Female Founder Challenge

TIME TO RAISE!

 

THE FEMALE FOUNDER CHALLENGE

For the third year in a row, VivaTech, in partnership with 50inTech, launches the Female Founder Challenge (FFC) with two main objectives: (1) facilitate VC-startup meetings to accelerate the financing of women-led startups, (2) urge VC funds to commit to more gender equality at all levels.

 

     
Viva Technology is Europe's biggest startup and tech event dedicated to the growth of startups, digital transformation and innovation.
                               
50inTech is a professional community dedicated to improving the role of women in tech, by facilitating introductions to help grow their business and careers. 
                                     
 

     
                  
                                 

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Participants

Apply and access a free online bootcamp to master your fundraising campaign

10

Finalists

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

1

Winner

Boost your visibility and get access to 1:1 meetings with influential VCs

30+

Global VCs

Involve 30+ VC funds to meet the finalists and the winner

 

 WHY PARTICIPATE 

 

You are a female founder, co-founder, CEO or co-CEO of a global startup in the process of raising funds (be it seed, series A, B, C or beyond)? You don’t have access to global investors or you lack investor connections? Apply to the Female Founder Challenge!

This Challenge offers you a unique opportunity to master your investor pitch, get exclusive access to investors and get a great visibility during an hybrid event open to a diverse audience.

The Challenge includes an online bootcamp on fundraising, 1:1 meetings with investors (Office Hours), a guided tour of VivaTech, an exclusive dinner with women executives, a pitch contest and an award ceremony.

     

                                 
                                     
 

     
                  
                                 

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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  • Access to a free online bootcamp on fundraising (more info above)

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  • Pitch your solution in front of a jury of top VCs and investors
  • 1:1 appointments with VC during Office Hours
  • 2 free Startup Full Passes for VivaTech 2021
  • 5 free Online Passes for VivaTech 2021
  • 1 free pass for the 2021 Maddy Keynote event in Paris
  • A Startup Corner digital package for VivaTech 2021 

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  • A private meeting with the FFC’s high-level VC jury
  • A speaking opportunity at the Women’s Forum Global Meeting in Paris
  • A speaking opportunity with Maddyness (at the discretion of the editorial staff)
  • Mentoring sessions on fundraising
  • A feature storyline in the 50inTech podcast
  • One-sixth of a page in Les Echos
  • A startup booth at VivaTech 2022

TIMELINE

 

 

MAY 02

 

Application deadline

MAY 19-20

Online bootcamp
on fundraising

JUNE 2

Announcement
of the 10 Finalists

JUNE 17

 
 

Pitch contest, Finalist-VC appointments (Office Hours) and announcement of the winner during the award ceremony

NEW IN 2021

 

 

 A FREE ONLINE BOOTCAMP

 

From May 19 to May 20, the free and 100% online bootcamp to help women entrepreneurs become fundraising experts will be open exclusively to all FFC’s participants. This accelerated online training is an ideal occasion to unlock a pool of untapped female tech talents.

Apply and take this opportunity to stand out from your competitors for your next VC rounds!

 

  

 

SPONSORS

 
  
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

JURY

 

 

 

 

 

        

       

 
 

                

      

 

 
 

 

EXPERT PARTNER

 
 
 

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 AN HYBRID EVENT 

 

For the first time, the Female Founder Challenge is going hybrid! We are inviting the world's most influential VCs and investors to meet virtually and in-person on June 17, for a pitch contest with the top 10 finalists while celebrating female entrepreneurs.

After the pitch contest, two finalists will still be in the running. The FFC 2021 winner will be officially announced during an award ceremony on June 17, which will be held on stage in front of a live audience at VivaTech.