By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)
The judges’ votes are in – and the 10 finalists for the PITCH SF 2013 Startup Competition have been selected to pitch live on February 14 at the Women 2.0 Conference. These early-stage startups have demonstrated high-growth potential, at least one female founder and less than a million dollars in funding. Watch them compete LIVE on Valentine’s Day in front of judges for prizes including meetings with iconic investors.
Meet the 10 Women 2.0 PITCH SF 2013 Startup Competition Finalists!
PITCH SF 2013 Startup Competition Finalist: Angaza
Female Founder: Lesley Silverthorn Marincola
Location: Palo Alto, California
Removing the upfront cost barrier of room-scale solar energy systems sold in under-electrified emerging markets, Angaza Design CEO Lesley Silverthorn Marincola created metered solar energy for the off-grid developing world, where most consumers cannot afford to purchase a solar home system at upfront retail price. Pitching on February 14 at the Women 2.0 Conference will be Angaza Design CEO & co-founder Lesley Silverthorn Marincola.
PITCH SF 2013 Startup Competition Finalist: Bia Sport
Female Founder: Cheryl Kellond
Location: Los Angeles, California
A fitness platform built by CEO Cheryl Kellond, Bia Sport turns workout data into actionable insights and drives motivation through a supportive community online and during the workout. The first wearable solution is a GPS training device combining wrist coach with one-touch SOS safety alert for solo workouts. Pitching on February 14 at the Women 2.0 Conference will be Bia Sport CEO & founder Cheryl Kellond.
PITCH SF 2013 Startup Competition Finalist: Enplug
Female Founder: Nanxi Liu
Location: Los Angeles, California
Co-founded by CEO Nanxi Liu, Enplug is next generation advertising in the physical world via billboards. With over 10,000 venues nationwide signed up, Enplug billboards are integrated with social media and operate in realtime. Use existing apps on your mobile device such as Twitter to engage. Pitching on February 14 at the Women 2.0 Conference will be Enplug CEO & Co-Founder Nanxi Liu.
PITCH SF 2013 Startup Competition Finalist: Fiestah
Female Founder: Nurul Yahya
Location: New York, New York
Founded by Nurul Yahya, Fiestah is a marketplace for event services working to eliminate the stresses of finding, booking, and managing vendors for your event. She wanted a way for vendors to know when event organizers were in their planning stage – both sides would benefit greatly. Pitching on February 14 at the Women 2.0 Conference will be Fiestah COO & Co-Founder Nurul Yahya.
PITCH SF 2013 Startup Competition Finalist: Greengar
Female Founder: Thuy Truong
Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Pitching to raise funds for developing and marketing their flagship product, Smartboard, Greengar co-founder Thuy Truong raised nearly $400k by launching a chain of self-serve frozen yogurt shops in Ho Chi Minh City. She recruited and managed developers for Greengar, focusing on accessibility in mobile tech. Pitching on February 14 at the Women 2.0 Conference will be Greengar co-founder Thuy Truong.
PITCH SF 2013 Startup Competition Finalist: HealthyOut
Female Founder: Wendy Nguyen
Location: San Francisco, California
Healthy foodie Wendy Nguyen is CEO of HealthyOut, a mobile app that helps you find healthy dishes nearby that match your nutrition preferences. Why is this important? Two-thirds of American adults struggling with overweight and obesity issues. Pitching on February 14 at the Women 2.0 Conference will be HealthyOut CEO & co-founder Wendy Nguyen.
PITCH SF 2013 Startup Competition Finalist: Maker’s Row
Female Founder: Tanya Menendez
Location: Brooklyn, New York
Maker’s Row makes factory-sourcing easy for designers and manufacturers. Tanya Menendez started Maker’s Row to solve her previous business’s problem in sourcing factories. Maker’s Row holds the mission to make American manufacturing easy to access and simple to understand. Pitching on February 14 at the Women 2.0 Conference will be Maker’s Row co-founder Tanya Menendez.
PITCH SF 2013 Startup Competition Finalist: Mavatar
Female Founder: Susan Akbarpour
Location: Menlo Park, California
Co-founded by CBDO Susan Akbarpour, Mavatar is a smart shopping cart that organizes online shopping and saves money. Users can shop from multiple retailers with one cart, compare items side-by-side for price and look and feel, create wishlists and store and share coupons. Pitching on February 14 at the Women 2.0 Conference will be Mavatar co-founder Susan Akbarpour.
PITCH SF 2013 Startup Competition Finalist: Modalyst
Female Founder: Jill Sherman
Location: New York, New York
A wholesale, B2B marketplace connecting emerging designers and independent boutiques, Modalyst taps into changing needs of retailers and places collective orders through a vetted platform with other merchants for great efficiency, refashioning the way boutiques buy from designers.for greater efficiency. Pitching on February 14 at the Women 2.0 Conference will be Modalyst CEO and co-founder Jill Sherman.
PITCH SF 2013 Startup Competition Finalist: VirtualMob
Female Founder: Chaya Jadhav
Location: London, England
Co-founded by Chaya Jadhav, VirtualMob brings a new dimension to mobile experiences with augmented reality. Simply point your device at any digital print ad or landmark and experience engaging, interactive content – it comes to life, providing an entertaining experience to the user. Pitching on February 14 at the Women 2.0 Conference will be VirtualMob CEO and co-founder Chaya Jadhav.
Watch the PITCH SF 2013 Startup Competition Finalists PITCH LIVE on February 14!
At the Women 2.0 Conference on February 14, 2013 in San Francisco, the judging panel of 10 experienced investors will be evaluating the finalists pitches live onstage:
- Andrea Zurek (Founding Partner, XG Ventures)
- Ann Miura-Ko (Partner, Floodgate)
- Charles Hudson (Partner, SoftTech VC)
- Christine Herron (Director, Intel Capital)
- Jenny Fielding (Head of Digital Ventures, BBC Worldwide)
- Joy Marcus (Partner, DFJ Gotham Ventures)
- Kevin Laws (Board Member & COO, AngelList)
- Nikhil Kalghatgi (Principal, SoftBank Capital)
- Thomas Korte (Founder, AngelPad)
- Wesley Chan (Partner, Google Ventures)
Women 2.0 readers: Are you coming to watch the finalists PITCH on February 14? Who are you rooting for? Let us know in the comments below!
Angie Chang is Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder of Women 2.0, a media company offering content, community and conferences for aspiring and current women innovators in technology. Our mission is to increase the number of female founders of technology startups with inspiration, information and education through our platform. Previously, Angie held roles in product management and web UI design. Angie holds a B.A. in English and Social Welfare from UC Berkeley. Follow her on Twitter at @thisgirlangie.