The company Women Who Tech, a non-profit founded in 2008, has announced the 10 finalists in its first ever Women Startup Challenge Europe. This challenge focuses on the fact that the current economy (and culture) makes it more difficult for women entrepreneurs to access capital , and intends to help early-stage women-led tech startups in Europe.
Because these companies focus on technology, they can easily have an international or global impact, attending to needs like artificial limb creation , to personal identification for everyone , better headphones , finding lost children , etc. Each of the ten companies has a different focus on how they can change the world, and Women Who Tech wants to try and help them get ahead.
The winner of the Challenge will receive €50,000 cash (courtesy of the Craig Newmark Philanthropic Fund) and $210,000 in IBM cloud services. The final pitch will be on Wednesday May 3rd in the City Hall in London. The judges include founder of Doteveyone, Baroness Martha Lane Fox; co-founder of Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales, CEO of auFeminin.com; Marie-Laure Sauty de Chalon; and founder of Enternships.com and CEO of Learnerbly, Rajeeb Dey.
See the contest information here: http://www.womenwhotech.com/