• Empowering female founders across Europe

  • Empowering female founders

    WSC is an independent not-for-profit business incubation platform with the mission to support female entrepreneurs in the critical early years.

    We run our signature program in 10 countries.

    We are a network of individuals who are true believers that we can create a better world.

  • Advocating for a more gender-balanced world

    Female entrepreneurs are a huge untapped potential of world economy. Still, only less than 3% of VC capital is going to female-founded startups.

  • Leads to a better world

    Gender diversity is not only about making things fair, it directly translates into social, economic and business impact.

    Women bring new priorities and topics into the innovation scene, and they are also more likely to re-invest their profit into the society.

  • Our work and impact

    To date, WSC has completed 6 years of program, and cumulatively supported 700+ female founded early-stage startups in 10 countries.

    Through our events, we act as a catalyst to build a supportive ecosystem, we empower women with skills, visibility and important connections.

  • Our signature program

    European pitching competition series with a London Final event

    European Pitching Competition Roadshow

    9 countries, 250+ female-founded startups in 2019

     

    Each year we engage with and help hundreds of female entrepreneurs across Europe. Chapter pitching events in European countries then a London Final event for best startups from each country. Our program is designed in a way to give tangible support to founders tailor-made to early-stage needs: brand exposure, free mentoring sessions with senior professionals from diverse backgrounds/industries inviting investors and media to our local events, so involving all stakeholders. Giving prizes through our sponsors (products and/or services).

    The series finishes with a 2-day London Final Event: Final Demo Day and a second day with 1:1 investor meetings and exciting speakers.

    All program elements aimed to give female founders access to improve their skills, build corporate connections and network with investors, plus gain brand exposure.

    Application process and program

    Visit back for the 2020 program or sign up for to get the latest updates!

    Find all the local events here: http://www.womenstartupcompetition.com/#events

    Application process and Program:

    1. Announcing local pitching events/dates

    2. Online application

    3. Shortlist selection (10-12 teams) by a panel of experts, inviting teams to the pitching event

    4. Free mentoring sessions for shortlisted teams with senior professionals from diverse backgrounds

    5. Local pitching to a panel of jury, inviting local investors and media (public event, anyone welcome).

    6. 2-day London Final event for 1st place winners from each country, Final Pitching announcing "Best female-founded startup" 1st, 2nd and 3rd places, plus a second day with 1:1 investor meetings for all finalists (travel costs are covered by WSC a prize for finalists)

    Application rules, categories

    Startups with majority of women, from any industries

    The pitching competition is not limited to any industries.

    One requirement is that the applicant must be a startup led by female CEO or female-founded/co-founded or Women's share 50% of ownership or the team members has to be women (50%<) an equal gender diversity representation (50%-50%) within the entrepreneurial team or must identify as women in a way that’s significant to them.

    Second requirement is that the startup should be at least at MVP phase or very close to launch, so something tangible to show.

    Our competition is not limited to any industries, however we might have specific sub-categories as part of the competition in collaboration with sponsors or big corporates. In 2019, besides the general pitching roadshow we had a beauty accelerator program in partnership with global beauty company AVON.

  • Meet the 2019 Finalists

  • 2020 Program

    Due to the COVID-19 situation, we are currently redesigning our 2020 activities.

    Pls. sign up for our mailing list or visit back later to get the latest updates.

    February

    Prague,

    CZECH REPUBLIC

    Coming soon

    Budapest,

    HUNGARY

    Coming soon

    Tel-Aviv,
    ISRAEL

    Coming soon

    Moscow,
    RUSSIA

    Coming soon

    Bucharest,

    Romania

    Coming soon

    Warsaw,
    POLAND

    Coming soon

    Vienna,

    AUSTRIA

    Coming soon

    Berlin,
    GERMANY

    Coming soon

    Madrid,
    SPAIN

    Final Event:

    London,

    United Kingdom

  • Team

    WSC is an independent nonprofit impact organization. We are passionate about a more gender-balanced world.

  • Our Ambassadors

    Contributing to social change in local countries

    Prague, Czech Republic

    Founder of MyStay

    Tel-Aviv, Israel

    Co-founder of Tech it forward

    Tel-Aviv, Israel

    Co-founder of Tech it forward

    Moscow, Russia

    Founder of Joinmamas

    Bucharest, Romania
    Madrid, Spain

    Founder of Zoom HR

    Berlin, Germany

    Strategist, Brand Builder

    Berlin, Germany

    Consultant, executive coach

    Vienna, Austria

    Startup Live

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  • Become our partner

    We're committed to partnerships that benefit us both.

    Partnerships for a greater purpose

    Gender diversity leads to a better world

    Partnerships are key for our success

    WSC acts as a catalyst enabling female-founded and diverse startups to spring their business at the vulnerable early stage of inception, through the crucial seed investment.

    We are an independent nonprofit organization, we provide all our support for female founders free of charge. Partners make it possible to create change that we otherwise would not be able to achieve.

    To learn more about partnership opportunities pls. email Alexandra Veidner at alexandra@womenstartupcompetition.com.

     

    Corporate partnerships

    Social good and corporate innovation

    By sponsoring our programs your organization is not only contributing to social good, but it is also an excellent opportunity to meet some of the most promising early-stage female founders from your own industry.

    Each year, we engage with about 300 female-founded or female-led teams from all kinds of industries/verticals (software, AI, biotech/health, sustainability, ed tech, beauty, fashion, media, etc.).

     

    Media partnerships

    Gender diversity is not a women's issue. It is the world's interest.

    Visibility, addressing unconscious bias, showing positive role models, encouraging more women to start their own business are all important means to create social change.

    Help us to bring this topic to the table!

     

    Other collaborations

    We are always open for any kind of collaboration that is aligned with our mission.

    Pls. contact us, so we can have a chat about how we can support each other.

     

     

    Feel inspired to join our movement?

    I'm a startup, want to enroll. Registration

    I'm a company, want to be your partner. Partners

    I'm an investor, looking for startups. Investors

    I'm a volunteer/ambassador, want to be part of your story. Ambassadors/volunteers (bloggers, photographers, on-site assistance)

  • WSC FAQ

    What is Women Startup Competition?

    WSC (Women Startup Competition) is the biggest event of its kind in Europe, where the ratio of female-founded startups is below 27%, and women investors represent as low as 7% of the funding scene. We invite gender-diverse startups (min. 50% has to be owned by women) from all over Europe to inspire, educate and unite female entrepreneurs, and to increase the aforementioned ratios.

     

    The aim of Women Startup Competition is to grow the presence of women in business, therefore we provide trainings and opportunities for more and more gender-diverse startups. We wish to grow Women Startup Competition worldwide and resupply the startup ecosystem with fresh projects and creative talent.

    Who can apply?

    Startups with a majority of females amongst its founders/co-founders may apply, along with female founded startups, or where 50% of the ownership belongs to women, or where at least 50% of the members are women, or where an equal gender diversity representation (50%-50%) can be found within the entrepreneurial team.

    How can you apply?

    If your team matches the requirements, register with your startup or idea on f6s.com and you can apply here: https://www.f6s.com/6thwomenstartupcompetition

    What is the application deadline?

    Application closes one week before each semifinal.

    How are the events built up?

    Startups can apply to pitch at one of our semifinal events around Europe. After the maximum 1,5-day long mini Bootcamp, after Our Jury chooses the top-ranked teams from the semifinal winners.

    How do you know that you were selected to attend the semifinal?

    We will inform you on F6s.com that the system will also send out to your email address. Please check the promotions and spam folders as well.

    Is it required to participate in a semifinal before the final event?

    Yes. :)

    Who can pitch at the semifinal and final?

    Any female member who can represent the startup properly.

    How much time do you have to pitch?

    Your presentation consists of a 2 minute-long pitch and a 4 minute Q & A, where you will be asked questions about your project.

    Can another team member join the pitcher at the Q & A?

    Yes, any member.

    In which languages can you pitch?

    English is the official language of our events. Therefore we use this language at all of our trainings, mentoring and require the pitches to be presented in English as well.

    What should your presentation include?

    In most cases, the presentation should include: the problem, the solution, the business model, the method of spreading it in the market, the competitors, your team and what you need for the next step.

    Can you check the pitches of the previous years?

    Of course, you can find them on our Youtube channel: http://bit.ly/2ATLEHT

    From which stage can you enter the competition?

    You can register at any stage. The jury will select startups with best ideas and where the team is already established.

    Do you need a confirmation before coming to participate in the semifinal and final?

    Yes, you will receive an official confirmation and invitation via F6s.com.

    What platforms can you use for your pitch deck?

    Any platform you prefer (PowerPoint, Keynote, Prezi, ...). Keep in mind that you should send us the presentation in advance, so our mentors can prepare appropriately to help you in making it even better.

    What materials should your presentation include?

    Any material can be used that may help you in presenting your idea in 2 minutes - presentation, short video, tangible product, etc.

    Does the startup need to be established?

    No, but it can be an advantage when it comes to investors’ and sponsors’ support.

    Is the higher percentage of women members an advantage?

    No, our only aim is a balanced gender diversity.

    If there will be no semifinal in your country, can you enter another country’s?

    Sure, you can choose any semifinal to participate in.

    Who will be in the jury?

    International and local startup geeks, venture capitalists, angel investors, innovation lab leaders of top companies.

    Is there a possibility to watch the pitches in person?

    We are looking forward to welcoming anybody in our audience.

    What prizes do the winners get?

    Our aim is to provide valuable, necessary devices, useful gadgets and services for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd team which can help them in their everyday lives and growing.

    In the previous years, the prizes were: a Macbook Air, an Apple iPad, a Chinese investor program, European coworking passes, Timeular time trackers, etc.

    Besides these, one other startup receives the so called Crowdfunding prize which is collected by donations.

    Last but not least, all our winners and the majority of our finalists received investment after the Demo Day.

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As a Management of WSC Network Kft. (after this referred to as the ‘Data Controller’), taking into account the provisions of Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data (hereinafter referred to as the ‘GDPR’), the Fundamental Law of Hungary and Act CXII of 2011 on the right of informational self-determination and on freedom of information (hereinafter referred to as ‘Infotv.’ (the above mentioned legal provisions jointly referred to as the ‘Legislation’), as a result of this I set out the rules for the management and processing of personal data carried out by the organisational units of the Company in this Privacy Policy (hereafter referred to as the ‘Policy’).

General Provisions
The Purpose and Scope of the Policy


The purpose of the Policy is to determine the rights and obligations of the Data Controller and the Data Subject in the management and processing of the personal data of Data Subjects and the management of irregularities, and thereby to ensure that the requirements laid down in the Legislation are enforced. The Data Controller is obliged to process personal data in accordance with the provisions of the Legislation, in particular, to prevent any unauthorised access to the data, unauthorised modification, transmission, disclosure, erasure or destruction of data, and to ensure, where necessary, their appropriate rectification and, upon the termination of the purpose of processing, their erasure. The Scope of the Policy applies to the processing of personal data managed, processed by all organisational units of the Data Controller on the basis of all employee, client and partner
contracts, hereinafter jointly referred to as ‘Personal Data’.


Fundamental Concepts and Principles of Data Protection

Personal Data
For the purposes of this Policy the ‘personal data’ shall mean any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person hereinafter referred to as the ‘Data Subject’); an identifiable natural person is one who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular, by reference to an identifier such as a name, an identification number, location data, an online identifier or to one or more factors specific to the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identity of that natural person;

Personal data mean identifying and descriptive data. Natural or artificial identifying data serve personalisation of the person concerned. Natural identifying data are, in particular,  the name, the mother’s name, the place and date of birth, and the home address or the residential address of the data subject. Artificial identifying data are generated data based on mathematical or other algorithms, in particular, the taxpayer identification number, identity card number, passport number, consumer number, etc.
Descriptive data mean any other data considered relevant for data processing (such as income data, qualification data, etc.). Descriptive data that are not connected with the Data Subject (such as statistical data) are not considered as personal data. Sensitive Data mean data that relate to the racial origin, membership of a national or ethnic minority, political opinion or party affiliation, religion or beliefs, trade union membership, health status, harmful passion, sex orientation or criminal record. The Data Controller does not process any sensitive data.

Data Management and Data Processing


Data Processing: any operation or set of operations which is performed on personal data, such as collection, inclusion, recording, organisation, storage, alteration, use, transfer,  disclosure, alignment or combination, blocking, erasure or destruction and prevention of the data re-use. The photographing, sound or picture recording are also considered as data processing.
Data Controller: natural or legal person, or organisation without legal personality, who or which determines the purposes of the processing of personal data; makes and executes decisions concerning data processing (including the means used) or ensures their execution by a data processor.
Data Processor: a natural or legal person or organisation without legal personality, who or which processes personal data on behalf of the controller, including the mandate under the provision of the law.
Data processing: the completion of technical tasks related to data management operations, regardless of the techniques and means used to carry out the operations, as well as of the place of application.
Data Transfer: the disclosure of data to a specific third party.
Disclosure: making any data accessible to anyone.

The processing and erasure of personal data recorded by the Data Controller are governed by the Information Security Procedure included in Annex 4. The erasure obligation with the statutory deadlines relates to data that have a statutory retention period, in particular, with regard to the length of time limitation of claims.
Erasure: making the data unidentifiable so that they cannot be restored at all. The facts related to the erasure or destruction of data shall be recorded.
Data Subject
Within the meaning of this Policy, Data Subjects are the following:
- Data Controller’s employees!
- all natural persons acting on behalf of individuals and legal entities from whom the Data Controller purchases services, or who establish a contractual relationship with the Data Controller as agents, contractors, sponsors or suppliers (hereinafter referred to as the ‘Partner’).


Consent of the Data Subject means any freely given, specific, informed and unambiguous indication of the Data Subject's wishes by which he or she, by a statement or by a clear affirmative action (hereinafter referred to as the ‘Statement’), signifies agreement to the processing of personal data relating to him or her.


Filing System
Any structured set of personal data which are accessible according to specific criteria,
whether centralised, decentralised or dispersed on a functional or geographical basis.


Personal Data Breach
A breach of security leading to the accidental or unlawful destruction, loss, alteration, unauthorised disclosure of, or unauthorised access to, personal data transmitted, stored or otherwise processed.


Third Party
A natural or legal person, public authority, agency or body other than the Data Subject, Data Controller, data processor and persons who, under the direct authority of the data controller or processor, are authorised to process personal data. For this Policy, third parties are natural or legal persons other than the Data Subject and the Data Controller.

Principles Relating to Processing of Personal Data


- Lawfulness, fairness, and transparency;
- Data shall be collected for specified, explicit and legitimate purposes and not further processed in a manner that is incompatible with those purposes (purpose limitation);  Women Startup Competition / Privacy Policy

Data shall be adequate, relevant and limited to what is necessary in relation to the purposes for which they are processed (data minimisation);
Data shall be accurate and, where necessary, kept up to date; every reasonable step must be taken to ensure that personal data that are inaccurate, having regard to the purposes for which they are processed, are erased or rectified without delay (accuracy);
Data shall be kept in a form which permits identification of the Data Subject for no longer than is necessary for the purposes for which the personal data are processed (storage imitation);
Data shall be processed in a manner that ensures appropriate security of the personal data, including protection against unauthorised or unlawful processing and accidental loss, destruction or damage, using appropriate technical or organisational measures (integrity and confidentiality).
Data Processing


Rules for Data Processing
Personal data can be processed at the Data Controller if the Data Subject has given consent to the processing of his or her personal data for one or more specific purposes; processing is necessary for the performance of a contract to which the Data Subject is a party or to take steps at the request of the Data Subject prior to entering into a contract; processing is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which the Data Controller is subject; processing is necessary for the legitimate interests pursued by the Data Controller or by a third party, except where such interests are overridden by the interests or fundamental rights and freedoms of the data subject which require protection of personal data.
At the Data Controller, only those persons are authorised to manage and process personal data for whom the management and processing of personal data are strictly necessary for the legal performance of their duties and their work. Employees engaged in data processing at the organisational units of the Data Controller are subject to confidentiality obligation in respect of the personal data they have access to. The detailed rules for processing the data and the penalties for violating them are contained in the Privacy Policy of the Data Controller.
Personal data that may be processed by the Data Controller for Partners, in the case of natural persons include the name and, if necessary, a telephone number and an e-mail address, however, depending on the content of the relevant contract or service, other personal data may also be processed in accordance with the purpose limitation and data minimisation principle.
Records of Data Processing
Data processing carried out at the Data Controller takes place in the Data Controller's IT and other systems.
Where two or more Data Controllers jointly determine the purposes and means of processing, they shall be considered as joint controllers. The joint controllers shall in a transparent manner determine their respective responsibilities, in particular as regards their duties in connection with the exercising of the rights of the Data Subject, by means of an arrangement between them. The arrangement may designate a contact point for Data Subject. The arrangement shall duly reflect the respective roles and relationships of the joint controllers vis-à-vis the Data Subject. The essence of the arrangement shall be made available to the Data Subject. Irrespective of the terms of the arrangement, the Data Subject may exercise his or her rights in respect of and against each of the data controllers.


Rights of Data Subjects
The Data Subject may request information from the responsible administrator of the Data Controller about the processing of his or her personal data, such as his or her data managed by the Data Controller or processed by the Processor mandated by the Data Controller, the purpose, legal basis, duration of the data processing, activity of the Processor contiguous to data management, and who and for what purpose are receiving or have received the data. The Data Controller shall provide the requested information free of charge as soon as possible after the submission of the request, but at the latest within 30 days in writing, in a clearly understandable form.
In the event of refusal to give information, the Data Controller shall inform the Data Subject in writing under which provision of Infotv. the refusal is made. In the event of denial of information, the Data Controller shall inform the Data Subject about the possibility applying for a judicial remedy and to the National Authority for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (hereinafter referred to as the ‘Authority’). 
In the event of a data change or incorrect recording of data, the Data Subject may request rectification of his or her processed data. Wrong data must be rectified by the Data Controller within 15 working days.
Except for statutory data processing, the Data Subject may request the erasure of his or her processed data without reasoning. The erasure must be completed immediately. The Data Controller may block personal data instead of erasing if so requested by the Data Subject, or if based on the information available it can be assumed that erasure could affect the legitimate interests of the Data Subject.
Personal data blocked this way can only be processed as long as the purpose of data processing which prevented their erasure persists.

In the event of violation of his or her rights with regard to data processing, the Data Subject shall be able to lodge a complaint to the head of the relevant department or the Data Controller’s executive director. In case of doubt, the Data Controller’s executive director shall decide within the shortest possible time, but not later than 15 days after the submission of the complaint. If the Data Subject does not consider the decision to be satisfactory or thinks that his or her rights have been prejudiced with regard to the processing of his or her personal data, the Data Subject may contact the court within 30 days of the decision date or the last day of the deadline.
If according to the findings of the Data Controller, the Data Subject’s objection is justified, it shall terminate all data processing operations, including data collection and transfer, shall erase the data and notify all those to whom any of these personal data had previously been transferred about the objection and the ensuing measures, upon which these recipients shall take measures regarding the enforcement of the objection.
The Data Controller shall not delete the data of the data subject if data processing has been prescribed by law. However, the personal data may not be transferred to the data recipient if the Data Controller agrees with the objection or if the court has found the objection justified. The Data Controller shall be liable for any damage caused to the Data Subject as a result of unlawful processing or by any breach of data security requirements. The Data Subject shall be liable for damage caused to the Data Controller by the Data Processor as well. The Data Controller shall be exempted from liability if it can prove that the damage was a result of obstacles outside the scope of data processing. No compensation shall be paid where the damage was a result of deliberate or grossly negligent conduct of the Data Subject or the injured party.

Where processing is based on consent, the Data Controller shall be able to demonstrate that the Data Subject has consented to the processing of his or her personal data. If the Data Subject's consent is given in the context of a written declaration which also concerns other matters, the request for consent shall be presented in a manner which is clearly distinguishable from the other matters, in an intelligible and easily accessible form, using clear and plain language. The Data Subject shall have the right to withdraw his or her consent at any time. The withdrawal of consent shall not affect the lawfulness of processing based on consent before its withdrawal. Prior to giving consent, the Data Subject shall be informed thereof. It shall be as easy to withdraw as to give consent.
When assessing whether consent is freely given, utmost account shall be taken of whether, inter alia, the performance of a contract, including the provision of services, is conditional on consent to the processing of such personal data that are not necessary for the performance of that contract.

Data Processing, Data Transfer, Combined Processing


Disclosures
Personal data may be disclosed to a third party by means of data transfer or disclosure.

Data Processing, Data Processing Contract
The Data Processor is responsible for the processing, alteration, erasure, transfer, and disclosure of personal data within the scope of its activities and within the framework set by the Data Controller.


The data processing organisation must conclude a contract in which the Data Processor agrees to process the data provided at its disposal only in order to meet the specified contractual objective, to commit itself to the confidential processing of the data, to comply with the provisions of the Legislation and to irreversibly erase the transferred data after reaching a contractual goal.

Combination of Data Transfer, Data Processing
Various data processing processes carried out at the Data Controller can be combined in the cases listed by the law. For protection electronically processed sets of data, the Data Controller ensures by means of an appropriate technical solution that the data stored in different records cannot be directly linked and assigned to the data subject unless permitted by law.


Both the transfer of personal data and the combination of data processing may be possible if the Data Subject has consented to it, or the data processing is required to perform a contract in which the Data Subject is one of the parties or is required to take action on the request of the Data Subject prior to the conclusion of the contract, also if the data processing is necessary for the fulfilment of the legal obligation relating to the Data Controller and if the data processing is necessary to enforce the legitimate interests of the Data Controller or Third Party, and otherwise the terms of data processing are met for each personal data. The Data Controller shall, in the absence of any other legal basis, acquire the consent of the Data Subject in all cases to transfer his or her data for the processing.


Disclosure of Personal Data
Any disclosure of personal data processed by the Data Controller is prohibited unless it
is ordered by law, or is expressly consented to by the Data Subject.

Security of Personal Data

Data Security Regulations, Data Protection
Data security regulations and measures are designed to protect data and data carriers against corruption, damage, destruction, and unauthorised access.
The necessary measures should be taken to ensure the security of personal data whether manually processed or stored, archived and processed on the computer.
Control


Compliance with the provisions on data protection, in particular, the provisions of this Policy, is regularly monitored by the management of organisational units responsible for data management and data processing.