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StartHer, the Paris based non-profit organization that supports women in technology and entrepreneurship, is pleased to launch the StartHer Awards, Europe’s biggest competition for female-founded startups. The event will take place with to the support of Mastercard, RCI Bank and Services, Datadog and Anaxago; and in partnership with Microsoft, Stripe, Station F, Airbnb, Babbler, La FrenchTech, SXSW, Slush, WebSummit, Mon Banquet, Femmes Business Angels, Paris Pionières, Vlam, Forbes, RTL Girls and Maddyness. The Awards will take place in Paris on October 19th at new startup mega campus Station F.
Finalists will be pitching in front of a prestigious international Jury which includes Jelena Ewart, Growth & FinTech advisor & NerdWallet General Manager; Sophie Guibaud, VP Europe, Fidor Group; Evgenia Plotnikova, Senior VC, Atomico; Robin Wauters, Founder & CEO, Tech.eu. We are thrilled to welcome Romain Dillet, journalist at Techcrunch as Master of Ceremony for the evening.
Victoria Saue, Head of Legal and Compliance for e-Residency program (Estonia) will also be joining us for an interview with Romain Dillet.
The competition will be preceded by a “50 in Tech” lunch with La FrenchTech and a fun workshop to discover what it’s like to be a developer. Ticket are limited, but free. The workshop will take place in Station F, 3-4pm.
This year, the winner will be awarded 10.000€ by StartHer to help develop her project and all finalists will be able to benefit from several of our partner offers including Microsoft, Stripe and tickets to attend Slush, SXSW or WebSummit.
The StartHer Awards: A unique European event showcasing female entrepreneurs
As an extension of the successful Lady Pitch Night competition, which has been held in Paris for the last five years, the StartHer Awards aims to highlight and give visibility to female startup founders, and to encourage diversity in tech.
Some of the the previous winners of the event include Findify (Sweden), Buzzdoes (Israel) and EasySize (Denmark). Following their win, EasySize raised two rounds of funding, with notable participation by Fashion Capital Partners and Nicolas Santi-Weil, founder of The Kooples. EasySize has also since released a new product (Size Advice), reinforced their European presence, begun their expansion into the Asian market, and built out their team with employees in the UK and the Middle East. Their next market will be France!
“This competition is much more than a one-day event; it’s a dynamic and solid community that has continued on after the competition. It’s really exciting to be a part of it,” says Gulnaz Khusainova, founder of EasySize, and winner of the 2015 Lady Pitch Night competition. “The event helped us to attract the attention of French investors, which was a huge help! Assistance with growing our business in France has been useful, as it’s one of our major target markets.”
Click here to apply to the StartHer Awards – the event is sold out, but we have opened a waiting list. We look forward to meeting you!
A warm thank-you goes to all our sponsors and partners: