StartHer, a non-profit organization that supports women in technology and entrepreneurship, is pleased to launch the StartHer Awards, Europe’s biggest competition for female-founded startups. In partnership with MasterCard and RCI Bank and Services, the event is set to take place in Paris on October 19th at new startup mega campus Station F.
The competition will be preceded by a day of workshops, conferences, and an opportunity to meet key figures from throughout the startup ecosystem. This year, the winner will be awarded 10.000€ by StartHer to help develop her project.
The StartHer Awards: A unique European event showcasing female entrepreneurs
As an extension of the successful Lady Pitch Night competition, which has been held in Paris for the last five years, the StartHer Awards aims to highlight and give visibility to female startup founders, and to encourage diversity in tech.
Some of the the previous winners of the event include Findify (Sweden), Buzzdoes (Israel) and EasySize (Denmark). Following their win, EasySize raised two rounds of funding, with notable participation by Fashion Capital Partners and Nicolas Santi-Weil, founder of The Kooples. EasySize has also since released a new product (Size Advice), reinforced their European presence, begun their expansion into the Asian market, and built out their team with employees in the UK and the Middle East. Their next market will be France!
“This competition is much more than a one-day event; it’s a dynamic and solid community that has continued on after the competition. It’s really exciting to be a part of it,” says Gulnaz Khusainova, founder of EasySize, and winner of the 2015 Lady Pitch Night competition. “The event helped us to attract the attention of French investors, which was a huge help! Assistance with growing our business in France has been useful, as it’s one of our major target markets.”
Who is eligible to enter?
Any tech startup (internet, mobile, video games, AI, VR, etc.) that is between six and thirty-six months old, is headquartered in a European country, and has at least one woman on the founding team, is eligible to apply online until 31 August.
This year, fintech startups can apply to the StartHer Awards as part of a special track organised in partnership with RCI Bank and Services dedicated to this theme.
For the winners: the winner will be awarded 10.000€ from StartHer; a unique opportunity to pitch in Paris and to attend some of the world’s leading tech events
StartHer will select ten finalists to come to Paris (all travel expenses covered) on October 19th, 2017, to present their startups in front of a jury of experts, investors, and entrepreneurs, as well as to an audience of over 300 people. The winner, who will be announced that evening, will be awarded a 10.000€ from StartHer. All of the finalists will receive spots to attend some of the biggest tech conferences in the world, and will have plenty of opportunities during and after the event to meet with other leading figures of the tech ecosystem.
All online applications and presentations the day of the event must be completed in English, in keeping with the international nature of the competition.