Business Competitions

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Women Startup Challenge

Resource: Women Startup Challenge
Hosted by: Women Who Tech
To learn more contact: http://womenwhotech.com/women-startup-challenge

The Women Startup Challenge funds and showcases game-changing women-led start-ups that are innovative, disruptive, and focused on solving problems for people, businesses, and the planet. It hosts national and regional start-up challenges where 10 of the most promising start-ups deliver their elevator pitches on stage in front of investors and a live audience.

Primary Assistance: Finance, Networks
Location(s): Varies over time
Primary Requirements: None
Industry Focus: Technology
First Step: Apply
Submission or start date: Yes

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Bad Girl Ventures Small Business Loan Competition

Resource: Bad Girl Ventures Small Business Loan Competition
Hosted by: Bad Girl Ventures
To learn more contact: http://www.badgirlventures.com/loans/

Bad Girl Ventures Small Business Loan Competition offers female entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch their business ideas and ventures to a panel of judges for the chance to win low-interest loans. Once accepted as finalists in the program, participants gain access to exclusive seminars, entrepreneurial courses, and peer mentoring.

Primary Assistance: Finance, Education
Location(s): Cincinnati and Cleveland, OH
Primary Requirements: Operating 5 years or less
Industry Focus: None
First Step: Apply
Submission or start date: Yes

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Girls in Tech Hackathon

Resource: Girls in Tech Hackathon
Hosted by: Girls in Tech
To learn more contact: http://girlsintech.org/programs/hackathon/

The Girls in Tech Hackathon is a code-a-thon where developers, designers, scientists, students, entrepreneurs, and educators gather to collaborate on projects including applications, software, hardware, data visualization, and platform solutions. The work developed in this event is appraised by an experienced panel of judges; every participant will be rewarded for their contribution, but extra prizes are available for standout Hackathon stars.

Primary Assistance: Networks, Technical Assistance
Location(s): San Francisco, CA
Primary Requirements: None
Industry Focus: Technology
First Step: Register
Submission or start date: Yes

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InnovateHER

Resource: InnovateHER
Hosted by: Small Business Administration
To learn more contact: https://www.sba.gov/offices/headquarters/wbo/resources/1465581

InnovateHER is a business prize competition that provides innovative entrepreneurs an opportunity to showcase products and services that have a measurable impact on the lives of women and families, have the potential for commercialization, and fill a need in the marketplace. Universities, accelerators, SBA Resource Partners, Microsoft stores and other organizations host local competitions and finalists compete in Washington D.C.

Primary Assistance: Finance
Location(s): Varies over time
Primary Requirements: None
Industry Focus: None
First Step: Apply
Submission or start date: Yes

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The Dolphin Tank

Resource: The Dolphin Tank
Hosted by: Springboard Enterprises
To learn more contact: https://sb.co/dolphintank/

Springboard Enterprises Dolphin Tank® programs are “helpful feedback-driven” pitch sessions designed to provide entrepreneurs with actionable insights from knowledgeable people. The Dolphin Tank isn’t about Sharks or Dragons or a competition for the best idea, it’s about channeling the expertise of the people in the room to provide connections and advice to help entrepreneurs take the next step.

Primary Assistance: Technical Assistance, Networks
Location(s): Varies over time
Primary Requirements: None
Industry Focus: Technology
First Step: Register
Submission or start date: Yes
Women-Centered: Yes
Access: In-person
Upfront Fees: Inquire with resource