Have an idea for a drone business and in need of some funding?
Google is co-hosting a pitch competition with U.S.-based non-profit Women Who Tech that will give winning female entrepreneurs $50,000 toward their startups.
The competition is called the Women Startup Challenge: Emerging Tech, and is focused on showcasing top early-stage women-led technology startups.
The group is already accepting applications between now and Dec. 15. Of those applications, the judges will narrow it down to 10 finalists, who will pitch their ideas to a panel of investors including Nisha Dua, Partner at AOL’s BBG Ventures, Rebecca Kaden, Partner at Union Square Ventures, and Hoolie Tejwani, Vice President at Obvious Ventures, at Google’s office in New York City in March 2018.
All finalists will walk away with pitch coaching and mentoring from the investors.
To qualify to enter the competition, all ideas must incorporate technology, and all teams must have a technical founder or co-founder. Startups must be woman-led, so at least one of the team’s co-founders must be female. And it’s for startups, so all teams can not have raised more than $2.1 million.
Got an idea that isn’t exactly drone related? The startup challenge is open to a variety of technology startups, whether it’s Augmented Reality, Blockchain, IoT, Space and Robotics, Transportation, Biotech, Virtual Reality, Energy, or Agriculture tech.
Women Who Tech has hosted similar competitions in years past, awarding more than $1 million in cash. 40% of finalists have been women of color, and many alumni end up in other competitive accelerators like Techstars.
What are you waiting for? Apply here.