We Awarded Over $200,000 To Three Female Entrepreneurs

Calling all Girlbosses, ambitious entrepreneurs, creative innovators, and side-hustlers. We want to make your dream business come true.

Along with Uber, we’re giving away more than $200,000 to entrepreneurs and ideas-women who are ready to take their passion projects to the next level. Turn your idea into action. Make your business bigger and better. Welcome to UberPitch.  

It's Time To Rethink The Ratio

At Girlboss, we've always been a champion of women who go after the opportunities they believe in, despite any barriers that stand in their way. That's why we came together with Uber to launch Uber Pitch, a program awarding more than $200,000 in prize money to three rising-star entrepreneurs. The goal: Empower startups (or big ideas with big potential) by giving entrepreneurs the opportunity to enter to win financial support, mentorship, and the resources they need to level up.

The competition is officially closed, but scroll down to see our crowned winners and more resources on how to pitch your business. Then, join the conversation by sharing your entrepreneurship story or learnings and tag #RethinkTheRatio. When we can come together and share our biggest failures, more women will gain the confidence they need to get after it.

Submit your pitch
Submissions are open between October 9 and October 21, 2018.
*OFFICIAL RULES below

Time to rethink the ratio and start pitching

How You Enter

October 9th
Submissions open
  • Fill out easy application below
  • Create your business pitch deck (10 slides max)
  • Submit everything between October 9 and 21, 2018
October 21st
Submissions Close
October 30th
Five finalists will be notified and invited to Uber Pitch event at Girlboss Rally
November 17th & 18th
Uber Pitch event in NYC
  • Finalists will pitch their business to a panel of executive-level advisors
  • Winners will be announced live on day two of the Girlboss Rally.
Submit your pitch

The Uber Pitch Winners

Get to know the three winners that our board of advisors selected following their live pitches at the Girlboss Rally this November.

Grand Prize: $95K

Ashley Lamb-Sinclair
Founder & CEO, Curio Learning
Curio Learning is a resource-sharing collaboration tool and visual organizer for teachers to get more creative through discovery with other innovative teachers from around the world.

Second Prize: $65K

Bilyana Freye
Co-founder & CEO, Hoppin
Hoppin is a job shadowing marketplace that enables people to try different jobs and find a career they love.

Runner Up: $55K

Jamela Acheampong
Founder, Kahmune
Kahmune is the world's first luxury marketplace for skin tone footwear and accessories. All products come in 10 skin tone hues to provide all women a true nude option.

Uber @ Girlboss Rally

Take a sneak peek at how Uber supported attendees IRL from Startup Studio workshops to announcing Uber Pitch winners, and so much more!

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Advisory Board

Jen Rubio

Co-Founder and Chief Brand Officer, Away

Alli Webb

Entrepreneur, N.Y. Times Bestselling Author, and Founder of Drybar

Erika Decker

Global Head Brand Relevance Planning & Integration, Uber

Ita Ekpoudom

Partner, GingerBread Capital

Kathryn Finney

Founder and Managing Director, digitalundivided

Our advisory board of judges—comprised of five inspired and accomplished female entrepreneurs—will hear pitches from the top finalists at the Girlboss Rally and deliberate to select the winners. The advisors will also serve as mentors to the winners in the months following the competition.

Resources

Need help brushing up on your pitching skills? Check out some of our handy resources below, like advice from a venture capitalist on what she looks for in a pitch, and tips for building confidence before giving a speech.

Jump Start Podcast

Discover our new audio guide for budding business entrepreneurs we created in partnership with Uber. In each episode, you’ll learn from Away co-founder Jen Rubio who’s been through the venture capitalist gauntlet as she shares her experiences to better arm you for your own pitching endeavors. It's a can’t-miss resource for your business finesse and bottom line.

Jump Start

In this six-episode podcast, you’ll learn from pitching pro Jen Rubio of AWAY—who’s been through the venture capitalist gauntlet—as she shares her experiences to better arm you for your own business endeavors. Whether that means seeking angel investors for your genius startup idea or negotiating for the salary you want, this podcast is a can’t-miss resource for your business finesse and bottom line.

Meet Some Of Your Fellow Hustle Heroes

Draw inspiration from some incredible women doing their thing, their way.
Nephresha Singletary
Certified Health Coach
Uber Driver-Partner
Nephresha.com
Zena Moses
Singer
Uber Driver-Partner
Reverbnation.com/Ruefiya
Cole Harmonson
Founder & CEO, Shoosh
Uber Driver-Partner
GetShoosh.com
Adrianna Steward
Founder, Purpose Fulfilled
Uber Driver-Partner
Purposeff.com
Alana Branston
Co-Founder & CEO, Bulletin
Bulletin.co
Lisa Skeete Tatum
Founder & CEO, Landit
landit.com
Morgan Debaun
Founder & CEO of Blavity
blavity.com
Reshma Chattaram Chamberlin
Co-founder, Chief Brand & Digital Officer, Summersalt
summersalt.com

Learn More IRL

Join us at the Girlboss Rally this November in New York. To catch Uber Pitch in action, pick up your Girlboss Rally tickets now.
Attend a Startup Studio workshop
Catch A Ride to the Rally Courtesy of Uber
So Much More...
Register for the Rally

FAQs

What if I already have a business idea? Am I eligible to enter?

You sure are. Uber Pitch funds are open to either pre-existing businesses and new business ideas. All entries must answer the required questions and submit a business pitch deck.

What criteria do you use to judge the winners?

The executive-level advisors will choose the winners based on the following criteria, broken out by percentages below:

Are there any age restrictions for Uber Pitch?

Applicants must be 18 years or older by the end of the submission period.

Will it cost me anything to enter?

Nope. You just need to put in the time.

Can I enter more than once?

You can only apply to Uber Pitch once, so make sure you put your strongest idea forward.

What if I missed the closing date? Can I submit late?

Unfortunately, we can’t accept any late entries. Submissions closed on October 21 at 11:59:59 p.m. PST.

When will the finalists be notified?

October 29-30

Is the competition open to non-US businesses?

The competition is only open to US residents void in Hawaii, Alaska, and Puerto Rico.

Is there anything I should know about accepting prize money?

The prize must be used towards bona fide business expenses. If a prize is awarded for a business idea or plan submitted by a team that has not incorporated their business, the prize will be awarded solely to the designated team captain, who will be responsible for the payment of all income or other taxes associated with the prize.

Have more questions?

Check out the Official Rules for all the terms, conditions, eligibility guidelines, prize details, and more.