pay the $50 application fee. Then hang tight as we announce the 10 selected finalists in the coming weeks and months!
spacer 3.)   Join us for the Women 2.0 Conference on February 14, 2013!
The 10 selected early-stage companies will present live to judges and audience at the Women 2.0 Conference on February 14, 2013 in San Francisco for feedback and prizes – this is Women 2.0′s biggest event of the year!

Check out the results of previous years of Women 2.0 conferences: 2012, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007.

Meet the PITCH SF 2013 Startup Competition First Round Online Judges

  • Adam Quinton (Managing Director, Golden Seeds)
  • Brendan Baker (Director, Greylock Partners)
  • César Salazar (Venture Partner, 500 Startups)
  • Cindy Padnos (Founder & Managing Partner, Illuminate Ventures)
  • Dave Kochbeck (CEO, Embark Systems)
  • David Weekly (Founder, Oha.na)
  • Jenny Fielding (Head of Digital Ventures, BBC Worldwide)
  • Jacob Mullins (Senior Associate, Shasta Ventures)
  • Julie Chin (Co-Founder, The Angel Fund)
  • Nikhil Kalghatgi (Principal, SoftBank Capital)
  • Rachel Pike (Senior Associate, Draper Fisher Jurvetson)
  • Riddhi Mittal (Venture Investor, Mohr Davidow Ventures)
  • Roseanne Wincek (Associate, Canaan Partners)
  • Sara Lannin (Venture Investor, Accel Partners)
  • Scott Hartley (Partner, Mohr Davidow Ventures)

Meet the PITCH SF 2013 Startup Competition Live Judges at Women 2.0 Conference

  • Andrea Zurek (Founding Partner, XG Ventures)
  • Ann Miura-Ko (Partner, FLOODGATE)
  • Charles Hudson (Partner, SoftTech VC)
  • Christine Herron (Director, Intel Capital)
  • Jenny Fielding (Head of Digital Ventures, BBC Worldwide)
  • Joy Marcus (Partner, DFJ Gotham Ventures)
  • Kevin Laws (Board Member & COO, AngelList)
  • Nikhil Kalghatgi (Principal, SoftBank Capital)
  • Thomas Korte (Founder, AngelPad)

Meet the PITCH SF 2013 Startup Competition Finalists

  • Angaza Design
  • Bia Sport
  • Enplug
  • Fiestah
  • Greengar
  • HealthyOut
  • Maker’s Row
  • Mavatar
  • Modalyst
  • VirtualMob

Got Questions?

If you have any questions, please email askpitch@women2.com.

Win or lose, applying teams finish PITCH SF significantly more prepared to launch their business in the real world. Best of luck to all applicants!

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