We are pleased to announce that Venopi is a finalist for the 2018 TEDxAmsterdamWomen Start Up Award The TEDxAmsterdamWomen Start Up Award is an annual event that invites promising start ups to pitch their idea in front of a jury of experts, investors, advisers, and members of the press.
The criteria to enter the competition is that your company has an idea that will improve the world, with a sustainable impact for the target group, and a strong team behind it. In order to be eligible, your company must have a clear financial business model and marketing strategy. You must be able to demonstrate proven success and your business must be scalable.
Last year, Venopi pitched at the pre-selection round for the TEDxAmsterdamWomen Start Up Award , however, unfortunately we didn’t make it through to the next round. This year, the Venopi Team’s determination and perseverance has brought us to the final stage -- and we could not be prouder.
The Pre-Selection Round
On Monday September 3, twenty five start ups were selected to pitch their idea to a six-member jury during the pre-selection round at the Circle. Each company had the opportunity to deliver a 1 minute pitch followed by a question and answer session.
We thoroughly enjoyed the day and the opportunity to meet other female led start ups. Amongst ourselves, we regularly discuss the gender gap in business and technology. Being able to connect and discuss similar challenges and support one another was an invaluable experience.
Not only were we able to meet other women-led start ups, we also took part in a series of workshops with marketing, business, and legal experts. As well as receiving feedback from Barbara Rogoski, a senior TEDx coach.
At the end of the day, the jury chose 10 semi-finalists and selected two candidates to be chosen by the public for the 11th spot. We were ecstatic to hear that Venopi would be making it to the next round.
On Monday September 24, at the Epicenter, the eleven chosen semi-finalists pitched once again to an audience of more than 200 people. This time, each founder had to deliver a 5 minute pitch and prepare for a 3 minute Q and A session.
The competition was stiff and everyone brought their A-game. After an evening of listening to a series of inspiring pitches from women who have become our friends, the finalists were announced. Venopi, along with Code Gorilla and Closure, would be moving on to the final round!
So, what’s next? On December 6, Venopi will take the mainstage with the two other start ups to present our idea and compete for the prize.
The winner of the award will receive expert advice from professionals over the course of the following year and have the chance to meet potential investors. The financial coaching from ABN AMRO and the business coaching from Deloitte would be immensely helpful for the future of Venopi. We were honored to meet women.
We are especially excited about the prospect of a year of coaching from Barbara, who has her own company She Speaks with Passion.
Here’s the part where you come in. We would love to have your support! Come and join us on December 6 for the TEDxAmsterdamWomen finals!