WEXCHANGE WOMEN STEMPRENEURS COMPETITION
The call for applications to the WeXchange Women STEMpreneurs Competition is now closed!
Are you ready?
The application period will be open until April 8th.
Applications are now open for the WeXchange Women STEMpreneurs Competition, which seeks to identify the most innovative and dynamic women entrepreneurs in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) from Latin America and the Caribbean, and connect them with potential opportunities of access to financing.
What is WeXchange Women STEMpreneurs Competition?
The competition is part of WeXchange, IDB Lab’s platform to support the growth of women entrepreneurs in tech from the region. This call is organized in collaboration with Google and the venture capital fund AVP
If you are a woman, Co-Founder, or part of the leadership team (C-level) of a startup that is actively raising capital from pre-Seed to Series B, apply and be one of the 15 selected startups that will pitch in Miami to investors from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, United States among other international VC funds on May 24, during “WeXchange: Connecting STEMpreneurs women with investors”. This event will take place in the context of the VC Latam Summit, that brings together the most relevant investors of the venture capital industry from Latin America and Miami. This summit is organized by nine national associations of venture capital and private capital in the region.
Who can apply?
- Startups with at least one woman in the founding or leadership team (C-level), who will apply & pitch their startup.
- Startups with a high technological component or where Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) are key pieces, including sectors such as fintech, edtech, agtech, healthtech, biotech, e-commerce, transportation/mobility, logistics, digital security, cleantech, tourism, SaaS for SMEs, among others.
- Startups with headquarters and operations in at least one country in Latin America and/or the Caribbean.
- Legally incorporated startups.
- Startups with highly scalable business models at a regional/global level and high potential for social and/or environmental impact.
- Startups in the process of raising capital from pre-Seed to Series B financing rounds.
15 women-led startups will be selected to travel to Miami to pitch their business to venture capital investors on May 24, during “WeXchange: Connecting Women STEMpreneurs with Investors.” This event will take place in the context of the VC Latam Summit, which brings together the most relevant investors of the Latin American and Miami venture capital industry. This summit is organized by nine national associations of venture capital and private capital in the region.
In addition to participating in the WeXchange event, the selected startups will participate in a five-day hybrid bootcamp that includes workshops on technology, digital marketing, leadership, and capital raising, organized by Google.
The first part of this bootcamp (80%) will be held virtually and the remaining 20% will be held in person in Miami, during the previous days of the WeXchange event. The bootcamp is divided into blocks by topic, and all relevant members of the company are invited to participate in each block.
The prize of this call includes travel and lodging expenses for the woman founder / co-founder or director (C-level) of the company, who will be pitching.
- Profile of the founding team, previous experience, and ability to execute.
- Differentiating/disruptive element of the proposed solution.
- Growth potential & market size.
- Viability of the business model.
- Scalability potential.
- Potential for social and/or environmental impact.
- Performance and traction to date.
Application period: March 21 to April 8, 2022. Submission of application will be via Google forms.
*Only complete applications that meet all the requirements described will be evaluated.
Selection process: The applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis. The announcement of the selected companies will be announced/communicated via email no later than April 25
*IDB Lab reserves the right to request additional information, including the ability to request video-call interviews.
Bootcamp (virtual): May 16 to May 19, 9am to 5pm CST*. It is an essential requirement that at least one representative of each company participates in each of the sessions.
*Dates and times are subject to change without notice. Some workshops and sessions could be held in person in Miami in the days leading up to WeXchange: Connecting Women STEMpreneurs with Investors (May 24).
WeXchange: Connecting Women STEMpreneurs with Investors: May 24, 2022. The woman entrepreneur / C-level director of the company will pitch to investors from venture capital funds. The representative of each company must be available to travel within three days before and after the date of the event.
*It is the responsibility of each selected participant to comply with the migration and health requirements to travel to the United States. IDB Lab will not be able to provide support with U.S. visa procedures.
How to apply?
The application will be received through Google forms. The deadline to apply is April 8th, 2022 (11:59pm, US Eastern Time).
Frequently asked questions
CAN I APPLY TO THIS COMPETITION IF I HAVE ALREADY PARTICIPATED IN OTHER WEXCHANGE’S CALLS FOR APPLICATIONS?
Yes, each call is different and independent. You can apply to the WeXchange Women STEMpreneurs Competition even if you have been selected in previous calls.
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