Start-Up Pitch Competition

The IEEE Women in Engineering International Leadership Conference in collaboration with VMware and Women Who Code proudly hosts the 2017 IEEE Women in Engineering Startup Pitch Competition that brings together global leading early stage start-ups for a live on-stage battle. This pitch session provides the opportunity for six start-ups to showcase their brand to an audience of potential investors, partners and customers.

Click here for Pitch Submission – Extended – Deadline March 20

Each of the six startups will receive two passes to attend the two-day conference, which includes a two-hour Pitch Bootcamp by the Founder Institute. During the pitch session, they will receive direct, expert feedback from the panel of judges.

Both the Pitch Bootcamp hosted by Founder Institute and the Pitch Competition supported by VMware and Women Who Code will be open to all conference attendees. Special registration is not required. Pitch Bootcamp will be Tuesday, May 23 from 10:30am-12:30pm. Pitch Competition will be Tuesday, May 23 from 2:00pm-4:00pm.

Selected Pitches: TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON!!

Criteria for submission:

  • Woman founder or c-suite of the start-up
  • Technology is at the core of the business. Does not have to be new technology but needs to be tech-driven
  • Completed application (link) with optional, 1-minute video

Pitch Format:

  • 5 minute presentation + 3 minute Q&A + 5 min feedback
  • 10 slides maximum


  • Moderator: VMware
  • Christie Pitts, Verizon Ventures
  • Terri Mead, author of Pitch Perfect & Angel investor
  • whurley, social entrepreneur
  • Kim Moore, Glynn Capital
  • Sonia Hunt, CEO of Noie Media, LLC
  • Shilpa Prasad, Director, Strategy and Innovation at YouNoodle


  • All participants receive two (2) full conference passes
  • Winner presents pitch at closing ceremony to full conference audience on Tuesday afternoon
  • First place prize of $5,000