Women Startup Challenge NYC
November 9th at Microsoft

In Partnership with Craig Newmark of craigslist and craigconnects

Why We’re Fired Up:

Only 7% of investor money goes to women-led startups. We’re going to help crush those stats!!

Women Startup Challenge NYC

Are you a women-led startup focused on solving problems for people, businesses, and the planet? The Women Startup Challenge, in partnership with Craig Newmark of craigslist and craigconnects hosts one of the largest national and regional startup challenges to showcase the most innovative and disruptive women-led startups. Prizes range from $25,000 to $50,000 and consultations with investors and startup-friendly services. Apply to the Women Startup Challenge NYC to be held at Microsoft in Times Square. Applications close 9/30.


Women Startup Challenge Pitch Competition Judges

Susan Lyne

President of BBG Ventures

Kathryn Finney

Founder and Managing Director of digitalundivided (DID)

Joanne Wilson



Victoria Song


Nisha Dua

Principal at BBG Ventures


Arlan Hamilton


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Sarah Kunst

Venture Partner at Future Perfect Ventures

Penny Lee

Chair, K Street Capital

Maci Peterson

CEO of On Second Thought


Lisa Stone

Chief Community Officer at SheKnows Media


Diane Tate

Program Manager of Mozilla

Shelly Kapoor Collins

Startup Advisor


Elizabeth Yin

Partner at 500 Startups


Sibyl Edwards

Executive Director, Digital DC Technology Fund

Adam Zuckerman

Director – Ventures & Innovation, Discovery Communications

Drew Bernard

Co-founder and CEO of ActionSprout.com

Elizabeth Galbut

Founding Partner SoGal Ventures and A-Level Capital

Pocket Sun

Founder, SoGal

Ligaya Tichy

Investor, 37 Angels

Renee DiResta

Vice President of Business Development, Haven

Women Startup Database

Calling all women-led startups! Get your startup listed in the Women Startup Database. We’ll help you connect to investors, reporters, and other entrepreneurs. As Susan Lyne says, “Anyone who says they can’t find good women entrepreneurs to invest in is not looking.”

Join the Women Startup Database!

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Here’s the Deal…

Women-led startups generate more revenue than men. Yet, 93% of investor money still goes to startups founded by men despite the data.

Higher ROI generated by women-led private technology companies.

Higher revenue generated by women-led companies than men.

High net-worth women have earned their own fortunes.