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The annual PitcHER™ contest is a pitch competition bringing leading women and non-binary entrepreneurs to Grace Hopper Celebration – the world’s largest gathering of women and non-binary technologists – with the goal of supporting, encouraging, and providing new funding opportunities to these entrepreneurs.

This year, we are looking for entrepreneurs from all industries who are leading early-stage technology startups. The top 6 finalists will compete at the 2023 Grace Hopper Celebration and will receive GHC 23 registration, travel, and lodging accommodations.

The top 6 finalists will also compete for a total of $100,000 in investment capital provided by Backstage Capital – to be split among the top three finalists, including an Audience Favorite.

If we select you as a finalist, you must be available for the PitcHER™ competition at GHC 23 taking place September 26 through September 29, 2023, in Orlando, FL.


Applications deadline April 14, 2023 at 5pm PT


To be eligible for this grant, you answer the following questions:
  • Executive Team: You (the applicant and, if selected as a finalist, the pitch presenter) must identify as a woman or non-binary, be the founder of your business, and be part of the current executive team (e.g. the CEO or CTO).
  • Stage: Your startup is in its early stage of development (seed): You have a minimum viable product (MVP) and have gotten some user feedback. Revenue is not required.
  • Funding: Your startup has raised less than $2 million in total funding including self-funding, friends and family, angel investors, grants, etc.
  • Location: Your startup is based in the U.S. and serves the U.S. market (although it may also be international).
  • Return of Capital: (For-profit startups only) Your startup provides compelling evidence that it will be profitable enough to reward investors for risk.
  • Scale of Impact: (Nonprofit startups only) Your startup provides compelling evidence that it will have an impact that aligns with its mission.
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