As the founder of two technology companies, I'm often the lone woman in a crowd of dudes. That’s why I love Women 2.0, an organization based in San Francisco, whose mission is to increase the number of female founders of tech start-ups.
A lot of women with great ideas aren’t sure how to launch their ideas—they’re busy with high-pressure day jobs or don’t know where to begin or what it means to be an entrepreneur. “We tell these women: you just have to start,” says Angie Chang, the Chief Marketing Officer and co-founder of Women 2.0. “Once they get a little more support and encouragement, they’re rolling.”
Women 2.0's 4th Annual PITCH event is open to early-stage ventures around the world. Winners receive meetings with iconic investors like Esther Dyson and Matt Murphy of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.
Joining the competition is somewhat unusual (and fun): You fill out a one-page application online, then mail in a two-minute video pitching your consumers and a paper-napkin business plan (just like the photo above). The finalists then get to present to a panel of investors at the Women 2.0 PITCH Night on November 4 in San Francisco.
A deadline helps, too: submissions are due NEXT FRIDAY October 8th. Carpe opportunity, as they say.