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She Loves Tech calls for African female-focused startups

she loves tech calls for african femalefocused startups

Applications are open for She Loves Tech , the worlds biggest startup competition for women in tech. The competition is hosting its seventh edition with prizes up to $50 000. This years focus hones in on African tech startups.

Since its inception, the global non-profit organisation has committed to closing

the funding gap for women entrepreneurs and building an ecosystem for technology, entrepreneurship and innovation that creates opportunities for women. Fundraising will be front and centre this year and this pitch round will be held across over 40 countries. Partners of the event include ATAST , Beijing Womens International Center , Circle , Girls in Tech Macau , Gobi Partners , Hatch and the Kerala Startup Mission .

More than just a tech competition
Last year, we announced our new mission to catalyse $1-billion funding for startups coming through She Loves Tech by 2030, says co-founder Rhea See .

Startups can expect increased funding and one-on-one opportunities with leading VCs, mentoring hours, and direct cash and investment prizes throughout the series. Alumni startups from previous years have received over $250-million in aggregate funding from some of the world's top investors, including Sequoia Capital , Vertex Ventures , Wavemaker , Microsoft and Amazon

She Loves Tech 2021 is more than a competition, it is an acceleration platform designed to take women-led and women impact startups to the next level, remarks co-founder Leanne Robers. Previous participants include Arianna Huffington (Co-Founder CEO, Thrive Global), Ann Cairns (Executive Vice Chair, Mastercard) and Mahmoud Mohieldin (UN Special Envoy on Financing the 2030 Agenda).

"Without women, we are unable to solve the worlds greatest challenges. Women represent a new generation of innovation and disruptive thinking," comments co-founder Virginia Tan.

If you are a tech startup with at least one female founder or a majority of female consumers or end-users, apply here before registrations close.