Join the Female Founders Competition SEA and Celebrate Diversity and Inclusion

Charu Mehrotra
4 min readSep 22, 2023

Promoting Diversity and Inclusion The Female Founders Competition offers a remarkable platform to champion diversity and inclusion in the startup world. This competition is exclusively for startups with a minimum of 50% female founders, celebrating their entrepreneurial spirit. By spotlighting outstanding entrepreneurs and their innovative startup ideas, this competition contributes to building a balanced and harmonious startup ecosystem.

Empowering Diverse Startups Our belief is in empowering founders to drive change and make a lasting impact. The Female Founders Competition provides an opportunity to celebrate the unique ideas of startup founders, raising awareness about their groundbreaking concepts reshaping various industries. Through this initiative, we aim to foster a more equitable and inclusive startup ecosystem.

Supporting Diverse Impact Entrepreneurs

We are committed to supporting diverse impact entrepreneurs on their journey to success. The Female Founders Competition offers a platform to showcase innovative ideas while providing founders with the necessary resources to propel their visions forward. We also promote diverse startup partnerships, allowing founders to complement each other’s strengths and weaknesses, enhancing resourcefulness in the face of adversity.

Don’t merely dream; take action! Join the Female Founders Competition today and transform your innovative startup ideas into thriving businesses. Embrace diversity, celebrate inclusion, and let your startup shine in the entrepreneurial spotlight. Register now and be the change you wish to see in the startup ecosystem!

Timeline & Schedule

  • Registration Opens: 1st Sep 2023, Fri
  • Registration Closes: 14th Oct 2023, Sat
  • Mentoring + Q&A Sessions: 3rd & 10 Oct 2023, Tue, 8 pm — 10 pm
  • Judging Period: 14 Oct 2023, Sat
  • Final Selection of Pitches: 20 Oct 2023, Fri
  • Announcement of Finalists: 21 & 22 Oct 2023 (Sat & Sun)
  • SEA Finals: 28th Oct 2023, Sat

Why Apply?

  • Gain Visibility: Promote women’s participation in business and create gender balance.
  • Increase Chances: The top winner from the Female Founders Competition SEA may proceed to the Women Startup Competition Europe’s Final Demo Day.
  • Collaborative Learning: Benefit from shared questions and answers with fellow attendees.
  • Presentation Skills: Improve your presentation and pitching skills with expert insights.

Who can apply

Applicants must meet two requirements:

  1. Female Leadership: The startup must be led by a female CEO or founded/co-founded by females, with at least 50% women in the entrepreneurial team, from South East Asia Countries (SEA).
  2. Startup Phase: The startup should be at least at the MVP phase or very close to launching, with something tangible to showcase.

The process

  1. Online Application
  2. Online Selection for the Female Founders Competition SEA (Semifinals)
  3. Online Mini-Bootcamp (Speed Rapid Mentoring)
  4. Pitching at the Female Founders Competition (Top semi-final winner advances to Women Startup Competition Europe)
  5. Finals Selection
  6. Pitching at WSC Demo Day — Winner Election
  7. Long-term Follow-up: Focusing on traction generation and international expansion

Partnerships for a Greater Purpose

Gender diversity is the key to a better world, and partnerships are the driving force behind our success. FFC (Female Founders Catalyst) plays a pivotal role in empowering female-founded and diverse startups during their vulnerable early stages, offering crucial seed investments. We operate as an independent non-profit organization, providing unwavering support to female founders without any charges. Partnerships are instrumental in enabling us to create the transformative change we aspire to achieve.

For more information on partnership opportunities, please contact us at empowerbizsg@gmail.com.

Corporate Partnerships Driving Social Good and Corporate Innovation

By sponsoring our programs, your organization not only contributes to social good but also gains an exceptional opportunity to connect with some of the most promising early-stage female founders within your industry. Each year, we engage with approximately 300 female-founded or female-led teams spanning various industries and verticals, including software, AI, biotech/health, sustainability, ed tech, beauty, fashion, media, and more.

Media Partnerships Gender Diversity: A Global Imperative

Gender diversity isn’t solely a women’s issue; it’s a matter of global interest. Visibility, addressing unconscious bias, showcasing positive role models, and encouraging more women to embark on entrepreneurial journeys are all critical components of effecting social change. Join hands with us to bring this vital topic to the forefront of discussions!

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Co-Founders of EmpowerBiz Global: Andrea Zsapka & Kenneth Choo “Empowering Business Owners Without Labels and Including All Parties in the Conversation” At EmpowerBiz Global, we are committed to breaking down barriers and fostering inclusivity. With Kenneth Choo, an Asian man, and Andrea Zsapka, a European woman, leading this venture, our diverse team has united to create something extraordinary. We aim to provide business owners with access to essential resources for business growth while nurturing a safe space for networking among peers. Our mission is simple: ensure equal access to opportunities and support, enabling everyone to achieve their goals and become successful entrepreneurs. Join us today and contribute to building a better tomorrow! Together, we will make a difference — let’s EmpowerBiz Global!

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Originally published at https://www.womenlines.com on September 22, 2023.

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Charu Mehrotra

Founder e-Magazine Womenlines, Entrepreneur,Unshakable Optimist. Subscribe www.womenlines.com