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This week at Startup Weekend: Contest opportunities, alumni updates and an infographic… plus, we’re hiring!  

Enter to pitch your startup at the ‘We Own It’ Summit in London this June! 

Astia and The Next Women are seeking the most promising high-growth women-led companies from around the world to present on stage at the We Own It Summit Global Pitch Competition in London on June 27th in front of an audience of preeminent venture capitalists and global investors at the summit. Compete for global visibility, a cash prize and unequaled promotion and networking opportunities. Sponsored by Technology Strategy Board along with Astia Angel, Gust and Startup Weekend.

The top 20 finalists will be invited to attend the summit, participate in discussion salons lead by prominent players in the funding and entrepreneurship space, and network with investors and industry experts. The top 5 will be invited to pitch at the summit. Deadline June 1st!

To learn more and to apply, click here.


SW Team ‘Dropifi’ Tacks on Another Big Win: Acceptance into 500 Startups’ 6th Class

We’re excited to share that Dropifi, a smart widget that allows companies to better analyze incoming “contact us” messages, is amongst the sixth batch of companies to join the 500 Startups Accelerator Program.

“Being the first African startup to join a leading U.S. accelerator validates our idea and serves as a springboard for us to take giant leaps into helping businesses better interact with customers,” adds Osei. “We also see it as an inspiration for young African entrepreneurs and a signpost that, Africa is geared up to be the next economic frontier.”

Check out the infographic that shows the Dropify journey and read more about their acceptance into 500 Startups in Tech Crunch here.

Startup Weekend Announces Updated Judging Criteria for Events

We’ve recently updated our event judging criteria in an effort to be more balanced and highlight the technical, non-tech, and design aspects that are critical to a successful, dynamic team.  Judging criteria will now include four sections: Business Model, Customer Validation, Technical – Execution, and Design – Execution. After testing the new criteria out at several events this year, we’re confident it will boost the overall impact of events and help to better guide teams as they consider the different areas they should be focusing on in the hectic 54-hour time frame.

You can read more about the updated four-part criteria here.


We’re Hiring! Join the Startup Weekend family.  We’re currently hiring for a world-class Lead Designer and Web Developer. Want to apply or let someone else know about the opportunity? Please visit our jobs page. 

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