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A pitch competition & symposium to empower academic women entrepreneurs

Equalize 2022 Pitchers Announced

By Sarah Goode | December 17, 2021

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Equalize is a virtual mentor program and pitch competition designed to take national action around the disparity of women academic inventors forming university startups.

Fifteen women academic entrepreneurs were selected for the Equalize 2022 cohort. Mentorship and educational sessions begin in January, and the program will culminate with a virtual pitch competition on June 30, 2022.


Jennifer Blain Christen
Arizona State University

Maria Croyle
University of Texas at Austin

Rachel Dreyer
Yale University

Nancy Guo
West Virginia University

Ariella Shikanov
University of Michigan

Katelyn Swindle-Reilly
The Ohio State University

Danielle Tullman-Ercek
Northwestern University


Julie Magarian Blander
Weill Cornell Medicine, Cornell University

Juliane Bubeck Wardenburg
Washington University
 in St. Louis

Ornit Chiba-Falek
Duke University

Julie Goodwin
Yale University

Sui Huang
Northwestern University

Monica Jablonski
University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Barbara Osborne
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Karin Westlund High
University of New Mexico Health Science Center