Startup Women Track

Startup Women Track Overview

To grow diversity in technology entrepreneurship worldwide, showcasing the talents of women entrepreneurs is a first step. The Techstars Foundation is honored to support building diversity with a Track in Global Startup Battle focused on women entrepreneurs and highlighting their work and talents.


Join us and help create diversity in technology entrepreneurship around the world. The Startup Women Track drives participation at all levels by accepting teams that have a female founder, led by a woman, or consist of 50% or more women members.


Important Dates: 

  • Nov 13 - Weekend 1 submissions open (8:00am PST)
  • Nov 17 - Weekend 1 submissions close (11:59pm PST)
  • Nov 22 - Weekend 2 submissions open (8:00am PST)
  • Nov 24 - Weekend 2 submissions close (11:59pm PST)
  • Nov 27 - Voting begins
  • Dec 4 - Voting ends
  • Dec 4-9 - Judging
  • Dec 9-10 - Scoring/Admin
  • Dec 11 - Winner Announcement


Entry Requirements:

  • Team must be the result of a pitch given by a female founder
  • or, the team must consist of 50% or more women members
  • or, the team must be led by a woman 


Judging Criteria:

Experience (how does the product look & feel):

  • Is your product easy and intuitive for the user to navigate?
  • Is your product engaging?
  • How does your product feel?

Execution (what was built):

  • How effective is your a "Minimal Viable Product" for the weekend (be it software, hardware, etc.)? 
  • Were you able to incorporate customer feedback into the solution?
  • How much is built?

Validation (is this business feasible, do you have customers):

  • What is your key value proposition?
  • Who will be your users, who will be your customers (are they different)?
  • How many users have you engaged with?
  • How did you validate your problem & solution with customers, and what did you learn from them?
  • How do you plan on making this a successful business? (have you thought about competition, how to scale, acquiring customers, revenue model etc.) 

Startup Women Track Prizes

  • Founder

    Founder's Trip to Boulder

    Voted best city for female entrepreneurs! Check out the local startup community and visit with Techstars team.

  • Mentoring


    Package of online mentoring sessions with industry leaders to get feedback and advice.

  • Startup Launch Package

    Startup Launch Package

    Package of products to help you launch & build from companies like Zapier, MailChimp, Hootsuite, and

  • Work space

    Work space

    Six months of coworking space for your team

  • Hosting


    12 months of hosting credits on Amazon Web Services

  • Stay Tuned!

    Stay Tuned!

    More prizes coming soon!

Track Judges

  • Jess Williamson

    Jess Williamson

    From Techstars

    Director, Barclays Accelerator

  • Don Loeb

    Don Loeb

    From Techstars

    VP of Corporate Development

  • Mandela Schumacher-Hodge

    Mandela Schumacher-Hodge

    Portfolio Services Director, Kapor Capital, Founder, The Startup Couch

  • Sonya Hausafus

    Sonya Hausafus

    From Techstars

    Techstars, VP of Marketing

  • Jenny Fielding

    Jenny Fielding

    From Techstars

    Managing Director, Techstars

  •  Lucy Sanders

    Lucy Sanders

    CEO and Co-founder of NCWIT, National Center for Women & Information Technology

  • Melissa Joy Kong

    Melissa Joy Kong

    Content & Marketing at Product Hunt

    Startup and digital media enthusiast with: writing, editing, content strategy, consumer marketing, viral marketing, project management, strategic partnerships, audience engagement, content amplification, and new product development experience. Lover of the Oxford comma.