Girls in Tech selected 10 finalists from 10 different countries among nearly 300 applications from 28 countries. A record for a competition that attracts more and more talented women entrepreneurs from all over Europe.
Paris, October 9, 2015 – Jacylyne Clarke, co-founder of Swedish startup Findify, is the winner of the 5th Lady Pitch Night. Findify is an intelligent e-commerce search powered by machine learning and big data. Benedicte de Raphélis Soissan, founder & CEO of French startup Clustree, first talent management tool dedicated to internal mobility and using big data analysis, comes second.
The 10 finalists:
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The Lady Pitch Night, biggest startup competition dedicated to women entrepreneurs in Europe, took place October 7 at Hub BPI. Speakers included French Deputy Minister for Digital Affairs Axelle Lemaire and Olin14 year old Sverritdottir, TechOlina Founder and 12 year old Manon Van Hoorebeke, European Digital Girl of the year 2014.
The 10 finalists pitched in front of over 200 people and an international Jury : Clara Gaymard, President, RAISE endowment fund; Pascal Latouche, Director Orange Fab France, the Orange France startup accelerator, Hermione Way, Co-Founder of Vibease; Mollie Spilman, Chief Revenue Officer, CRITEO ; Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten, Serial Entrepreneur, Co-founder & CEO of The Next Web & Bedy Yang, Managing Partner at 500 startups.
For Hermione Way, founder of Vibease, « the level of pitching was Silicon Valley standard ».
“Attending the Girls in Tech event in Paris was an eye-opening experience. Every guy in tech should experience how it feels to be a minority in a room filled with talented women. It would change their perspective on the gender balance in our tech industry, and it shows how ambitious and smart female Entrepeneurs are”, Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten, Serial Entrepreneur, and Co-founder & CEO of The Next Web.
Finalists were selected among 300 applications from 28 countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Macedonia, Holland, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, UK & Ukraine.
Finalists will receive tickets for Slush, SXSW, TechCrunch Disrupt London, The Europas, The Next Web & Web Summit. Findily will automatically be qualified for Web Summit startup competition and get exhibition space at TechCrunch Disrupt London, The Europas and Web Summit. These opportunities aim at offering women entrepreneurs more attention & visibility at all these conferences.
About the Lady Pitch Night : Girls in Tech Paris launched the first edition of the Lady Pitch Night in France in January 2011. In 2013, the event opened applications to all of Europe. In 2014, over 200 startups from 22 countries applied. Finalists from last year’s edition are Gemmyo (France), Cortechs (Ireland), Fojo.me (Croatia), Cocofarm (Bulgaria) and EasySize (Danemark), the winner – who automatically qualified for the startup competition of our partner LeWeb, where she won 2nd place. All our finalists were congratulated by our expert judges and speakers: Mike Butcher (TechCrunch), Reshma Sohoni (Seedcamp), Brenda O’Connell (Twitter), Joanna Shields (TechCityUK), Neelie Kroes (European Commission) et Sheryl Sandberg (Facebook).
About Girls in Tech : Girls in Tech is an international non-profit organization that seeks to give more visibility to women working in the tech and startup industry. The network was founded in 2007 by Adriana Gascoigne and counts over 40 chapters across all the continents. The French chapter was founded in 2010 by Mounia Rkha (ISAI) and Roxanne Varza (Microsoft). The French team has over 20 people. In Europe, Girls in Tech has 7 chapters: in France, the UK, Italy, Spain, Luxemburg, the Netherlands and Romania.