The competition will unite female tech innovators from across the UK and Europe to compete for €50,000 in cash grants. Then finalists will be pitching their ventures before a panel of tech industry executives on Wednesday, May 3, at London’s City Hall, hosted by the office of Mayor Sadiq Khan.
Women Startup Challenge Europe is open to tech startups with at least one woman founder or cofounder across the UK and Europe.
A panel of esteemed online judges will score applications and select 10 finalists to pitch their businesses in person at London’s City Hall. Competition criteria and submission details can be found at Women Startup Challenge Europe 2017.
“This will be our first international pitch competition for women-led tech startups,” said Allyson Kapin, founder of Women Who Tech in a press release.
“We’re doing our part to disrupt a tech culture that has made it difficult for women entrepreneurs to access capital. There is an abundance of talented women out there, and we hope to spotlight the true innovators so that they can get the funding they need to scale.”
“Only 10 percent of global investor money goes to women-led startups, yet women-led companies yield a 35 percent higher return than those led by men,” said Newmark in a statement. “We’ve got to do better.”