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Pitch Competition

Friday, June 9

Each year, WCS hosts a startup pitch competition focused on spotlighting companies led by women, either as CEOs or in the C-suite. This year the competition will be a stand alone virtual event on June 9th, 2023.

Women from 10 companies are selected out of all applications to pitch their innovative cleantech or sustainable-focused business idea to a panel of industry leaders. Startups have five minutes on stage, followed by time to answer questions from the judges. Winners are announced towards the end of the conference. 



  • Current funding stage from seeking Seed funding to closed Series A
  • Companies led by women, either as Founders, CEOs or in the C-Suite
  • Solving a cleantech or sustainability challenge, either through hardware or software


Your business idea must be:

  • Focused on cleantech and/or sustainability (broadly defined)
  • Innovative and disruptive
  • An operating company with a product in the market, or ready for testing or deployment

Why pitch at this event?

Share your vision on the WCS virtual stage in-front of VCs and an audience of 300+ industry professionals. Competition is tight as there are 10 spots for female-led startups.



The winner will be offered consultation time with local Marketing, PR, Accounting, VCs and relevant industry experts.



Why did we create the WCS Pitch Competition?

As an organization working to further the roles of women in growing the green economy, we see a lack of C-Suite women in the cleantech and sustainability space. We are featuring women entrepreneurs and judges to inspire our audience to envision themselves as fellow leaders in the space. 

Who will be judging the competition?

We will post judges on this webpage as they are confirmed. Stay tuned! 

I have questions, who should I contact?

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Alchemr (green hydrogen)

EIQ Mobility (fleet electrification, acquired by NextEra Energy Resources in 2021)

Artveoli (consumer electronics, air purification)