Girls In Tech competition calling on Irish female entrepreneurs

21 Jul 2014

The biggest pan-European competition for female-founded start-ups, Lady Pitch Night, has teamed up with the LeWeb, The Summit and The Europas conferences to offer greater exposure for female entrepreneurs.

The competition is open to all companies headquartered in a European country (or Israel) with at least one female founder and between six and 36 months of existence with five finalists being invited to a final pitch competition in Paris on 23 September this year.

The partnering conferences are offering the finalists tickets to their events with two tickets to this year’s Web Summit 2014, one ticket to LeWeb Paris 2014 with the possibility to present on the start-up stage and tickets to The Europas 2015.

Also, the winning participant will receive three tickets to the Web Summit and a demo space, two tickets to LeWeb with a demo space and will automatically qualify as one of the semi-finalists for the start-up competition and two tickets to The Europas with a demo space.

Co-organiser of the Lady Pitch Night and co-director of Girls in Tech in Paris, Roxanne Varza, says it will be a great chance for female-led businesses to gain some much-needed exposure: “This is a unique experience for Europe’s top female entrepreneurs to gain more exposure and recognition.

“People are always saying that there aren’t enough women at top tech conferences. I’m so pleased that our partners LeWeb, Web Summit and The Europas are working with us to change that.”

However, interested start-ups need to apply by this Wednesday, 23 July to qualify and with only two Irish applicants joining applying and female entrepreneurs from 17 countries applying, more Irish participants are being called for by the event’s organisers.

Female entrepreneur image via Shutterstock

Women Invent Tomorrow is Silicon Republic’s campaign to champion the role of women in science, technology, engineering and maths. It has been running since March 2013, and is kindly supported by Accenture IrelandIntel, the Irish Research CouncilESBTwitterCoderDojo and Science Foundation Ireland.

Colm Gorey was a senior journalist with Silicon Republic