Female Founders Pitch at Girls in Tech’s AMPLIFY to Execs From Walmart Labs, Autodesk, Zendesk, And More

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As the number of women-led venture-backed companies stalls, Girls in Tech creates new opportunities for founders in AI, SaaS software, Medtech, Adtech, and Workplace Technology

Girls in Tech (girlsintech.org), a global organization focused on the empowerment, entrepreneurship, engagement, and education of women in technology, is proud to announce 10 female-founded startup finalists competing at the sixth annual AMPLIFY (amplify.girlsintech.org), the world’s largest half-day pitch competition for early-stage technology startups founded by female entrepreneurs. The competition will take place in San Francisco on Wednesday, October 18, 2017, at Zendesk.

Finalist companies are:

Next Play, Inc.
Democratizing access to advancement opportunities in the workplace

Redefining how media publishers monetize their work

Scollar, Inc.
Smart pet collar: One collar, every function

AI-powered conversational marketing platform for demand generation

Blooms Privé
Detachable and packable underwear for every woman

P2P marketplace for in person activities

On-demand social videos

Tueo Health
Modern asthma management solution for children

Software as a Service (SaaS) Platform for access, energy, and automation management and control

Cirrus Identity, Inc.
Online access made easy

Pitch judges are top players in their fields, and come from companies like Walmart Labs, Autodesk, Gap, Inc., Silicon Valley Bank, RocketSpace, and more.

Since 2012, the percentage of women-led venture-backed companies has plateaued at 17 percent, with a zero percent growth in the last five years.

AMPLIFY Women’s Pitch Competition exists to highlight this problem in venture capital funding. It seeks to empower women founders with the entrepreneurial opportunities they need to level the playing field in technology, build innovative solutions to the world’s toughest problems and create jobs now.

During the competition, the 10 finalist women entrepreneurs will each have 10 minutes to pitch their startup on stage to a panel of seasoned tech industry professionals and investors. They will be judged based on the innovativeness and viability of the product or service.

“Creating opportunities for women entrepreneurs is mission critical for us right now” said Adriana Gascoigne, CEO and Founder of Girls in Tech. “In order for women to have hope for equality and equity, our industry must ensure women have the same funding and pitch opportunities as men.”

AMPLIFY also features inspiring keynote speeches and a panel of judges comprised of some of the most successful women entrepreneurs, leaders in the tech industry, and allies of the women in tech movement.

Keynote Speakers:
Dheeraj Pandey, CEO & Chairman of Nutanix
Kim Milosevich, Partner, Andreessen Horowitz

Judging panel includes:
Priya Rajan, Silicon Valley Bank
Anu Shukla, Rewards Pay
Duncan Logan, RocketSpace
Jeremy King, Walmart Labs
Adeo Ressi, Founder Institute
June Sugiyama, Vodafone Americas
Rathi Murthy, Gap, Inc.
Amy Bunszel, Autodesk
Brienne Ghafourifar, Entefy Inc.
Paula Dieli, Zendesk

Following the competition, all guests are invited to celebrate with a cocktail networking reception. Tickets to attend are open and can be purchased right now at: amplify.girlsintech.org/tickets.

AMPLIFY is sponsored by the following companies: Cisco, Nutanix, Filter Digital, GoDaddy, Zuora, Vodafone Americas, Comcast, Zendesk, DLA Piper, Silicon Valley Bank, and LoopUp.

For interview opportunities, media passes, or media inquiries, please email Girls In Tech at: ann.murray(at)girlsintech.org.

About Girls in Tech
Girls in Tech (GIT) is a global non-profit focused on the engagement, education and empowerment of girls and women who are passionate about technology. Adriana Gascoigne founded GIT in 2007 to create a support framework to help women advance their careers in STEM fields. GIT aims to accelerate the growth of innovative women entering into the high-tech industry and building startups. GIT achieves this through the creation of proprietary, innovative programming and strategic global partnerships.

With headquarters in San Francisco and more than 100,000 members located around the globe, GIT relies on volunteer efforts to lead each of the 60 local chapters. Programming and events vary by chapter based on local interests and needs. GIT is not just for professional women. It exists for anyone with an interest in technology, startups and providing women with a platform for growth. But GIT operates with the spirit of the girl within all of us—fearless, lively and determined. For the latest updates, read GIT’s blog or follow them on Facebook or Twitter.

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