Sponsorships

Sponsor the Women Startup Challenge

What: The Women Startup Challenge is one of the largest initiatives to bring together top early-stage women-led startups. In partnership with Craig Newmark of craigslist and craigconnects, we fund 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 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.

Our Impact:
In just a few months….

  • Nearly $500,000 raised to support women-led startups through the Women Startup Challenge.
  • 500+ women-led startup applicants from across the US.
  • 40% of Women Startup Challenge finalists have been women of color.
  • 700+ attendees comprised of founders, engineers, investors, tech press, etc.
  • #WomenStartupChallenge has trended on Twitter during each pitch competition.
  • Alumni have closed seven-figure rounds.
  • Alumni have been accepted into the most competitive accelerators.
  • Sponsorship support from industry movers and shakers including Fred and Joanne Wilson, Craig Newmark, Microsoft, Medium, BBG Ventures, 500 Startups, and more.

Target Audience: Women Who Tech and the Women Startup Challenge reaches 10,000+ women across the US and globally who are developers, engineers, entrepreneurs, designers, product managers, and leaders.

Women Who Tech Fast Facts:

  • Over 500K social reach.
  • Ranked as the top 5% of social media users.
  • 10K+ email list comprised of women in tech, diverse entrepreneurs and founders, investors, tech media, and influencers and leaders.
  • @WomenWhoTech is ranked as one of the top women in tech accounts to follow on Twitter by Forbes and Huffington Post.
  • 5 TeleSummits held, so far, reaching 4,000+ women in tech and entrepreneurs from across the US.
  • Profiled in Fast Company, Forbes, INC, BuzzFeed, Huffington Post, New York Observer, ReadWrite, BlogHer, etc.
  • 7 year history featuring some of the most influential women in tech and startups, such as Arianna Huffington, Lisa Stone – CoFounder of BlogHer, Rashmi Sinha – CoFounder of SlideShare, Joanne Wilson – Angel Investor, Lynne Johnson – formerly of Fast Company, and more.

Why Sponsor: Sponsors make it possible to help reshape the future of tech, diversify it, and to help fund game-changing women-led startups. You make it possible for the Women Startup Challenge to happen. This is a significant opportunity for you to reach and recruit influential women and diverse entrepreneurs launching startups and working in tech. Sponsors receive prominent recognition ranging from advertising to speaking opportunities, early investment opportunities, in-person demos, and exhibiting opportunities.
See Ad Sponsorship Levels below.

SHEro Venturer: $25,000:

Be recognized as one of our biggest supporters of women in tech and startups. Connect directly with a diverse skillset of entrepreneurs, developers, engineers, designers, product managers, and leaders.

Benefits

  • Present opening remarks during the Women Startup Challenge Pitch Competition, a high profile event that always sells out!
  • Exhibitor/demo table at Women Startup Challenge.
  • Opportunity to meet one-on-one with each of the finalists from the Women Startup Challenge.
  • 10 Women Startup Challenge attendee badges.
  • Logo on WomenWhoTech.com website and event ticketing platform.
  • Option to show a video or deck showcasing your company or product during the Women Startup Challenge.
  • Thank you announcement on stage at Women Startup Challenge.
  • Organization mentioned in all press and online outreach.
  • Social media exposure for organization before, during, and after the Women Startup Challenge.
  • Opportunity to plug your organization’s upcoming events, services, etc. in Women Who Tech e-newsletter updates.
  • Organization’s mission/services highlighted on WomenWhoTech.com sponsor webpage.
  • Two dedicated sponsor emails sent to our 10K+ email list.
  • Attend Reception at Startup Challenge.

SHEro Angel: $15,000:

Benefits

  • Present during the Women Startup Challenge Pitch Competition, a high profile event that always sells out!
  • Exhibitor/demo table at Women Startup Challenge.
  • Five Women Startup Challenge Pitch Competition attendee badges.
  • Logo on WomenWhoTech.com website and event ticketing platform.
  • Thank you announcement on stage at Women Startup Challenge.
  • Organization mentioned in all press and online outreach.
  • Social media exposure for company before, during, and after the Women Startup Challenge.
  • Opportunity to plug your organization’s upcoming events, services, etc. in Women Who Tech e-newsletter updates.
  • Organization’s mission/services highlighted on WomenWhoTech.com sponsor webpage.
  • One dedicated sponsor email sent to our 10K+ email list.
  • Attend Reception at Startup Challenge.

SHEro Startup: $10,000:

Benefits

  • Exhibitor/demo table at Women Startup Challenge.
  • Three Women Startup Challenge Pitch Competition attendee badges.
  • Logo on WomenWhoTech.com website and event ticketing platform.
  • Thank you announcement on stage at Women Startup Challenge.
  • Organization mentioned in all press and online outreach.
  • Social media exposure for company before, during, and after the Women Startup Challenge.
  • Opportunity to plug your organization’s upcoming events, services, etc. in Women Who Tech e-newsletter updates.
  • Organization’s mission/services highlighted on WomenWhoTech.com sponsor webpage.
  • Attend Reception at Startup Challenge.

SHEropreneur: $5,000:

Benefits

  • Two Women Startup Challenge attendee badges.
  • Logo on WomenWhoTech.com website and event ticketing platform.
  • Thank you announcement at Women Startup Challenge.
  • Organization mentioned in all press and online outreach.
  • Organization’s mission/services highlighted on WomenWhoTech.com sponsor webpage.
  • Attend Reception at Startup Challenge.

To Become A Sponsor:

Contact Allyson via email at Allyson@womenwhotech.com or by phone at 202-290-2218.

Some additional sponsorship opportunities may be available, in addition to those listed above.