It was an exciting night at 1776, the business incubator in Washington, DC, that hosted the first ever Women Startup Competition. Twelve amazing women competed for $50,000 in free financing, each of us representing tech ideas and startups that we created and believed in.
The competition was sponsored by Women Who Tech, Craig Newmark of Craig’s List and CraigConnects, and Fred and Joanne Wilson. The evening culminated with the $50,000 in financing being awarded to Maci Peterson of On Second Thought.
But Maci and I weren’t the only women there kicking butt, other participants included: Michelle Salsberry of Famess, Bernadette Hyland of GeoHealth, Holly Epstein Ojalvo of Kicker, Rachel Kimelman of LGBTQutie.com, Shally Venugopal of Myolo, Lee Fox and Laura Page of Peerspring, Erin Witmer of Primary Book Club, Rosanna Garcia of Vijilent, Lea Yu of Virtue.Us, and Julia Kurnia of Zidisha.
Although I didn’t win, I had an amazing experience, got to meet many fabulous women, and met my goals for the competition of ending with a group of small businesses who signed on to BETA test my entry, Amplify Loud, a do-it-yourself business growth tool that uses website design and online marketing to help facilitate greater success in the online world for small business and entrepreneurs.
Kudos to all the participants. Ladies you are amazing!