Female Founder Challenge

Supporting women-led startups during COVID-19

ECONCRETE WINS THE FEMALE FOUNDER CHALLENGE 2020

Congratulations to Shimrit Perkol-Finkel, CEO of ECOncrete (Israel), winner of the Female Founder Challenge 2020!
 

10

Finalists

Pitch online in front of a high-level jury and an audience of investors

1

Winner

Boost your visibility, get access and meet influential VCs

50+

Global VCs

Involve an audience of 50+ VC funds committed to more parity in financing

 

THE FEMALE FOUNDER CHALLENGE

For the second year in a row, VivaTech, in partnership with 50inTech, launches the Female Founder Challenge with two main objectives: (1) accelerate the financing of women-led startups, (2) involve VC funds to more parity in financing. In the current context of COVID-19, it is important to support women-led startups and connect them with global VCs.

After a successful first edition, the Female Founder Challenge 2020 goes 100% online!

 

     
Viva Technology is Europe’s biggest startup
and tech event dedicated to the growth of startups,
digital transformation and innovation.
                               
50inTech is a global platform that facilitates
 introductions for women in tech to
grow their business and careers. 
                                     
 

     
                  
                                 

  

  

 WHY PARTICIPATE 

 

You are a female founder, co-founder, CEO or co-CEO of an international startup wishing to raise funds, be it seed, series A or B? Apply to the Female Founder Challenge!

During this difficult time, the Challenge offers you a unique opportunity to get exclusive access to investors but also to get great visibility during an online event only for VCs!

The Challenge includes a pitch contest, a virtual award ceremony and one-on-one appointments with investors (Office Hours).

SELECTION CRITERIA

Innovation

Relevance, originality and innovation level of the tech solution compared to existing alternatives

Scalability

Feasibility, realism and viability (technical, economic and environmental) of implementing the solution

Team profile

Profile of the founder(s) and co-founder(s), ability to lead the project to success, hard and soft skills of the operational team

Business model

 Demonstrated traction and product-market fit

WHAT THE CHALLENGE WILL BRING YOU

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  • A private meeting with our high-level VC jury
  • Expertise with an EY consultant
  • A feature storyline in the 50inTech podcast
  • One-sixth of a page in Les Echos
  • A startup booth at VivaTech 2021

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  • Pitch your solution in front of a jury of top VCs and investors
  • One-on-one appointment with VC jury during Office Hours
  • 4 free Startup passes for the 3 days of VivaTech 2021
  • 1 free pass for the 2021 Maddy Keynote event in Paris (in French)

TIMELINE

May 13

Application deadline

June 8

Announcement of
the 10 Finalists

June 18

Online pitch contest and announcement of the winner during the virtual award ceremony

From June 18

Finalist-VC appointment (Office Hours)

  

 A 100% ONLINE EVENT

 

For the first time, the Female Founder Challenge goes online!

We invite all the world's most influential VCs and investors to meet virtually on June 18 at 5 pm (CEST) for a pitch contest that will celebrate female entrepreneurs. At the end of it, we will announce the 2020 winner and will launch the Office Hours.

Registration here. Open only to investors.




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