Hey, big news, folks: the first round of the Women Startup Challenge launched by Women Who Tech in partnership with investors Joanne and Fred Wilson and myself, just came to an end, and a total of $365,681 was raised for women-led startups. It really was a photo finish over on CrowdRise, as over $10K was raised in just final 5 minutes…
The 30 startups that made it to the next round include:
- Echo Media Mobile S.P.C.
- LGBTQutie Mobile App
- MamaMilk Express
- Spring Design & Art
- MYOLO: Mortgage Applications Made Easy
- 2025 Labs
- Mina's List
- Zidisha: P2P Microlending Without Borders
- Pawprint: Electronic Health Records for Pets
- Shenami, BLLC
- Primary Book Club
- Amplify Loud
- On Second Thought
Animal Rescue Partner
Center for Technology and Civic Life
What's next? A panel of judges from the investor and tech community will review the startups entries and score them based on the viability of their startup. 10 startup finalists will move to the final round of the Women Startup Challenge: an in-person pitch competition in front of the judges at General Assembly in Washington, DC on June 30th. The winner will receive $50K in cash, no strings attached.
What was your favorite part of the Women Startup Challenge?
Stay tuned for more info on attending the Pitch Competition, live from DC.
*Update: The Womens Startup Challenge has increased the number of winning semi-finalists from 25 to 30 in order to allow more of the groups who submitted to take part in the competition.