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.
ALD Technical Solutions LLC
Earth Rides Incorporated
Pitch Competition Judges
Founder & CEO
The Urban Resilience Studio
General Partner &
The Artemis Fund
Mindful Venture Capital
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
One hour PR and Marketing consultation
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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 email@example.com
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- 2020/2021 – Alchemr (green hydrogen)
- 2019 -EIQ Mobility (fleet electrification, acquired by NextEra Energy Resources in 2021)
- 2018 – Artveoli (consumer electronics, air purification)