Do you have an awesome business idea the world needs to see? Do you want to win money for those great ideas? Check out these upcoming pitch competitions around the DC area to get your idea out there and win prize money!
Female Founders Showcase (ASAP!)
Calling all ladies who own a tech business! The Female Founders Showcase is looking for women who have started companies which are software or internet based, are accessible through an app or website, or has patentable technology. The Vinetta Project hosts pitch competitions every few months where entrepreneurs compete for $20,000. Registration is rolling so sign up ASAP! Click here to see when their next competition is and fill out the application.
Black Girl Ventures Pitch Competition (ASAP!)
Sign up today to compete in one of the four Black Girl Ventures Pitch Competitions in DC every year! This is a truly unique event where winners are picked by the audience. Among getting to keep the tickets sales, the winner also receives a free accountant consultation, a meeting with an investor, and 12 free t-shirts! If you are a black female entrepreneur who can work a crowd, this competition is for you! Registration is rolling so sign up ASAP! Click here for more information and to register.
University Investor Series (ASAP!)
Are you a college student or recent graduate with a great business idea? This virtual pitch fest gives students the opportunity to present their ideas to a panel of top seed and early stage investors. The top-performing companies will enter to compete for $25,000 in funding from Quake but every month a winner will be chosen to win $5,000 in credits for the Amazon Web Services Platform. Registration is rolling so sign up ASAP to get in next month’s competition! Click here for more information and to register.
TEDCO Minority Business Pre-Seed Fund (MBPF) (7/1)
The TEDCO and Harbor Bank Community Development Corporation are looking to invest in entrepreneurs with a technology product based in Maryland. MBPF will invest in multiple companies through out the year. Sign up by July 1st to enter the next competition. Click here to see more of the requirements and to register.
StartRight! Women’s Business Plan Competition (7/12)
The Rockville Economic Development, Inc. (REDI) is excited to encourage female entrepreneurship through this competition. Business owners will compete for a top prize of $5,000 but all participants will receive valuable coaching and feedback on their business plans. If you have a business based in Maryland and is less than three years old, this competition is for you! Registration closes July 12th. Click here for more information.
Keep an eye out for these competitions coming back next year!!
Hera Fast Pitch DC
Get your business out there with the Hera Fast Pitch DC competition! Compete with 10 other female owned companies to win $10,000 and the opportunity to pitch in front of additional investors at a global entrepreneurship summit which takes place in San Diego. This event takes place in June. Click here for more information.
Loudon Systems Media Production Summer Kick Off Pitch Contest
Could your business benefit from a professional video? Pitch your idea to the Loudon Systems Media Production and win a chance to reach your audience in a totally new and creative way. This event is in June and slides are due by late May. Click here for more information.
Crabpot Pitch Competition
If you love crab, we got a competition for you! In the Crabpot Pitch Competition, business owners will participate in a two night event to pitch their ideas and compete for $5,000 and a bucket of fresh Maryland crabs! This is a great opportunity for anyone looking to make connections in the Southern Maryland business sector or who is looking to practice presenting their business idea. Make sure to look into it next April! Click here for more information.
Awesome Foundations DC Live Event
Have you ever dreamed about being on Shark Tank? Awesome Foundation DC is hosts a live pitch event in June where a five applicants will get the chance to present their idea to a live panel of judges who select the winner of $1,000. Apply by May if you have a business that will make DC a better place! Click here for more information.
ALSO, if you’re interested in getting more funding for your business, check out iFundWomen! iFundWomen drives funding to startups and small businesses through a flexible crowdfunding platform with a pay-it-forward model, expert startup coaching, professional video production, and a private community for our entrepreneurs. Click here for more information.
Best of luck ladies!!