Women 2.0 Annual Business Pitch deadline this Friday Oct 8th!

If you have a business idea in alpha or beta with less than $3M in funding AND a female on the founding team, apply to Women 2.0 Pitch event by this Friday October 8th, 2010.

From Women 2.0 website:

  • This year, winners receive meetings with iconic investors Esther Dyson (investor in companies such as Flickr, del.icio.us, and 23andMe), Matt Murphy (Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers), Mike Maples (Managing Partner, FLOODGATE), and Naval Ravikant (Partner, AngelList). Winners will also receive a host of startup-friendly services valued at $17k.

Women 2.0 has been making great strides in supporting women in tech ventures recently.  The Women 2.0 Labs (pre-incubator 5-week program) is a great opportunity to kick-start a startup idea while you work full-time.  The Women 2.0 Pitch event helps you get validation and exposure on your startup idea.

I’m going to be honest that I have a love/hate relationship with business plan (or pitch) competitions.  Let’s start with the hate.  Well, if a business plan competition gets you going on your business idea, then maybe it’s not that good of an idea.  In my experience and observation of others, when people are gung-ho about their business idea, they don’t wait for anything to start working on the idea.  A business competition should compliment, not drive, your startup efforts.

Alright, what about the love.  Exposure baby!  Pretend that you’re unsure about your business idea and your network of VCs / entrepreneurs is nonexistent.  Well, a business plan / pitch competition is the way to go.  You get feedback from the judges and if you get far enough feedback from the audience or bloggers.  Your idea can dominate the startup blog circuit if you win.  Imagine the fame and glory.  Hahahaha.

Sophia Perl

Sophia Perl is a product manager for a database tool at IBM. She has over 10 years of software development and management experience. Sophia holds a BS in Computer Science from University of Southern California and an MBA from University of California at Davis. She is the creator of iPhone apps PicPredict and Eventabulous.

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