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Competitions and Grants
CROWDFUNDxNYC Challenge–New York, NY
CROWDFUNDx Challenge is a competition open to small businesses, social enterprises and startups in NYC with a grand prize of $25k available for the winning company, plus in-kind services by supporting sponsors and board members, investment opportunities from local angel investors and funds. Submissions are open until June 25th. Read more on CrowdFundx.
The 2013 Ernst&Young Entrepreneurial Winning Women Program
The Ernst & Young Entrepreneurial Winning Women program is a national competition and executive leadership program that identifies a select group of high-potential women entrepreneurs whose businesses show real potential to scale — and then helps them do it. Winners will be joining a business network that offers customized executive leadership training designed to help their companies grow quickly. The application period is open until June 28, 2013. Read more on www.ey.com.
The Millennial Trains Project (MTP)–Nationwide
The MTP is a non-profit organization that leads crowd-funded transcontinental train journeys that empower diverse groups of enterprising and civic-minded Millennials to explore America’s new frontiers. This is a 10-day transformational journey that will take place in August. Participants will have to crowd-raise the funds for their journey. Anyone ages 18-34 is eligible to apply. The deadline is July 1, 2013. Read more on The Millennial Trains Project.
The Holstee Fellowship–Nationwide
Holstee will award $1,000 every month to people looking to fund a project that promotes mindful living in local communities around the world. In addition to the funds, Holstee will offer mentorship and access to their community. Winners every month. Read more on Holstee.
Shark Tank Casting Call—Nationwide
The producers of the ABC reality series Shark Tank are on a nationwide search to discover the next successful (and possibly wealthy) entrepreneurs, inventors, businesspersons, creators and innovators. In each episode, budding entrepreneurs are given the unprecedented chance to make their business grow immediately. Apply on ABC’s site.
NY Times: You’re the Boss Photo Contest—Nationwide
Send in the best photograph of the “soul of your business,” along with a paragraph that identifies anyone or anything in the photo that explains what the photo says about your business. If selected, your photograph will be included in the New York Times: You’re the Boss blog. Read more on the NY Times Blog.
Pipeline Fellowship—Boston, New York City, San Francisco, and Washington D.C.
The Pipeline Fellowship is an angel investing bootcamp for women philanthropists and currently operates in select cities. The program offers three main components: education, mentoring, and practice. Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis. To read more, visit Pipeline Fellowship’s website.
Power 30 Under 30 Awards—Nationwide and International
Every year, the Power 30 Under 30 honors outstanding individuals under the age of thirty years old that have achieved extraordinary success. Young leaders are recognized from the following categories: Arts, Entertainment, & Media, Business, Community Service, Politics, and Science & Technology. Nomination deadlines are now open nationwide and all over the world. Deadlines are based on region. Read more on Power30Under30.com.
Events and Conferences
Women Leaders Summit: Empowering Women Forward–New York, NY
Hatchery Women presents a women’s summit focused on leadership. The discussion will center around three women’s experiences as leaders at foundations and for-profit companies. A keynote conversation will be given by Francis Hesselbein, Christine Comaford and Carole Hyatt. This summit is launched as part of the UN initiative to inspire Gross Global Happiness. This event will take place on June 26, 2013. Read more on Hatchery Women.
Count Me In: Urban Rebound-Los Angeles– Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley, Ventura, Orange and Riverside Counties, California
During this event, Women-owned businesses can make a two minute pitch about their business and receive expert feedback and tips. Attendees will also take part in business-building workshops, hear inspiring keynotes, and network in a community of peers and role models. From this June pitch competition, a select group of women will be invited to apply for a place in the Count Me In Business Accelerator Program, which is designed to help 100 Los Angeles-area women entrepreneurs reach $250,000 in annual gross revenues. This will take place June 25-26. Read more on Count Me In.
We Own It Summit–London, United Kingdom
A Summit of leaders to explore women’s participation in high-growth businesses and identify solutions. Attendees include entrepreneurs, investors, and leaders of organizations and institutions advocating, promoting, accelerating and researching women’s participation in high-growth entrepreneurship. Understanding the cycle and system necessary for this promotion, we are invested in women leaders as aspiring entrepreneurs, founders, CEOs, C-Suite managers, owners, investors, and board members. Along with this Summit is a chance for women entrepreneurs to pitch in front of an audience and venture capitalists. This conference takes place June 27th and 28th. The global pitch will happen on June 27th and the deadline to apply is June 1st. Read more on We Own It Summit.
Tory Johnson’s Spark and Hustle Tour – Nationwide
This event is for aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners looking to hear advice from successful businesswomen, network, learn how to build their business, and use social media and marketing effectively. Read more on Tory Johnson’s Spark and Hustle website for tour locations and dates.
Programs & Classes
TechSpeak for Entrepreneurs–Phoenix, Silicon Valley, and New York City
TechSpeak for Entrepreneurs is a series of workshops created by Nelly Yusupova, CTO of Webgrrls International, designed to teach non-technical entrepreneurs and business people about the entire process of communicating with, understanding, and managing technology teams and projects. It is a 2-day intensive bootcamp designed to teach you a lot of information in a short amount of time. Workshops take place different dates in the various cities. See TechSpeak for Entrepreneurs for more information.
Autodesk Clean Tech Partner Program—Worldwide
The industry-leading Autodesk Clean Tech Partner Program accelerates innovation by providing clean technology pioneers with world-class software to design, visualize, and simulate a more sustainable world. The program supports early stage clean tech companies by providing digital prototyping software licenses valued at up to $150,000 for just $50. With digital prototypes, clean tech innovators can explore and communicate ideas, test multiple concepts, and accelerate improvements, while supporting the reduction of potentially costly errors. For more information, visit Autodesk.com.
HP StartUp Central—Worldwide
HP Startup Central makes HP technology, services and market opportunities available to entrepreneurs to help realize possibilities, aspirations and dreams. The goal is to help entrepreneurs at any stage, whether you are developing or deploying the next life-saving biotech drug, MMO game, clean tech solution, printing technology or mobile application. Check out the programs and resources to get you involved. For more information, visit HP’s website.
IBM Global Entrepreneur Program—Worldwide
IBM Global Entrepreneur is looking for global entrepreneurs who want to build a smarter planet. They provide a series of programs called SmartCamp, which are aimed at helping startup tech businesses with resources and software. They are hosted around the world. These mentoring and networking events put entrepreneurs in touch with investment firms, serial entrepreneurs, academics, marketing, communications, and technology experts that can help accelerate the solutions of startup companies to market. For more information, visit IBM’s website.
Microsoft BizSpark is a global program that helps software startups succeed by giving them access to Microsoft software development tools, connecting them with key industry players, including investors, and providing marketing visibility to help entrepreneurs starting a business. For more information, visit Microsoft’s website.
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