The work of Women Founders Foundation builds upon the Junior Judge program of the Women Founders Network Fast Pitch, a yearly competition in Los Angeles for women entrepreneurs. Since 2014, the program has educated more than 50 teen and preteen girls from across the country about entrepreneurship through interactive online reading assignments, workshops teaching the fundamentals of business, and their participation in the annual WFN Fast Pitch Event as “venture capitalists for a day” to vote for their favorite company and present a sponsored cash award to their winner.

The Junior Judges walk away from the experience feeling confident, inspired, and motivated, knowing there is a strong community of women available to support them in achieving their goals.

We are excited to kick off our program for 2018. Girls in grades 6-12 are encouraged to apply. (Applicants should be in 6th grade as of the 2017-2018 school year.)

The application period for 2018 is now closed.

To learn more about the Women Founders Network, including information about the annual Fast Pitch competition, please visit https://www.womenfoundersnetwork.com/.

Important Dates in 2018

Girls selected to participate in the 2018 Junior Judge program will be expected to attend as many of the following events as possible:

July 24, 4:30-7:30pm – Women Founders Network (WFN) “Meet the Top 10 Fast Pitch Finalists” at Microsoft, Playa Vista: Junior Judges will be introduced to the program and meet with some of the Fast Pitch finalists to learn more about their companies.

July 31, 5:30-6:30pm – Video Conference Call with Tiana Sanchez, Author, Speaker, and Trainer

August 10, 12:00pm-2:30pm – Meet the CEO: Daina Trout of Health-Ade Kombucha in Torrance: Visit Health-Ade Kombucha, tour their facilities, try some samples, and hear from co-founder Daina Trout about her mission to brew the best tasting and highest quality kombucha you can buy. Health-Ade is one of the fastest growing and top performing national brands in the marketplace. Lunch will be included.

September 15, 10:00am-2:30pm – Junior Judges Pre-pitch Workshop at CNSI at UCLA: Junior Judges for the upcoming WFN Fast Pitch Competition and last year’s alumni will meet with women leaders and business-owners to learn about entrepreneurship and investment at California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI). The day will include lunch sponsored by CNSI and group discussions about the top 10 companies that will compete on October 16th in the Fast Pitch competition. By gaining a well-rounded overview of the key principles of developing and growing a successful business, Junior Judges will be able to make well informed decisions when casting their votes.

September 25, 5:30pm-7pm – Junior Judges attend panel discussion at United Talent Agency in Beverly Hills: Details TBA

October 16, 5:00-9:00pm – Women Founders Network Fast Pitch Event at CNSI at UCLA:  The Junior Judges will participate in the voting process as “venture capitalists for a day” to vote for their favorite Fast Pitch company and present a sponsored cash award to their winner. Girls will meet on-site before the event begins to review the company summaries and voting process.

There is a $50 participation fee due for each Junior Judge upon notification of acceptance into the program. If the fee is an obstacle to your participation, please note your interest in a need-based scholarship on the application.

Girls selected for the Junior Judge program will be notified via email by July 15, 2018.

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact us at womenfoundersfoundation@gmail.com.

The application period for 2018 is now closed.