Pitch Competition

Empower 2023, Celebrating Women Academic Entrepreneurs, April 26-28, 2023



Pitch Competition

Date: April 27, 2023, 5:30 pm ET

The Empower Conference 2023 Pitch Competition celebrates women academic entrepreneurship and salutes all founders and researchers who have or are planning to commercialize university-developed intellectual property across all disciplines including technology, physical sciences, life sciences and social sciences.

Applicants will compete for over $135K of cash and in-kind prizes, including a first-place cash prize of $100K and a $10K bundle of in-kind legal and advisory services. The semi-finalists and finalists in the selection process will also receive expert mentoring advice and the opportunity to meet with several VC firms.

The Empower pitch competition welcomes all researchers, founders and C-suite executives (from all academic institutions and/or industry) who are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion and who are commercializing university IP and ideas developed across college campuses, or licensing university-developed IP. Startups seeking pre-seed, seed, or series A funding are encouraged to apply. The pitch competition is open to all eligible participants regardless of identity.

Please contact Don Seitz, Associate Director, Princeton Entrepreneurship Council, for more information.

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Empower is a Princeton University entrepreneurship conference hosted by Princeton Entrepreneurship Council, part of the Office of the Dean for Research and a partner of Princeton Innovation.