Female Founder Challenge

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For the third year in a row, VivaTech in partnership with 50inTech launches the Female Founder Challenge (FFC) with two main objectives: (1) facilitate VC-startup meetings to accelerate the financing of women-led startups, (2) urge VC funds to commit to more gender equality at all levels.


  • You are a female founder, co-founder, CEO or co-CEO of a global startup in the process of raising funds (be it seed, series A, B, C or beyond)
  • You don’t have access to global investors or you lack investor connections.


This Challenge offers you a unique opportunity to master your investor pitch, get exclusive access to investors and get a great visibility during an hybrid event open to a diverse audience.

The Challenge includes an online bootcamp on fundraising, 1:1 meetings with investors (Office Hours), a guided tour of VivaTech, an exclusive dinner with women executives, a pitch contest and an award ceremony.

Selection criteria


Relevance, originality and innovation level of the tech solution compared to existing alternatives.


Feasibility, realism and viability (technical, economic and environmental) of implementing the solution

Female Founder Challenge

Team profile

Profile of the founder(s) and co-founder(s), ability to lead the project to success, hard .

Business model

 Demonstrated traction and product-market fit

The challenge timelines

May 02 : Application deadline
May 19-20: Online Bootcamp on fundraising
June 2: Announcementof the 10 Finalists
June 17: Pitch contest, Finalist-VC appointments (Office Hours), and announcement of the winner during the award ceremony

For more details and application, visit the official web page .

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