Each year, Women in Cleantech and Sustainability 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 event as a part of the WCS Talks Virtual Series on June 23rd. 

Six finalists have been selected to pitch their ideas and share their vision on the WCS stage in front of Silicon Valley VCs and industry professionals.

Selected startups will have 5 minutes on the virtual stage followed by 3 minutes for Q&A from the judges. Winners will be announced towards the end of the event.

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

Our Winner

Our Finalists

Lauren Gregor

Talieh Zargar
ALD Technical Solutions LLC

Amie Lewis

Raven Hernandez
Earth Rides Incorporated

Andrea Jagodic
Mana Biosystems

Alba Forns
Climatize Earth

Pitch Competition Judges

Phoebe Wang
Venture Capitalist
Shell Ventures

Sonam Velani
Founder & CEO
The Urban Resilience Studio

Leslie Goldman
General Partner &
The Artemis Fund

Ari Qayumi
Founder &
Managing Partner
Mindful Venture Capital

Elise Brownell
Zephyrbiotech, LLC

Who is Eligible To Apply?

Companies must have:

  • Current funding stage from seeking Seed funding to closed Series A
  • Founded by, or with a CEO or CTO, who identifies as female
  • 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

Prize Pool and Sponsors

Technica Communications

One hour PR and Marketing consultation


q.b. consulting

Consultation on range of items related to ESG/sustainability/inclusion, what they are seeing in the market and what their clients are looking for in terms of solutions

EDF Innovation Lab

‘One hour business strategy consultation and connection to relevant experts

Cleantech Group

A guest pass to their annual Cleantech Forum in North America, the world’s longest-running world innovation event. Winner will also be granted a presentation slot at the conference. (subject to editorial considerations at the time.)

Sea Change Advisors

Two hours of advisory to help with talent planning and recruiting strategy.


Azolla Ventures

One hour consultation with climate tech VCs

Interested in Sponsoring?

Interested In Sponsoring This Years Pitch Competition?  WCS is looking for sponsors to support our growing pitch community. If interested in discussing sponsorship, please reach out to sponsorship@womencleantechsustainability.org


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. 


Why pitch at this event? 

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

Apply now and show us what you’ve got! 


How will WCS support the participants leading up to competition?

We will match the six selected startups with WCS Board members to practice their pitch ahead of the big day. We will be there right beside you as a point of contact leading up to the pitch. 


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?

Email Sara Fuentes and Natalia Andrushchenko at info@womenincleantechsustainability.org


Past Winners

  • 2022 – Rent a Romper (sustainable fashion)
  • 2020/2021 – Alchemr (green hydrogen)
  • 2019 -EIQ Mobility (fleet electrification, acquired by NextEra Energy Resources in 2021)
  • 2018 – Artveoli (consumer electronics, air purification)
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