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#Equalize2024 Pitch Competition and Symposium to Showcase Academic Women Innovators

Jun 17, 2024 | Events

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Join us for the #Equalize2024 Pitch Competition and Symposium on June 20 at 1pm ET for an inspirational afternoon celebrating some of the brightest women innovators in academia. This event is not only a celebration of innovative ideas but also a platform for supporting women in their entrepreneurial journeys.

Equalize Startups is a unique organization dedicated to equalizing the pathway for academic women who aim to commercialize their innovations. Established in 2020, the program has mentored more than 90 entrepreneurs, helping them launch companies and secure funding.

What to Expect

Thirty talented women will pitch their innovations in four exciting categories: Medical Technologies, Digital Tools, Therapeutics, and Physical Sciences.

The event kicks off with a welcome and keynote address, followed by the pitch competition. After the pitches, there will be a panel discussion featuring experienced entrepreneurs and investors, culminating in the closing and awards ceremony.

Digital transformation and AI leader Sarah Fay will give the keynote address. She will speak about the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in startups, tactics to help women and other underrepresented populations pursue their entrepreneurial goals, and organizations that help affect change.

A panel discussion will look back at the achievements of the program. “Equalize Impact After 5 Years” features, Sandhya Kortagere, Professor at Drexel University College of Medicine, Chris Garabedian, CEO of Xontogeny, and critical care nurse and entrepreneur Breanna Hetland.

Join Our Community!

This event is more than just a competition; it’s a community. By participating, you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Support and Celebrate Women Innovators: Witness the passion and ingenuity of women academic innovators as they present their groundbreaking ideas.
  • Discover Exciting Startup Opportunities: Learn about emerging startups that are poised to make a significant impact in their respective fields.
  • Network with Peers: Connect with like-minded individuals and expand your professional network.
  • Learn from Experts: Gain insights from investors and entrepreneurial experts through the pitches and discussions.
  • Get Involved: Help these innovators take their next steps by voting for the people’s choice winner.

Don’t miss this chance to be part of a movement that supports and uplifts women innovators. Whether you’re an entrepreneur, investor, or simply passionate about innovation, Equalize2024 offers something for everyone. See you on June 20!