VERMONT CENTER FOR EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES PRESENTS:

AN EVENT SUPPORTING WOMEN-IDENTIFYING ENTREPRENEURS

SPONSORED BY:

Sultanas Group

Middlebury College

Vermont Technology

Council

The Vermont

Women's Fund

Hotel Vermont

The Vermont

Community Foundation

1st Place - $20k

Runner - up  - $5k

Eligibility

About the Competition

Our Intentions

  • At least 1/3 women-owned

  • At least 50% of the team must be a resident of Vermont or students at a Vermont college or university

  • Pre-revenue up to $750k in sales (over the last 12 months)

  • $0 - $500k in outside investment (non-founder/family capital)

  • All sectors are eligible except restaurants, traditional retail, and real estate

  • If selected as a finalist, a Female Founder must represent the company by pitching on September 27th

                                         (*at the time of application)

 

 

  • Showcase Vermont's women-led startups

  • Increase access to capital and feedback for local entrepreneurs

  • Encourage aspiring entrepreneurs to take the plunge, make connections, find resources, and "jump in!"

Logistics

  • The application deadline is September 10th at noon via the electronic form provided (no other applications will be accepted)

  • From the pool of eligible applicants, 6 finalists will be selected by VCET for the Challenge

  • Finalists and applicants will be notified by September 14th

  • On September 27th, each team will have 8 minutes to present, followed by 5 minutes of Q&A from the panel of judges

  • The panel of judges should not be contacted by applicants or finalists ahead of the competition

  • The winner of the StartHere Challenge will receive a $20k cash prize. This is not an investment, but a gift

  • The Challenge is open to the public, and will be live-streamed for folks that can't make it

Judging Criteria

  1. Opportunity of the business

  2. Strength and potential of the team

  3. Clear intended use for the funds (timeline)

1st Place - $20k

Runner - up  - $5k

Eligibility

About the Competition

Our Intentions

  • At least 1/3 women-owned

  • At least 50% of the team must be a resident of Vermont or students at a Vermont college or university

  • Pre-revenue up to $750k in sales (over the last 12 months)

  • $0 - $500k in outside investment (non-founder/family capital)

  • All sectors are eligible except restaurants, traditional retail, and real estate

  • If selected as a finalist, a Female Founder must represent the company by pitching on September 27th

                                         (*at the time of application)

 

 

  • Showcase Vermont's women-led startups

  • Increase access to capital and feedback for local entrepreneurs

  • Encourage aspiring entrepreneurs to take the plunge, make connections, find resources, and "jump in!"

Logistics

  • The application deadline is September 10th at noon via the electronic form provided (no other applications will be accepted)

  • From the pool of eligible applicants, 6 finalists will be selected by VCET for the Challenge

  • Finalists and applicants will be notified by September 14th

  • On September 27th, each team will have 8 minutes to present, followed by 5 minutes of Q&A from the panel of judges

  • The panel of judges should not be contacted by applicants or finalists ahead of the competition

  • The winner of the StartHere Challenge will receive a $20k cash prize. This is not an investment, but a gift

  • The Challenge is open to the public, and will be live-streamed for folks that can't make it

Judging Criteria

  1. Opportunity of the business

  2. Strength and potential of the team

  3. Clear intended use for the funds (timeline)

 

1st Place - $20k

Runner - up  - $5k

Eligibility

About the Competition

Our Intentions

  • At least 1/3 women-owned

  • At least 50% of the team must be a resident of Vermont or students at a Vermont college or university

  • Pre-revenue up to $750k in sales (over the last 12 months)

  • $0 - $500k in outside investment (non-founder/family capital)

  • All sectors are eligible except restaurants, traditional retail, and real estate

  • If selected as a finalist, a Female Founder must represent the company by pitching on September 27th

                       (*at the time of application)

 

 

  • Showcase Vermont's women-led startups

  • Increase access to capital and feedback for local entrepreneurs

  • Encourage aspiring entrepreneurs to take the plunge, make connections, find resources, and "jump in!"

Applications were due September 10th at Noon and are now closed.

Attendees welcome. Please RSVP on Eventbrite.

Logistics

  • The application deadline is September 10th at noon via the electronic form provided (no other applications will be accepted)

  • From the pool of eligible applicants, finalists will be selected by VCET for the Challenge

  • Finalists and applicants will be notified by September 14th

  • All applicants will receive information on resources, programs, and networks that could be beneficial to their continued success

  • On September 27th, each team will have 8 minutes to present, followed by 5 minutes of Q&A from the panel of judges

  • Judges should not be contacted or lobbied by applicants or finalists ahead of the competition

  • The winner of the StartHere Challenge will receive a $20k cash prize. The runner-up will receive a $5k cash prize. This is not an investment, but a one-time prize.

  • The Challenge is open to the public, and will be live-streamed for folks that can't make it

  • Refreshments available!

Judging Criteria

Questions?

Please contact pitch@vcet.co

  1. Opportunity of the business

  2. Strength and potential of the team

  3. Clear intended use for the funds (timeline)

Good

Luck!