Monday, March 11, 2013

Shark Tank/Dragons Den for Tech Startups

I just got word that the deadline has been extended five days on this wonderful initiative for young tech businesses in Europe.  

On April 4th, Girls in Tech Paris will host the third annual European Lady Pitch Night, where five startups will be brought out to Paris (all expenses paid) to compete in a pitch competition. To qualify? You must have your HQ in Europe, have at least one female co-founder and have been in business for at least six months, but no more than three years. And finally, your company must have developed or be developing a tech product (Internet, mobile, software, video game, electronic, etc.). The deadline for applications is now March 15th and you can apply here.

Last year’s event drew 60 applications from startups in 11 countries. The five selected startups pitched to Gilles Babinet, Orange, LeWeb and other event sponsors. 

Girls in Tech and European Lady Pitch Night are both working to build and support the European tech startup scene. According to Liam Boogar of The Rude Baguette (which does the same thing, more specifically to France, and is a marvelous resource): 'There are a lot of great angel investors & VCs in France who only get deal flow in France because, well, no other startups come out here. This event is a great chance for European startups to get their name out there in the French market! While our company Rude Media won’t be pitching (despite our awesome female cofounder!), we’ll certainly be keeping an eye on some of the awesome female entrepreneurs coming out to the event.'' 

The public is welcome at the conference on April 4 and tickets will be available here. GIT Paris stresses that the event and the group are both open to both men and women.

For more info on Girls in Tech Paris, see their site here. They're also on Facebook and Twitter.

Meanwhile, if the French startup, tech and digital world interests you, make sure to subscribe to Rude Baguette here. They'll be hosting their own event, the Paris Pub Summit, at the DelaVille Café in Paris on March 22nd at 19:30; it's co-hosted by the Web Summit and it's designed for entrepreneurs, investors, press and the rest of the international startup community. All the info on the Paris Pub Summit is here.  

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