LATINAS IN TECH
STARTUP COMPETITION 2022

Awarding $35K in non-dilutive, cash awards.

Our applications are now closed.

The winners will be announced on May 20th, 2022 during the Latinas in Tech Summit 2022.

The Latinas in Tech Startup Competition is aimed at discovering, supporting and amplifying tech startups with at least one Latina co-founder.

We want to source Latina talent from all over the world and award non-dilutive cash prizes ($20K, $10K, and $5K) to our top three winners. Our ultimate goal is to catalyze the growth of recently founded startups that are determined to become billion dollar companies.

If you have the aspiration to have your company be a high growth startup and end up a billion dollar company, we strongly encourage you to submit a pitch application by April 1st (NEW DATE! April 22nd), 2022 at 11:59 pm PST.

2022 Startup Entry Pitches

Applicant Criteria

Please review our company criteria in detail prior to submission. If you have any questions do refer to our FAQ, or contact us at summit@latinasintech.org with the subject line: Question about Startup Competition.

  • At least one Latina Co-founder whose ownership percentage is reflected on the capitalization table. Please note that we do not consider founding team members unless they are Co-founders. 
  • Only a Founder or Co-founder can enter and submit a pitch application. 
  • The company is legally incorporated in the US or elsewhere. We will be awarding the corporate entity the financial non-dilutive cash grant. 
  • Companies can be headquartered outside of the United States.
  • The company should not have raised more than $750K USD in funding prior to the competition.
  • The company must have a strong tech or tech-enabled component. A few examples include a mobile app, direct to consumer e-commerce company, B2B or B2C marketplaces, software, etc. Please at least consider applying if you find that the use of a computer or cell phone is needed to use or access the service or product. 
  • Decks must be submitted in English.
  • All questions in the submission form must be answered in order to have your entry reviewed by our selection committee.
  • The video submission must not be longer than 2 minutes. 
  • If you make it to our semi-finalist round, please be prepared for us to request key documents and ask additional questions to get more insight into your company prior to going before the jury committee. 
  • A jury will select the three winners.

Meet the Jury

Adrian Mendoza

Adrian Mendoza

General Partner
Mendoza Ventures
Carmen Palafox

Carmen Palafox

Founding Partner
2045 ventures capital
Samara Hernandez

Samara Hernandez

Founding Partner
Chingona Ventures
Yasmin Cruz Ferrine

Yasmin Cruz Ferrine

General partner
Visible Hands VC
Jazmin Medina

Jazmin Medina

Investor
NewView Capital
Julia Figueiredo

Julia Figueiredo

Director, LATAM & Miami
Silicon Valley Bank
Laura Moreno

Laura Moreno

Partner
L’Attitude VC
Marcelo De Santis

Marcelo De Santis

Director, Digital Transformation
Thoughtworks
Nancy Torres

Nancy Torres

Principal
Ulu Ventures
Noramay Cadena

Noramay Cadena

Managing Partner
Supply Change Capital
Steve Eskenazi

Steve Eskenazi

Angel Investor
Angel Investor

2022 Startup Competition Sponsor

FAQs

The competition aims to discover, support, and amplify tech startups with at least one  Latina co-founder and who have not raised more than $750K USD. We’ll be awarding non-dilutive cash prizes ($20K for 1st place, $10K for 2nd place, $5K for 3rd place) and announcing the top three winners at our Latinas in Tech Summit on May 20th, 2021. We  strongly encourage you to submit a pitch application by April 1st, 2022 at 11:59 pm PST. 

The Startup Competition 2022 will work with startups who’ve launched, proven their idea works, and are seeking funding to take their business to the next stage. 

Every year, we choose startups to participate in 3 workshops and prepare a 90-second pitch  to investors. Our panel of judges will then choose a winner. 

After each semi-final, we share the judges’ feedback and select winners to our leaderboard, which will be seen by thousands of people including investors. 

The top 3 startups go on to compete in the Startup Competition Final Watch the pitches from our 2021 finalists below.

The Startup Competition brings together startups with amazing ideas who go on to become  industry leaders. 

We’re incredibly proud of everything our past Startup Competition participants have  achieved – here is an acceptance video example from Vinco, a brilliant business that  participated last year: Vinco and our 5 finalist last year companies: 

Code inspector | DevTools | Denver, Colorado, Liberet | FoodTech | Guadalajara, Jalisco,  SafeSpace | SaaS | São Paul

The competition is open to Latina for-profit businesses that have not raised more than  $750K USD in funding prior to the competition.

To get the most from The Startup Competition and support on offer, please make sure it’s  the founder or co-founder who attends the event. That said, we don’t mind who fills in the  application form.

The company should not have raised more than $750K USD in funding prior to the  competition.

Please review our company criteria in detail prior to submission. Applications for The  Latinas in Tech Startup Competition 2022 closes on April 22nd, 2022  

  1. Click the Apply button at the top and send your written application answering basic  questions about your startup.
  2. Send a 2-minute pitch video. Videos should be submitted via YouTube link (make  sure it is set to public!)

No, Latinas in Tech Startup Competition is offered at no charge.

We encourage you to only submit one application even if you own multiple businesses

No, there will be no certificate of participation after the competition.

Deck is confidential but recorded pitch will be available on YouTube & Summit site

No, judges are confidential.

The winners will be announced on May 20th, 2022 during the Latinas in Tech Summit  2022.

Please review our company criteria in detail prior to submission

  1. The first stage is an online application form that helps us assess the potential for the  business and what you’ve achieved so far. 
  2. The video submission must not be longer than 2 minutes.  

The deck and video must be in English. The video may not be longer than 2 minutes. LiT will  not be responsible for any application that is not received by the deadline for whatever  reason. 

Here are some examples from previous year videos: 

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLGH9xhTZ2CEUCCi9b05JtM2ul5Z8SptLw

Do you need some inspiration? Check out 2021 Latinas in Tech Startup Competition Winner https://youtu.be/VYYOEhBVM_s

Read our FAQ if you want help – we’ve tried to cover everything – or email  summit@latinasintech.org

If you think you could help The Latinas in Tech Startup Competition or are interested in  sponsoring, please email summit@latinasintech.org

Terms and Conditions

  1. The promoter of the competition is Latinas in Tech (LiT).
  2. Members of the Board of Directors of LiT are not permitted to enter the competition.
  3. Contestants need not be a member of LiT.
  4. Contestants must have at least one Latina founder.
  5. An entrant must have a primary product or service that is technology-related (an app, computer or phone is needed to use the service or product).
  6. This competition is open only for high-growth startups. See FAQ for more information.
  7. Contestants can be located both inside and outside the USA. 
  8. No person will be permitted to participate if the competition violates the laws of the home country of the contestant.
  9. The deadline to submit an application for the competition is April 22nd, 2022 at 11:59 pm (Pacific Daylight Time). No entries to the competition will be accepted after the deadline.
  10. Contestants must submit with the application a pitch deck and a video description of their product or service.
  11. The deck and video must be in English. The video may not be longer than 2 minutes.
  12. There is no entry fee or purchase necessary to enter into the competition.
  13. LiT will not be responsible for any application that is not received by the deadline for whatever reason.
  14. If two or more contestants propose the same idea, the first entry received by LiT will be honored.
  15. A jury selected by LiT will select three winners. 
  16. The cash prizes for the winners will be $20K, $10K, and $5K.
  17. The judging will take place online between April 15th, 2022 through April 19th, 2022.
  18. The winners will be announced on May 20th, 2022 during the Latinas in Tech Summit 2022.
  19. Winners do not have to be present at the Summit to win.
  20. LiT reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without any prior notice to Contestants. LiT will notify Contestants of any cancellation of the competition or amendment to the terms and conditions as soon as possible.
  21. Winners must claim their prizes within 7 days of notification. If a winner does not claim a prize within this period, LiT reserves the right to withdraw the prize and award the prize to another entrant.
  22. Winner will be responsible for all taxes and wire fees payable with respect to the prizes.
  23. The jury’s decision on all matters relating to the competition is final and binding. All disputes will be resolved by the Board of Directors of Latinas in Tech.
  24. The winners agree to the usage of their names and images in any promotional material of LiT. 
  25. Entry into the competition will be deemed acceptance of these terms and conditions.