Empowering female founders across Europe
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About Women Startup Competition
Empowering female founders
WSC is a not-for-profit business incubation platform with a network of passionate, spirited and experienced entrepreneurs, strategists, thinkers with a wide variety of backgrounds. Our mission is to educate and inspire women to start their own businesses/startups, and to support them in the challenging early years especially when being a female entrepreneur.
Moreover WSC is a community of supportive female founders across Europe who walk or has walked the same journey of struggles, so they know the value of supporting each other.
WSC's signature is a yearly startup competition series across Europe giving early-stage female-founded or female-led startups pitching and networking opportunity, brand exposure through PR, and professional support in the crucial early-stages of idea validation, getting first funding and getting seen. Over the past 5 years we have engaged with 750 female founded businesses in 10 countries.
Beyond the competition events WSC offers different mentoring programs for both small businesses and tech startups, has wide connections to VC's, angel investors, big corporates, to local startup ecosystems, non-profit organizations.
European Competition Roadshow
Get attention, grow woman praticipation, entrepreneurs and investors
WSC's signature is a yearly startup competition series across Europe with the mission to give early-stage female-founded or female-led startups brand exposure, pitching opportunity, and presenting semi-finalists from each country at a Final Event (London) to a panel of international investors, press, corporate executives and angel investors.
Our competitions are covered both in local and international PR, and in our sponsors' channel. Apply and get seen! Network!
Application process and competition program
Be one of the finalists!
The Registration just started for 2019: https://www.f6s.com/6thwomenstartupcompetition
Competition's official website: http://www.womenstartupcompetition.com/
Find all the local events here: http://www.womenstartupcompetition.com/#events
Can’t find yours? Stay tuned as we will be announcing even more locations this month. Meanwhile, you can also register to the one closest to you!
Check dates, locations and apply online. Our experts select shortlisted teams who can pitch at our event.
Shortlisted teams in each country are invited to a speed mentoring session the day before the competition. Our local mentors help you to finalize your pitch (presentation skills), and discuss any challenging questions that might be asked by the jury next day (go-to-market strategy, legal, business model, etc.)
2 mins pitches with a 3 mins Q&A for each team. Jury is a panel of local investors, sponsors (senior executives of big corporates), startup mentors, angel investors.
We announce 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. Winner is invited together along with the other countries's winner to the final Demo Day in London (around November, exact date to be announced soon).
Startups with majority of women
The only requirement set by the organizers is that the applicants must be: startup is lead by female or founders/co-founder(s) should be ladies or female founded startups 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.
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.
More is coming!
We are your help all around the world
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.
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?
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?
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.