Everything You Need to Know about the Women Startup Competition

The Women Startup Competition is a community of European women founders.

These supportive mentors have made, or are making, the same journey that all entrepreneurs go through when establishing and growing their ventures. The Women Startup Competition recognises the value of providing support, particularly in the early stages of a business.

The organisation has helped 750 female-led businesses in 10 countries.

Beyond its competition events, the non-profit offers a variety of mentoring programmes targeting tech startups and small businesses. The organisation enables entrepreneurs to connect with an extensive network of venture capitalists, angel investors, and global corporations as well as local startup ecosystems and non-profit organisations.

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It organises the European Competition Roadshow.

Every year, the Women Startup Competition hosts the European Competition Roadshow in various European locations with the aim of providing early-stage female-led startups with pitching opportunities and brand exposure. Semi-finalists attend the finals in London, where they pitch to a board of global investors, corporate executors, angel investors, and press.

The Women Startup Competition website features information on 2020 events.

The non-profit will be staging events throughout the year in 10 different countries, including the Czech Republic, Hungary, Israel, Russia, Romania, Poland, Austria, Germany, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

The winners of the 2019 competition included Genetika+ and Beauty Despite Cancer.

Led by Talia Cohen Solal, Genetika+ developed state-of-the art technology to identify which antidepressant is most advantageous to each patient. This breakthrough enables care givers to treat depression faster and more effectively.

Why are initiatives like the Women Startup Competition so important?

Almost 50 per cent of startup owners acknowledge serious issues in terms of gender bias. In fact, four in 10 female founders report encountering gender bias on a regular basis in establishing and running their businesses. Additionally, 42 per cent of female business founders believe gender discrimination against them will remain unaltered as they scale up their businesses.

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Nicole Junkermann

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Nicole Junkermann is a self-made, international entrepreneur and investor.