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The Kendra Scott Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute Presents Female Founder Competition

The Female Founder Pitch Competition showcases emerging businesses and technologies that are paving the way to have a significant impact on the world. Open to all UT Austin undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, alumnae, and startup ecosystem women-founders, this startup competition aims to highlight innovation happening in the heart of Texas.

*This pitch competition is open to all female-identifying founders

Pitch and Hook 'Em Lockup

Semifinalists coming soon

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the competition
Kendra Scott

During this event, female founders will pitch their early-stage startup onstage to a panel of seasoned entrepreneurs, investors, corporate, and government leaders.

Participants will be judged based on the innovativeness and viability of their product or service. There will be a winner from each division along with a “crowd choice award” voted on by the audience. Outside of cash prizes, in-kind resources such as office space, hardware, and software needed to move a startup forward will also be awarded.

The top 25 finalists will be connected to advisors, coaches, and mentors who will provide deck and pitch practice, professional services, and expert advice as founders create viable business plans and prepare to take the stage to pitch their idea.

eligibility

THERE WILL BE FIVE DIVISIONS TO ENTER INTO:

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UT Austin Undergraduate

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UT Austin Graduate or Postdoc

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UT Austin Faculty/Staff

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UT Austin Longhorn Alumnae

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Community Startups

ALL PARTICIPATING COMPANIES MUST BE:

Early-Stage Startup

Seeking seed, angel or A round funding (under $3M) with at least a minimum viable product that is past conceptual stage.

Female Owned

Companies must be at least 51% woman-owned.

Demo-Ready

Product or service must be demonstrable with a completed MVP or pilot.

Available to Pitch Live

All selected participants must be available to pitch their company live on stage 10/20/2021 in Austin, Texas.

prize levels
1st Place - $7,500 in each division

1ST PLACE

$7,500

per division

2nd Place - $2,500 in each division

2ND PLACE

$2,500

per division

Crowd Choice Award

CROWD CHOICE

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COMPUTER

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sponsors
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