06th March 2016
Today, we’re delighted to announce that applications are now open for our second 5050tech Challenge which is supported by Sage, and will take place on 4th April 2016 at Sage Headquarters in Newcastle.
Our first 5050tech Challenge took place only one month ago at Campus London, and the volume, calibre and brilliance of the entries was so inspiring, we decided we shouldn’t wait for round two. We’re really excited to team up with Sage who are the UK’s biggest tech company and largest private sector employer in Newcastle.
If the UK is to leapfrog every other nation on this planet to become the most digital, most connected, most skilled and most informed - we urgently need to address the gender imbalance within the tech sector and ensure that our leaders, investors and entrepreneurs come from the widest pool of home-grown talent.
We can’t wait to see how the 5050tech Challenge will evolve and expand with your help.
Applications are now open:
We’re now looking for twelve start-ups based anywhere in the UK with at least one female co-founder seeking early-stage or seed funding and / or mentoring.
The Challenge has two parts:
Pitch Clinic on April 3rd where twelve successful start-ups will receive a day of mentorship and training from industry leaders at Sage Headquarters, Newcastle.
Pitch Day & Showcase on April 4th where the start-ups will give a three minute pitch to a room of over 30 seed investors and VCs with two minute Q&A followed by a formal showcase where selected VCs will come and meet the start-ups.
To apply your business should be an internet-enabled technology company, and can be in any area of technology e.g. finance, health, education etc and either across any for-profit or social enterprise start-ups from across the UK.
Written application deadline: noon March 18th
Shortlist announced: noon March 21st, a shortlist of 25 applicants will then be asked to submit a 2 minute pitch video
If you’re selected, round 2 is a two minute pitch video (you talking into your smartphone is all we need!) telling us about your company and why you, why now: noon March 23rd
Final 12 announced: noon March 24th
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