I am so thrilled to help promote this female founder in tech competition and honored to be a judge. Quesnay, an innovation consulting firm focused on accelerating growth among startups and corporations, officially launched its inaugural Female Founders in Tech competition to address the gap in female leaders by recognizing and supporting female-founded startups that positively impact the financial services and/or insurance technology industries.
Applications for startups begins October first, and closes October 31st. My fierce, fintech female founders who want to apply can do so here. And all the info about the competition, including prizes and timeline, are here.
"As a longtime advocate of female entrepreneurship, Quesnay is very excited to leverage our extensive experience running global innovation competitions for corporate clients to launch our inaugural Female Founders in Tech competition," said Jennifer Byrne, president of Quesnay. "Women often lack access to funding and mentorship to grow their businesses. Among the nearly 500 deals closed in the Fintech sector in the US in 2016, less than a dozen went to companies founded by women. We hope to make a positive and immediate impact to showcase female-founded companies with viable products that could be quickly scaled through meaningful partnerships."
Applicants will gain visibility to a community of thought leaders from the venture capital and investor communities, the insurance, finance and technology industries and prominent universities. Among the applicants, six finalists will be selected to participate in a live pitch event on December 11, hosted by Open Innovation Lab at Alley powered by Verizon, and receive personalized guidance from the competition's corporate sponsors. In addition, finalists will receive Microsoft Azure cloud computing credit.
For more information on the competition, visit www.quesnays.com/competitions