The Venture Challenge Washington DC (The Vinetta Project)


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  • United States of America


At Vinetta we are on a mission to spur startup growth and investment in female founders across North America. This year, all of our Showcase events will run as a Venture Challenge. Three pitch events will take place throughout the year and they will culminate in a final founders’ Showcase. Finalists who make it on to the final Showcase will compete for $20,000 in cash.



1) Visibility in Front of Curated Crowd

At each event, we hand-select an audience of over one hundred and fifty people, representing the full spectrum of what the the DC tech ecosystem has to offer. Historically, our audience has been 40% founders, 30% funders, and 30% influencers (connectors, media, and market leaders).

2) Access to Top Investors

When you apply for the Vinetta Venture Challenge, your application will be reviewed by representatives from more than two dozen DC-based venture funds and angel groups, giving your company unprecedented visibility to potential investors.

3) Mentorship from Industry Leaders

Each presenter will hear advice from top investors and founders on our panel. To add to the excitement, our top founder will be connected to some of the most influential members of our network for one-on-one meetings.

4) Access to the Vinetta Community

Applying to the Venture Challenge lets us know you're interested in being a part of Vinetta.  You'll be invited to programming that feels relevant to you and your business, including:

  • Founders and Founders dinners

  • Our Bi-annual Problem Hacking Program

  • Workshops

  • Office hours

  • Founder-only Happy Hours

  • Personalized introductions to investors

The application is not just a portal to the competition, but to the community. 

5) $$ Cash and Services to Accelerate Growth

Our winner will receive a $20,000 cash prize, one-on-one meetings with panel experts, and major bragging rights. 


Selection Process

Ready, Set, Pitch.  These are the steps you need to take to compete for the Grand Prize:

  1. Online Application: Apply online to present at a Pitch & Panel Showcase. Select “DC” as your city in order to be eligible for this competition.

  2. Semifinalist Showcases: If you are chosen to present at one of the first 2 Showcases (March & June), you will deliver a two-minute pitch to our panel of investors and successful founders and then field questions from the panel. Showcase events typically occur on weeknights and last for 2.5 hours. The panel of experts will select two semifinalists who will advance to the Finalist Showcase on Thursday, September 12th, 2019.

  3. Finalist Showcase: If you win your semifinalist Showcase, you will prepare a short deck (3 pages total), which will be reviewed and refined in advance with the Vinetta team. Finalists will then deliver an updated three-minute pitch to an all-star panel of industry experts and investors at the September 12th, 2019 showcase. The winner will be announced that evening after a short deliberation by the judges.

Application Deadlines

You may apply to pitch at either of the first 2 Showcases.  If you are not accepted into the first Showcase, we will reconsider your application for the second Showcase.  Individual deadlines are as follows:

Round 1

  • Application Deadline - February 10th, 2019

  • Semi-Finalists Notified - Monday, March 4th, 2019

  • PITCH DAY - Tuesday, March 19th, 2019

Round 2

  • Application Deadline - Sunday, May 19th, 2019

  • Semi-Finalists Notified - Monday, June 10th, 2019

  • PITCH DAY - Wednesday, June 19th, 2019


  • 2 finalists from Round 1 and 2 finalists from Round 2 advance to the final round

  • PITCH DAY - Thursday, September 12th, 2019

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Deadline: May 19, 2019

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