PitcHER

Congratulations to our AnitaB.org PitcHER™ winners!

About the AnitaB.org PitcHER™ contest

The annual AnitaB.org PitcHER™ contest is a pitch competition brought leading women entrepreneurs to Grace Hopper Celebration – the world’s largest gathering of women technologists – with the goal of supporting, encouraging, and providing new funding opportunities to these entrepreneurs.

This year, we are looking for entrepreneurs from all industries who are leading early stage technology startups. The top 10 finalists will compete at Virtual Grace Hopper Celebration and will receive registration to attend Virtual Grace Hopper Celebration.

The top 10 finalists will also compete for a total of $100,000 in prize money – to be split among the top three finalists and an Audience Favorite.

If we select you as a finalist, you must be available for the virtual PitcHER™ competition from September 29 through October 3, 2020.

Who Can Apply

  • Executive Team: You (the applicant and, if selected as a finalist, the pitch presenter) must identify as a woman, be the founder of your business, and be part of the current executive team (e.g. the CEO or CTO).
  • Stage: Your startup is in its early stage of development (seed): You have a minimum viable product (MVP), have conducted some pilots, and have gotten some user feedback. Revenue is not required.
  • Funding: Your startup has raised less than $2 million in total funding including self-funding, friends & family, angel investors, grants, etc.
  • Location: Your startup is based in the U.S. and serves the U.S. market (although it may also be international).
  • Return of Capital: (For-profit startups only) Your startup provides compelling evidence that it will be profitable enough to reward investors for risk.
  • Scale of Impact: (Nonprofit startups only) Your startup provides compelling evidence that it will have an impact that aligns with its mission.

Finalists will be selected based on a range of criteria, including:

  • Innovation: What is new or innovative about your tech product or service?
  • Impact: What positive impact does your business have for women and/or families and children?
  • Business Model: (For-profit startups only) Your startup is “venture-scalable;” there is potential to grow into a billion-dollar venture.
  • Theory of Change: (Nonprofit startups only) Your startup has a strong and clear theory of change; there is contextual knowledge of public policy, economics, and/or technology.

AnitaB.org PitcHER™ FAQ

What are the application eligibility criteria?

The eligibility criteria to apply to be a part of the annual AnitaB.org PitcHER™ contest are outlined on this page for your Executive Team, Stage, Funding, Location, Return of Capital, and Scale of Impact. This competition is sector agnostic; we welcome all entrepreneurs who are leading early stage technology startups and who meet the listed criteria to apply.

What is the application process timeline?

Applications close June 3, 2019, 5 p.m. PT.

When will the finalists be announced? How will they be notified?

On June 24, we will notify all applicants whether they have been selected as semifinalists. Semifinalists will need to participate in a 20-minute virtual interview in late June or early July. We will notify finalists via email on July 17.

What are the pitch competition prizes?

1st Place — $35,000
2nd Place — $25,000
3rd Place — $20,000
Audience Favorite — $20,000

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Roe v. Wade Has Been Overturned. You Have Every Right to Be Upset. Here’s how to take action

We at AnitaB.org, are disheartened and dismayed by the United States Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, a landmark ruling that enabled the right of an abortion to people around the nation. AnitaB.org brings together allies and champions across every sector to advance intersectional gender equity in technology. The technologists we support are also people impacted by targeted oppressive and unjust laws including laws that restrict reproductive rights. Not only do we empower technologists through our year-long programming but, we also advocate for better systemic solutions for the workforce and for their humanity. 

In response to the Supreme Court ruling, we are joining to elevate the calls to action of our social justice colleagues and community partners. 

If you feel called to do something today or in the next coming days, here are some action steps:  

  • Support and donate to Repro Legal Defense Fund, which is a national organization that covers bail and funds strong defense for people who are investigated, arrested, or prosecuted for abortion. Because no one should be behind bars for ending their pregnancy or helping someone else do so.
  • Support and donate to Plan C, an educational resource for learning about how people in the US access abortion pills.
  • Support and donate to your local Planned Parenthood, independent abortion clinics, and abortion funds.
  • Go to the streets and join a protest near you. Most protests are happening today at 5 PM at the federal courthouses or state capitols.

AnitaB.org is also launching a political advocacy series, Power to the People, with our first event on July 20th. The first event of this series, Power to People: Abortion Rights and Digital Privacy, will elevate the voices of abortion advocates and the risks emerging with digital rights and privacy. This event will empower you to take additional action regarding abortion rights and data privacy. Stay tuned for more information about this upcoming event. 

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