Female Founder Challenge

Mar 17, 2022

Donor: Viva Technology

Viva Technology is accepting applications for its Female Founder Challenge.
They act as a powerful global catalyst for digital transformation and startup growth. Every year, VivaTech brings together in Paris and online the greatest business leaders, startups, investors, researchers and innovators to ignite positive change in business and for society. The 6th edition of VivaTech will be held on June 15-18 2022.

Viva Technology acts as a powerful global catalyst for digital transformation and startup growth. Every year, VivaTech brings together in Paris and online the greatest business leaders, startups, investors, researchers and innovators to ignite positive change in business and for society. The 6th edition of VivaTech will be held on June 15-18 2022.

50inTech is a professional community dedicated to improving the experience of women in tech, by providing resources and facilitating introductions to help grow their business and careers.

Objectives

For the fourth year in a row, VivaTech, in partnership with 50inTech, launches the Female Founder Challenge (FFC) with two main objectives:

  • facilitate VC-startup meetings to accelerate the financing of women-led startups

  • urge VC funds to commit to more gender equality at all levels

Challenge Details
  • All Participants

  • Access to a free online bootcamp on fundraising

  • 5 Finalists

  • Pitch your solution in front of a jury of top VCs and investors

  • 1:1 appointments with VC during Office Hours

  • A Startup Corner digital package for VivaTech 2022

  • 2 free Startup Full Passes for Viva Technology Event 2022

  • 1 Winner

  • Visibility on Viva Technology Event

  • A private meeting with the FFC’s high-level VC jury

  • A speaking opportunity with Maddyness (at the discretion of the editorial staff)

  • Mentoring sessions on fundraising

  • A startup booth at VivaTech 2023

Why this challenge?

From left to right, they keep hearing tech news about the next unicorn (or decacorn), the huge boom in startup funding and the importance of investing in diverse founders.

Why Participate?
  • If you are a self-identifying woman founder, co-founder, CEO or co-CEO of a global startup in the process of raising funds (be it seed, series A, B, C or beyond) wanting to expand your network then the FFC is for you. They know how difficult it can be to gain access to global investors and make those critical connections. You don’t have access to global investors or your lack investor connections?

  • This Challenge offers you a unique opportunity to master your investor pitch, get exclusive access to investors and get a great visibility during an hybrid event open to a diverse audience.

  • The Challenge includes an online bootcamp on fundraising, 1:1 meetings with investors (Office Hours), a guided tour of VivaTech, an afterwork with women executives and VC, a pitch contest and an award ceremony.

Selection Criteria
  • Innovation: Relevance, originality and innovation level of the tech solution compared to existing alternatives

  • Scalability: Feasibility, realism and viability (technical, economic and environmental) of implementing the solution

  • Team profile: Profile of the founder(s) and co-founder(s), ability to lead the project to success, hard and soft skills of the operational team

  • Business model: Demonstrated traction and product-market fit

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