What’s the Pitch Competition
Just 2.2% of venture capital funds are awarded to women-led ventures … let’s help change that!
The Be MPowered Pitch Competition presented by Mums & Co is a supportive and inclusive event to champion more women leaders in business, close the gap in pitching knowledge as well as reduce the challenges with funding a business.
Our final 15 female founders will receive key benefits including training on how to deliver a winning pitch, investor access and business exposure.
The winner will be announced on the day of the Be MPowered Conference on August 23 and awarded a prize pool including $10,000 cash, media exposure in Kochie’s Business Builders, Startup Daily, Women’s Agenda, Babyology and Mums & Co, along with mentoring sessions with investor and industry experts.
Application Process / Key Dates
|May 20th||Pitch Competition open for applicants|
|July 12th||Applications close|
|July 12th & 15th||1:1 Skype interviews with shortlisted founders|
|July 16th||Successful applicants notified|
August 2nd & 9th
|August 16th & 19th||1:1, 30-minute sessions with each of the final 15 to finalise their pitch|
Pitch Comp Finals at Be MPowered presented by Mums & Co Conference
What is the Be MPowered Pitch Competition Pitch Competition?
Be MPowered Pitch Competition is an event to champion more women leaders in business, close the gap in pitching knowledge as well as reduce the challenges with funding a business.
I don’t have pitch experience, what can I expect?
That’s not a problem, we’re here to help you build the confidence and connections you need to catapult your business success. We will provide you with pitch training and 1:1 pitch coaching in the lead up to the Pitch Competition, delivered by Marisa Warren of ELEVACAO Foundation, experienced investors, founders and business leaders.
What happens at the pitch workshops?
The (x3, 4-hour) pitch workshops will be delivered at the IAG offices in Sydney on July 25th, August 2nd and August 9th. The workshops will help you refine your skills, give you access to a standard investor-friendly pitch deck, best-practice techniques, and prepare you for the Pitch Competition.
Is pitch coaching available?
In addition to the workshops, 1:1 30-minute pitch coaching sessions will be conducted on August 16th or August 19th via video chat to ensure you are ready for competition day.
Can I attend remotely?
Yes, the final 15 female founders can attend the pitch workshops and 1:1 pitch coaching either in-person or via video conference. However, you must attend the Pitch Competition in person.
Why should I apply?
We’ve geared this competition to get your business exposure, connect with opportunities in the form of business, investor and media contacts, and create fans to grow your business.
Our female founders will receive key benefits including learning vital pitch skills, business exposure, idea validation, and potential funding.
The winner will be announced on the day of the Be MPowered Conference and awarded a prize pool including $10,000 cash, media exposure in Kochie’s Business Builders, Startup Daily, Women’s Agenda and Babyology, along with mentoring sessions with investor and industry experts.
Even if you don’t win the grand prize, you will receive free business tools, have shared your vision with hundreds of people, and hone in on those willing to help you realise this.
How do I apply?
Simply fill in the pitch comp application form by midnight July 12. You have nothing to lose and so much to gain.
Who can apply?
All female founders are welcome to apply to the Be MPowered Pitch Competition.
Can I still apply if I have a male co-founder?
Yes absolutely provided there is at least 1 female founder and the female founder will be attending the pitch workshops and pitching at the Pitch Competition.
I have a co-founder, can we attend together?
Of course! Due to high demand and space constraints, we can only invite up to two participants per business.
Who can I contact to discuss my application?
If you would like to discuss your application email Carrie Kwan at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 02 9292 9508.
How will I know if my application is successful?
You will be notified via email by July 16th, 2019 and must respond in writing to accept the pitch competition invitation within 48 hours.
What happens at the pitch competition day?
You’ll join 15 fabulous female founders in pitching their business, and receive constructive feedback from experts, connect with like-minded people and showcase your business.
You will have 5 minutes to pitch your business to our panel of experts.
The top 5 finalists will go through to the Pitch Finals at the end of the day.
How is the competition judged?
Entries will be screened by Mums & Co prior to review by a judging panel consisting of representatives from Mums & Co and our Pitch Competition Sponsor.
The 15 best entries that meets the application will be awarded an opportunity to pitch at the Mums & Co Be MPowered Conference. Founders will typically be scored in terms of:
1. Passion for the problem you are solving
2. Problem-solution fit
3. Market opportunity
4. Business model and feasibility
5. Sales and marketing growth strategy
6. Founder/s / Team