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The PitcHER Awards

Feb 9

What you should know about the PitcHER competition

At Grace Hopper Celebration, the world's largest gathering of women technologists, the biennial PitcHER contest brings together prominent female entrepreneurs to assist, encourage and provide new financial options for them.

This year, PitcHER is searching for early-stage technology entrepreneurs from a variety of backgrounds. In order to compete in the Virtual Grace Hopper Celebration, the top ten finalists must be registered for the event.

Additionally, a total of $100,000 in prize money is up for grabs among the top ten finalists, which will be divided among the top three and an audience favorite.


Who Is Eligible?

  • As a finalist, you (the applicant and the pitch presenter) will be required to identify as a woman and to be part of your company's executive team (e.g. the CEO or CTO).
  • During this time, your company is in the seed stage of development. You've developed a minimally viable product (MVP), run some tests, and gathered some feedback from users. No one is obligated to bring in a profit.
  • Money: Your startup has raised less than $2 million total capital, which includes your own money and the money of friends and family as well as angel investors as well as grants and other types of financial assistance.
  • Your company is situated in the United States and serves the United States market (although it may also be international).
  • Capitalism: The return of the capital (For-profit startups only) It's clear from your startup's financials that it'll be a worthwhile investment for investors to take a chance on it.
  • Scale of Influence (Nonprofit startups only) According to your startup's mission statement, you can be confident that it will have a positive impact on the world.


Finalists will be chosen based on a variety of factors, such as:

  • What is unique or groundbreaking about your tech product or service?
  • What is the beneficial impact your business has on women and/or families and childrenimpact?
  • The business model (For-profit startups only) If your startup has the "venture-scalability" to reach $1 billion in revenue, you've hit the jackpot.
  • The idea that something is about to happen (Nonprofit startups only) An understanding of public policy, economics, or technology is present in your startup's strategy.