Women Founders Network Unveils Ten Finalists Competing At Seventh Annual Fast Pitch Competition

By Amit Chowdhry ● July 16, 2019
  • The Women Founders Network recently unveiled the ten finalists who are competing in the 7th Annual Fast Pitch Competition on October 30, 2019

Women Founders Network recently unveiled the ten finalists who will compete in its Seventh Annual Fast Pitch Competition on October 30, 2019. The competition is going to be awarding early-stage women-led startups with a total of $55,000 in cash and over $150,000 in professional services. And $50,000 will be awarded to the top 3 finalists selected by WFN judges and an additional $5,000 cash prize will be awarded to the Junior Judges’ favorite Fast Pitch company.

This award is also empowering girls in grades 6-12 to participate in the process and become inspired by women entrepreneurs. And all ten finalists will receive professional services totaling over $150,000.

Plus the group will also gain visibility and exposure to leading early-stage venture capitalists, angel investors and Los Angeles business executives who are judging the event and attending the pre-pitch Springboard Enterprises Dolphin Tank with Women Founders Network on July 23rd at Microsoft in Playa Vista, CA along with a private invitation-only event on September 16th at Cross Campus Santa Monica.

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“It was challenging to narrow down the field of over 120 high quality applicants to ten finalists, and we’re excited to be working with these amazing women founders to help accelerate their success,” said Women Founders Network founder and CEO Darya Allen-Attar in a statement. “Through the support of our invaluable sponsors, this year we have increased the total cash award by $5,000. Beyond that, we have attracted a powerful slate of Fast Pitch judges, including leading women CEOs from LA-based companies and executives from early-stage venture capital and angel investment firms, increasing visibility for our finalists.”

So far the Women Founders Network has awarded and directly invested over $1.3 million in women-founded companies in the past 6 years. And alumni have gone on to raise over $68 million in funding.

In alphabetical order, the 10 finalists are:

C-Trax – Kiah Tolliver (Co-founder & CTO) – Charlotte, NC – C-Trax has a suite of SaaS products that support the entire cannabis and industrial hemp supply chain.

Dr. Brite – Paris Sabo MD (Co-Founder and COO) – Fullerton, CA – Dr. Brite naturals is a manufacturer of non-toxic oral care products that are safe for the entire family.

EVEN PRIME – Koh Kim (Founder & CEO) – Santa Monica, CA – EVEN PRIME is a modern personal care brand developed with the best chemists in Korea to deliver a high-quality line of affordable products for all races and genders.

Hakuna Brands – Hannah Hong (Co-founder) – Los Angeles, CA – Hakuna Brands makes indulgent frozen treats that truly satisfy with 100% plant-based ingredients and no refined sugar.

Hello Divorce – Erin Levine (Founder & CEO) – Emeryville, CA – Hello Divorce offers the first DIY divorce app where users can complete their entire divorce online.

Immersive Systems Inc. – Sandra J. Smith (Co-founder & President) – Pittsburgh, PA – Immersive Systems is tackling the challenges of fan engagement and fan monetization in competitive esports.

Inirv – Akshita Iyer (Founder & CEO) – Durham, NC – Inirv offers plug-and-play smart hardware to bring safety and simplicity to the kitchen.

LEFT – Shayanne Wright (Founder & CEO) – Santa Monica, CA – LEFT’s software was built for group travel and provides the first end-to-end platform for an entire organizations’ workflow.

ReJoule – Zora Chung (Co-founder & CFO) – Garden Grove, CA – ReJoule enables electric vehicle makers to maximize battery value by providing unprecedented insights on battery performance.

SOTAOG – Sarah Tamilarasan (CEO) – Houston, TX – SOTAOG is an intelligent enterprise software provider that delivers smart technology for the oil and gas industry.

The Fast Pitch Competition is taking place on Wednesday, October 30th from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Covel Commons at UCLA, Los Angeles. And the event is open to the public and tickets will be available through the Women Founders Network website.