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

The Women Startup Challenge funds and showcases game-changing women-led startups that are innovative, disruptive, and focused on solving problems for people, businesses, and the planet. We host national and regional startup challenges where 10 of the most promising startups deliver their elevator pitches on stage in front of investors and a live audience. Prizes range from $25,000 to $50,000 in addition to consultations with investors and startup-friendly services.

See why BuzzFeed and the New York Observer say that the Women Startup Challenge is one of the few organizations disrupting a culture and economy that has made it exceedingly difficult for women entrepreneurs to access capital.

See the Finalists!

Women Startup Challenge Pitch Competition Judges

Susan Lyne

President of BBG Ventures

Kathryn Finney

Founder of digitalundivided (DID)

Joanne Wilson



Victoria Song


Women Startup Challenge Pitch Competition Finalists

Seema Gohil

Founder, Closet Collective

Stefanie Lemcke

Founder, GoKid

Jingjing Tian

Founder, HeyU

Bethany Edwards

Founder, LIA Diagnostics

Sanna Gaspard, PhD

Founder, Rubitection

Kat Alexander

Founder, Siren

Dr. Sabine Seymour

Founder, SoftSpot by Moonlab

Bridget Hogue Costello

Vice President, StyleSage

Elise Runde Voss

Founder, UpScored

Aileen Gemma Smith

Founder, Vizalytics

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.