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

Application closes March 22, 2024

We want to source Latina talent from all over the world and award non-dilutive cash prizes ($30K, $20K, and $10K) 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 March 22nd, 2024, at 11:59 pm PST.

2024 Startup Competition Sponsor

We are looking for sponsors to support the Startup Competition. If you are interested, please reach out to summit@latinasintech.org 

Meet the 2023 Winners

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1st place

3rd place

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Meet the Jury

Applicant Criteria

Please review our company criteria in detail prior to submission. If you have any questions, please refer to our FAQ, or contact us at summit@latinasintech.org with the subject line: Questions 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 total 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. 
  • An investor jury team will select the three winners.

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 March 31st, 2023 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 should be 2 minutes at maximum.
  12. There is no entry fee or purchase necessary to enter 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 $30K, $20K, and $10K.
  17. The judging will take place online between April 8th, 2024, through April 26th, 2024.
  18. The winners will be announced on May 16th, 2024, during the Latinas in Tech Summit 2024.
  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 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. The winners 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.

FAQs

The competition aims to discover, support, and amplify tech startups with at least one Latina co-founder and who has not raised more than $750K USD. We’ll be awarding non-dilutive cash prizes ($30K for 1st place, $20K for 2nd place, $10K for 3rd place) and announcing the top three winners at our Latinas in Tech Summit on May 16th, 2024.

We strongly encourage you to submit a pitch application by March 22nd, 2024, at 11:59 pm PST.

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.
Previous Winners include:

2023

  • 1st place – Zumma | FinTech |  Mexico City, Mexico
  • 2nd place – TerraFirma |  Other |  San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 3rd place –  Cuentologia | EdTech | Chicago, IL, USA
 

2022

  • 1st place – Sortile | Sustainability | New York, New York
  • 2nd place – Pancake | Design Services | Dover, Delaware
  • 3rd place – KredFeed | FinTech | Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

2021

  • 1st Place – Codiga (formerly Code inspector) | DevTools | Denver, Colorado
  • 2nd place – Liberet | FoodTech | Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexcio
  • 3rd place – Social Cipher | GameTech | Los Angeles, California

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 the founder or co-founder would be available to to attend the live event if selected as finalist. 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 2024 closes on March 22nd, 2024

  • Click the Apply button at the top and send your written application answering basic questions about your startup.
  • Send a 2-minute pitch video. Videos should be submitted via YouTube link (make sure it is set to public!)
  • Please make sure to select that your video is not child friendly. This feature is needed for API & sharing purposes.

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.

We will maintain communication with you throughout the process.

The top 10 finalist video pitches will be featured during the Latinas in Tech Summit and the final 3 winners will be announced live.

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.
  3. Please make sure to select that your video is not child friendly. This feature is needed for API & sharing purposes.

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.

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 cecilia@latinasintech.org