Hundreds of women-led startups from 35 countries competed to pitch top investors and tech leaders, and today Women Who Tech announced the 10 finalists for its Women Startup Challenge Europe.
“We’ve seen a rise in the number of women-led startups across Europe, yet the latest data shows that only 10 percent of investor funding in the EU goes to women-led ventures,” said Allyson Kapin, Founder of Women Who Tech, based in Washington, D.C.
“If investors want to generate venture returns, they need to invest in diverse-led companies that are unlocking innovation through diverse perspectives. We’ve built a pipeline of over 2,000 women-led startups to provide investors with direct access to the best early-stage women-led startups,” she added.
A total of $60,000 in cash grants will be awarded to the winning startup(s). A $25,000 cash grant will be awarded by Mozilla to the startup whose product best incorporates privacy and transparency.
The Women Startup Challenge Europe event, co-hosted by the Office of Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, will be held on October 25, 2018 at Paris City Hall, Hôtel de Ville.
“This year’s Women Startup Challenge proves that we can only become richer as a society by making sure that women have equal footing with men at this and every stage of their business journeys,” said the Mozilla Chairwoman.
Founded in 2008, Women Who Tech is on a mission to close the funding gap and draw global attention to the significant gender bias in venture capital funding. The nonprofit provides capital, mentoring, and other resources needed to scale for women who are creating the most innovative tech companies.
This Year’s Women Startup Challenge Europe Finalists
- DEKO EKO (Poland) – An upcycling platform that works with the best designers globally to create well-designed consumer products out of carefully selected waste materials from the largest companies and brands.
- Enterprise Bot (Switzerland) – Develops AI powered chatbots to automate customer interactions and provide enterprises with a readily accessible digital agent to improve customer experience and create operational efficiency for companies.
- INOREVIA (France) – Develops and commercializes a new generation of patented technologies that miniaturize lab instrument volumes for analysis. This technology drastically reduces costs, time and manipulation necessary to perform next-generation bioassays and precision medicine.
- NOVA (Germany) – The first bluetooth headset that can be integrated into earrings with a built-in speaker and microphone.
- ObjectBox (Germany) – The first high-performance NoSQL, ACID-compliant on-device database for mobile and IoT. It’s 10x faster than the industry leader and takes only 1/10th of the code to implement.
- Sampson Solutions, Ltd. (England) – Creating bio-based construction materials from sustainable sources using a closed-loop, carbon neutral manufacturing process.
- SonicJobs (England) – The first virtual recruiter for blue-collar recruitment that uses chatbots combined with occupational psychology and AI, which screen and select the right job candidates in real time.
- TRIK (England) – A Google map for structural inspection that turns photos from drones into digital 3D models. Users can make comments, take measurements, and compare changes directly from the time-lapse 3D models.
- Vitrue Health (England) – A system that sits in the background of clinical assessments, autonomously measuring motor function metrics, freeing clinicians to focus on more complex patient interactions, saving millions in healthcare costs.
- Vouchery.io (Germany) – A predictive coupon, discount, and loyalty automation platform that optimizes promotional strategy for customer engagement while preventing coupon fraud.
Women Who Tech is supported by Craig Newmark, Founder of craigslist and Craig Newmark Philanthropies, Pineapple Fund, Mozilla, Office of the Mayor of Paris, StartHer, Rad Campaign, Kite Hill PR, Donna Griffit Corporate Storyteller, and more.
“Data shows that women CEOs in the Fortune 1000 drove 3 times the returns compared to S&P 500 enterprises run predominantly by men,” said Craig Newmark, Advisor to Women Who Tech and the Founder of craigslist and Craig Newmark Philanthropies.
“We’ve got to invest in diverse perspectives and close this gap,” he added.