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This week at Startup Weekend, we have thought leadership about our first 100% women Startup Weekend event and some contest opportunities to share.

Encouraging Female Entrepreneurs: One Event’s Unique Approach— Huffington Post

On April 18-20, Startup Weekend held its first 100% women Startup Weekend event with all women participants, coaches, organizers, and facilitators. In the Huffington Post, facilitator  Marion Desmazières  discusses some of the issues the team explored while preparing the event: was segregation the right move and would women be drawn to it? She also writes of the results and impact the event had on the women. To read more, click on this link for the article. 


Competitions for Startup Entrepreneurs:

This week, we tweeted about a number of upcoming competitions and events that are excellent opportunities for entrepreneurs:

We Own It Summit, London, UK: A summit of leaders to explore women’s participation in high-growth businesses and identify solutions to move us forward. Event takes place from June 27th to 28th.

White House Champions of Change, Washington D.C.: Now taking applications for outstanding immigrant inventors and entrepreneurs to be honored at the White House. Nomination deadline: May 12th,

SXSW 2013 V2Venture, Las Vegas, NV: Two-day pitch event helping participants polish their elevator pitches, build brand awareness, and receive media exposire. Application deadline: May 31st. Event takes place from April 13th to 14th.

We’re Hiring:

Startup Weekend is currently hiring for a world-class Lead Designer and Web Developer. Want to apply or let someone else know about the opportunity? Please visit us on our jobs page.