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09/29/2015 11:24 am ET | Updated Sep 29, 2016

Putting Money Where My Mouth Is and Funding Women-led Startups

At Microsoft in Times Square this November 9, ten women-led startups will pitch their innovative and disruptive ventures to a panel of investors for the chance to win $25,000. This could be you.

Folks, I've partnered with Women Who Tech for the Women Startup Challenge NYC. Applications are open for one more day. You have 'til September 30th at 11:59pm EST to complete your application. This Challenge is focused on women-led startups in the NE region.

This is the real deal, as only 7% of all investor money goes to women-led startups. Fair's fair, regardless of gender in tech, so the Women Startup Challenge is showcasing and funding innovative, women-led startups and disruptive ventures that are solving problems for people, businesses, and the planet. 10 of the most promising startups will be selected by a panel of judges to pitch their venture on stage in front of investors ranging from Joanne Wilson to Susan Lyne of BBG Ventures (an AOL venture capital firm that backs visionary female builders), and a live audience at Microsoft in Times Square. Prizes include at least $25,000 in cash, startup profiles on prominent networks like HuffPo, LinkedIn, and Medium, as well as startup friendly services.startup challenge

The Women Startup Challenge is also trying to make long-term connections between women startups founders and the investor community. On November 10, the final 10 will be participating in the first-ever Women Startup Speed Dating at AOL. The event is designed to give women founders one-on-one access to investors and experts to help them hone their startup pitches and ideas.

The application to the Women Startup Challenge is not too long, so you've still got time to get your app submitted.

Folks, let's fund women-led startups. I'll see you in NYC in just a couple of months... It's time to put our money where our mouths are.