Yes we all know that winter is coming. But something much more important than possible events across the Seven Kingdoms is also on it’s way: the 3rd and final Lean In EU WBA Pitching Battles contest.

The Lean In EU WBA Pitching Battles Part 3 is coming!

And this is a personal invitation, or call to action if you like, for all you female entrepreneurs and aspiring startuppers. If you are an early stage startup or fledgling business looking for funding, it’s time to put up or shut up. And we mean that in the nicest possible way!

Yes, it’s time to bring your best sales pitching game and get in front of some investors. Save the date, it’s November 2, right here at the Starttech Ventures’ HQ.

Applying is easy, you just complete the form on the F6S platform. Register today! The deadline for applications is October 12.

The state of play

The second round of the Greek Lean In EU WBAs Pitching Battles took place in June, and there were eight impressive startups involved during an inspiring event. The winners of that contest were: 1st place: ΑΓΩ – Augmented Reality system aiming to train people struggling with phobias overcome them by facing them in a virtual but realistic world.

Also, back in February we hosted the first round which was another action-packed session. On that occasion, KalaΘos – a web platform which facilitates online collaboration between sellers of fresh produce and traders, focusing on quality and traceability – came out on top. With eight more talented startups and some of Europe’s leading authorities on hand delivering key note speeches, both battles were all about great innovations, good vibes, and powerful investors.

We expect more of the same this time round.

The prizes

So why should you get involved? Well, you can win free startup mentoring for six months from us here at Starttech. Does that sound good? I thought so.

Not only that, you will get the chance to win a place (all expenses covered) to take part in the International Pitching Battle Final on December 11, 2018 in Modena, Italy for the Best Female Lean In EU WBAs Community Startup of 2018. The second and third placed startups will gain access to virtual mentoring services from Starttech Ventures’ Venture Building team.

The virtual acceleration services period will consist of bi-weekly calls, guidance on how to use Lean Canvas, how to set actionable metrics, how to do build-measure-learn cycles. The winning startups’ product or service must meet our criteria of being B2B software-based, and targeting north America and/or north-west Europe.

Who are the Lean In EU WBAs?

The LeanIn EU WBAs is a new development area in Europe supported by the European Commission. The aim is to increase the number of women business angels and women entrepreneurs in the EU. Several pitching events, like the one at Starttech, will be organised during the project in consortium countries to give a chance to entrepreneurs to connect with investors in the area and raise funding.

Rules for applying:

  • Participation is open to startups from any field
  • The startup can be founded in any country but must be able to participate at the chosen pitch event on the given date
  • The startup must be interested in raising investments
  • Only seed or early stage startups will be considered for participation (startup must have at least an MVP);
  • Both male and female founded startups can apply, but there must be at least 1 woman in the team
  • Priority will be given to women entrepreneurs who have participated in the LeanIn EU WBAs training programme

Provisional Schedule:

16:30: Welcome Coffee & Registration. Introduction.
17:00: Keynote speaker (TBA)
17:20: Introduction of investors and pitching rules
18:00: Pitches 1-4 (5 min pitch + 5 min Q&A for each)
18:45: Coffee break
19:00: Pitches 5-8 (5 min pitch + 5 min Q&A for each)
19:45: Announcement of winners
20:00: Networking & Farewell

Don’t delay, apply today!

There you go then. Now there’s no excuses. All that you budding female entrepreneurs need to do is apply, and you’ll be halfway there to taking part in the Athens leg of the 3rd and final Lean In EU WBAs Pitching Battles. Stop sitting staring at the screen thinking about it then. Get yourself in gear and apply today!

Graham Wood Graham Wood

The Starttech Ventures Storyteller. Studied Journalism with Business at the University of Central Lancashire. Has worked in various product marketing management positions for the likes of Nokia, Samsung and Vodafone, as well as in several journalism and media roles since 2000.