The largest startup pitch competition in 2017
aimed at female-led Startups In FinTech / InsurTech space
Within FinTech and InsurTech space, the competition recruited...
The competition yielded real business opportunities, such as...
"The TD purpose is to enrich the lives of our customers, our communities and our colleagues, so when I think about this partnership with Quesnay, it hits me from a couple of perspectives - getting introduced to start-ups doing really great, cool things and helping to drive transformational change... I also look to investing in our female leaders both within TD, and well as external to TD."
Karen Buck (EVP, Commercial, Retail and Payment Operations)
TD Bank, Silver Sponsor
“It's an honor to win. It's more than just money, it's the business development, contacts and partnership from this community that are priceless. Female-led businesses generate US $1.6 trillion in annual revenue, yet only 4% of VC funding goes to female entrepreneurs. It's time to flip the script, and programs like Female Founders in Tech have the potential to accomplish this.”
Tanya Van Court (Founder & CEO)
Goalsetter, First Place Winner 2017
Meet the Seven Finalists (and the Three Winners)
Goalsetter is a goal-based savings and gifting platform, targeting millennial parents.
Led by Tanya Van Court
Founder & CEO
Allows underserved individuals to perform secure financial transactions via mobile app.
Led by Amanda Graham
Co-founder & COO
Meet our Panel of sponsor Judges
Mentoring / business development guidance from industry experts
Dedicated blog post and social media promotion
Access to $25,000 worth of Microsoft Azure cloud computing credit
Online Application Opens
Online Application Closes
November 3 – 12
Online Judging Period
7 Finalists Announced
Featured Judges & Mentors
Click here for the list of influencers participating in the 2018 program
Who are we and why are we doing this?
Over the last 5 years, we(Quesnay) have been working with clients in financial services, insurance, telecommunications, and media to help accelerate innovation. We run innovation competitions, create customized acceleration programs, and develop digital partnership strategies in order to source external ideas/startups and connect them into our clients’ organizations. Together with our partner, Skild, we have run over 400 competitions. You can see an example here of a global social-impact competition focused on IoT solutions that Quesnay developed and ran with Verizon.
We are now taking this experience and these best practices to run our own competition to address another meaningful topic. We, like many others, recognize the distinct lack of representation and startup funding among women and want to use the competition format as a way to fund, support and mentor female founders in the financial services arena, where the gap is particularly stark. At Quesnay, our own founder, Jennifer Byrne, is a female founder and angel investor, so this is a cause that resonates with us on multiple levels.
E-mail us at email@example.com if you have any questions.