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Startup Women of the Year Competition 2023

388 George St
Sydney NSW 2000
The Commons

Thursday 23 November from 6pm to 8pm

Too often, traditional pitch events favour a specific performative mould. However, we recognise that innovation isn't limited to those with a flair for extroversion or stage presence. Many brilliant minds excel in problem-solving, tech, and customer experience, yet are overshadowed by the conventional pitch format.

Our competition is the game-changer. It's the ultimate anti-pitch, designed to focus on what truly matters: the essence of startups, which is to address and solve significant global challenges. This competition redefines what is conventional and is dedicated to celebrating and uplifting women-led businesses in Australia. With a keen focus on the tech, e-comm, and startup sectors, our mission is to shine a spotlight on the incredible achievements of Australia's emerging women entrepreneurs and accelerate their journey towards success.

Apply here now

Nationwide reach:

We're on the hunt for the brightest and best across the entire nation. No matter where you are in Australia, if you're a woman leading a startup, we want to hear from you!

Prizes to boost your business:

The stakes are high, and the rewards are even higher. Enter for a chance to win a phenomenal prize pack valued at over $50,000! This includes a whopping $10,000 in cash to propel your business forward.

  • $10K cash to the winner thanks to F5 Collective

  • 3 mentoring sessions led by Tracey Warren at F5 Collective for the winner 

  • One Roof memberships to the Top 10 finalists with one year of extensive business support (valued at $500) 

  • A free marketing audit with Stella Startups (worth $1200), including 10% off their tell package and 15% off their audit package for the Top 30 shortlisted finalists

  • The winner can choose either 1 free premium ad spot (usually worth $350) with Overnight Success or a heavily discounted Startup Deep Dive article (usually worth $1,200 and only pay $500. 

  • 2x scholarship spots for the Press Play startup program for women held in Victoria 

  • A scholarship to Scale's FoundEd online education program and a 1:1 call with the investment team

  • One year free Lift Angel membership to the finalists and winner.

  • 2x LUNA consultation sessions for the winner (1 hour legal and 1 hour accounting/tax), redeemable within 6 months from winning

  • More to be announced!

The grand final:

Mark your calendars for November 23! The competition will culminate in a live event in Sydney, where we'll hear from our top 4 finalists alongside a panel of guest judges who are ready to lend their expertise to the next generation of women entrepreneurs. And remember this is the ultimate anti-pitch so it will be nothing like any other pitch event you have ever attended. 

Key dates:

  • Application deadline: Applications are open now and close at 11:59pm Sydney time on Sunday 12 November 2023.

  • Meetups: As we build up to the grand final, join us at our nationwide meetups. Connect, network, and learn with fellow entrepreneurs and industry experts.

Contact event organiser

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