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’s Trip to Boulder

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


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

Startup Launch Package

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

Work space

Six months of coworking space for your team


12 months of hosting credits on Amazon Web Services

Stay Tuned!

More prizes coming soon!

Track Judges

Jess Williamson

from Techstars

Director, Barclays Accelerator

Don Loeb

from Techstars

VP of Corporate Development


Mandela Schumacher-Hodge

from Kapor Capital, The Startup Couch

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

Sonya Hausafus

from Techstars

Techstars, VP of Marketing

Jenny Fielding

from Techstars

Managing Director, Techstars

Lucy Sanders

from National Center for Women & Information Technology

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

Melissa Joy Kong

from Product Hunt

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.