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Women Startup Challenge at Google

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111 8th Avenue (15th Street Entrance)

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You are invited to attend the Women Startup Challenge, focused on solving big problem - cohosted with Google. Join us for one of the biggest innovative events celebrating women founders on May 29th in New York City.

The world around us is struggling to combat the largest issues globally right now, from climate change to healthcare to violations of basic human rights. Women Who Tech has some of the most promising startups who have the solutions to these problems, but struggle to raise capital simply because the playing field for women isn’t level. For the second year in a row, only 2.2% of investor money went to women-led startups. That's unacceptable. We need to stop the diversity pledges and actually start funding women-led startups. Our future literally depends on it.

Before the Women Startup Challenge Pitch Competition begins, there will be a networking reception with catered hors d'oeuvres and drinks - you can mingle with startups, investors, and the tech community.

The ten finalists will pitch and showcase their disruptive venture before a panel of tech industry executives and investors including:

  • Ellie Wheeler (Partner at Greycroft)
  • Esther Dyson (Executive Founder of Wellville, Investor)
  • Jen Wolf (Partner and COO of Initialized Capital)
  • Jennifer Fielding (Managing Director of Techstars and Cofounder of The Fund)
  • Nashilu Mouen-Makoua (Investor at First Round Capital)
  • Nisha Dua (General Partner at BBG Ventures)

The startups will compete for $50,000 as an equity free cash grant and $280,000 in Google Cloud services.

The 2019 Women Startup Challenge finalists are:

  • Basepaws, who have built the "23andMe" DNA solution for pets, focused on breed, health, and nutrition. (Pitching: Anna Skaya)

  • Ejenta, who are leading a movement of remote health monitoring licensed by NASA AI technology. (Pitching: Rachna Dhamija)

  • Elidah, who have developed The Elitone device. Wearable and non-invasive, it works to stimulate the pelvic floor muscles to help address the urinary incontinence experienced by 1 in 3 women. (Pitching: Gloria Kolb)

  • Farm Fare, who built a customized platform linking farmers and food hubs to wholesale channels across regions, enabling wider distribution and access to hyper-local food. (Pitching: Cullen Naumoff)

  • Good Call NYC, who have established a centralized 24/7 arrest support hotline to provide legal support for those detained in under a minute. (Pitching: Stephanie Yim)

  • i-Subz, who developed a platform that links substitute teachers with schools serving low-income students, facilitating immediate hiring and same day pay. (Pitching: Jasmine Edwards)

  • Metalmark Innovations, whose breakthrough Catalytic Converter technology turns toxic exhausts into breathable air. (Pitching: Sissi Liu)

  • PathSpot, who protects restaurants and their customers from the threat of foodborne illness by scanning employees hands to see if they have any harmful contamination that could make someone sick in less than 2 seconds. (Pitching: Christine Schindler)

  • Queen of Raw, who built a marketplace based on blockchain and ML/AI where companies can buy and sell unused textiles, profiting from waste and saving the environment. (Pitching: Stephanie Benedetto)

  • The Growcer, which designs and manufactures hydroponic container farms to facilitate the growth of produce in the most extreme conditions - from deserts to tundras - as a solution to food insecurity. (Pitching: Alida Burke)

Note: When reserving more than one ticket, you must enter the information for each individual, as Google requires it for entry. You may not reserve multiple tickets under one name.

This is a free event that will sell out quickly. Seating on May 29th is on a first come, first serve basis. RSVPs do not guarantee entry. Once the event space fills up the night of the Women Startup Challenge, no more guests will be permitted due to fire code regulations, even if you have RSVP'd in advance. Your best chance for getting a seat is to arrive by the time the doors open at 5PM - but no guarantees. If you RSVP and are unable to attend, please let us know so we can open up a ticket for someone on the waiting list! Tickets are non-transferable.

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