AIM-HI to Award $1 Million in Seed Funding to Female-Led Oncology Startup

AIM-HI 2021 Women's Venture Comeptition

The AIM-HI Accelerator Fund’s Women’s Venture Competition is a first-of-its-kind program that provides funding, coaching and networking opportunities to women-led oncology start-ups. Subject to due diligence and negotiation, the winning company of 2021 Women’s Venture Competition will receive a total of $1 million in investment from AIM-HI and co-investors.

Learn more: aim-hiaccelerator.org/womens-venture-competition

Equalize 2022 dates & deadlines announced

Equalize 2022 applications due Nov 10, 2021

Event Date
Applications Due November 10, 2021
Application Review November 11 — 19, 2021
Finalists Interviews November 22 — December 3, 2021
Pitchers & Mentors Announced* December 17, 2021
January 2022 1st Mentor/Pitcher Meeting
February 2022 2nd Mentor/Pitcher Meeting
March 2022 3rd Mentor/Pitcher Meeting
April 2022 4th Mentor/Pitcher Meeting
May 2022 5th Mentor/Pitcher Meeting
June 2022 6th Mentor/Pitcher Meeting & Pitcher Practice
June 30, 2022 Pitch Competition
* Networking & Education Sessions TBA

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Equalize 2021 is a virtual mentor program and pitch competition designed to take national action around the disparity of women academic inventors forming university startups. This mentorship and education program culminates in a one-day virtual pitch event on September 22, 2021. Applications are due December 31, 2020.

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Washington U launches pitch competition to support women entrepreneurs — techtransfercentral.com

By Jesse Schwartz

There’s a new pitch competition launching in St. Louis next year to support academic women entrepreneurs, a group that is significantly underrepresented in the commercialization universe.

Hosted by Washington University in St. Louis and branded as “Equalize 2020,” the competition will serve as a platform to mentor and promote women researchers as they navigate the start-up landscape and engage with investors and industry partners.

“We believe this competition will be the first of its kind in the nation, focusing specifically on women academic inventors who are ready to engage the startup community,” says Nichole Mercier, assistant vice chancellor and managing director of the university’s Office of Technology Management (OTM).

“Because of the disparity in how women approach start-up companies, this effort must be national, as no one institution can drive success on their own,” says Mercier. “Washington University is already a national leader in promoting women inventors. We expect people from all over the country to attend, because there is critical mass around interest in this topic and changing the outcomes.”

Applications for Equalize 2020 are due November 15. The program will begin in January, with finalists receiving mentorship from industry leaders to prepare and perfect their pitches before the June 25 competition.

First-of-its-kind pitch competition coming to St. Louis

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It’s no secret that there’s an enormous funding and support gap between startups founded by men and women. According to PitchBook, companies founded solely by women only received 2.3% of the total capital invested in venture-backed American startups last year.

Washington University in St. Louis is committed to supporting faculty, students and staff wherever they are on their entrepreneurial journey — and is especially invested in supporting women bringing their ideas and discoveries from lab through to the marketplace.

A terrific example of that commitment begins in St. Louis next year. Equalize 2020 is a national pitch competition geared toward academic faculty members who also are innovators. Presented by the university’s Office of Technology Management (OTM) and Osage University Partners, the event will serve as a platform to coach and promote women tech inventors as they navigate the startup ecosystem and engage with funders and corporate partners.

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“We believe this competition will be the first of its kind in the nation, focusing specifically on women academic inventors who are ready to engage the startup community,” said Nichole Mercier, assistant vice chancellor and managing director of OTM. “Because of the disparity in how women approach starting companies, this effort must be national as no one institution can drive success on their own.

“Washington University is already a national leader in promoting women inventors. We expect people from all over the country to attend because there is critical mass around interest in this topic and changing the outcomes.”

Applications for the competition are due Nov. 15; Washington University faculty are encouraged to apply. Beginning in January, finalists will receive mentoring from industry leaders to prepare and perfect their pitches, which will then be presented to a panel of judges on June 25.

Equalize 2020 also will include a symposium, panel discussions and keynote speakers, including Elizabeth Dougherty, the eastern regional outreach director at the United States Patent and Trademark Office, who will discuss the state of women inventors in America. The symposium and pitch competition will be open to the public.

“The entire event promises to be a game-changer,” Mercier said. “We will have brilliant female academics in the room, presenting to industry leaders and potential funding partners. We will create a stronger network of support for all women interested in starting their own entrepreneurial journeys.”

Apply today!

This story was originally published via source.wustl.edu.

First Speaker Announced: Elizabeth Dougherty, USPTO

Elizabeth Dougherty, Eastern Regional Outreach Director at the United States Patent & Trademark Office will present “The State of Women Inventors in America.”

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First Sponsor Announced: Polsinelli

Polsinelli is an Am Law 100 firm with more than 875 attorneys in 21 offices nationwide. Recognized by legal research firm BTI Consulting as one of the top firms for excellent client service and client relationships, the firm’s attorneys provide value through practical legal counsel infused with business insight, and focus on health care, financial services, real estate, intellectual property, middle-market corporate, labor and employment and business litigation. >> polsinelli.com

Equalize 2020 is looking for partners who believe in change, want to support efforts to diversify the innovation pool, and want to move the needle toward creating more women entrepreneurs. >> Read more.

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Equalize 2020 is a pitch competition and symposium designed to take national action around the disparity of women academic inventors forming university startups. We’re thrilled to partner with Osage University Partners to address this need.

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