Project Entrepreneur Intensive recently took place in Midtown Manhattan. UBS and Rent The Runway Foundation partnered up to create a weekend that unites 200 female entrepreneurs from across the nation. The Intensive consisted of numerous informative workshops and mentorships sessions for female founders to connect, ask questions, get feedback, and perfect their pitching skills.
Highlights of the event included Arianna Huffington, Cofounder of The Huffington Post and Jennifer Hyman, CEO and Cofounder of Rent The Runway speaking to the captivated audience on what it means to be a female entrepreneur. Huffington and Hyman emphasized the importance of encouraging and supporting fellow female entrepreneurs, noting that cherishing in each others success is extremely important for the growing community of female entrepreneurs.
Huffington and Hyman’s speeches kicked off an extraordinary weekend for female entrepreneurs and the weekend culminated with a VC Pitching Competition. 12 companies were selected to pitch to a panel of VCs and the winning companies came away with a $10K grant and a space in Rent The Runway’s summer accelerator.
The 2018 winners were:
PathSpot Technologies – Christine Schindler (Cofounder & CEO)
PathSpot Technologies has the tools to revolutionize the food industry. PathSpot technology uses a platform that can scan employees hands for food borne illness in less than 2 seconds.
Entrada – Erin Janklow (Founder & CEO):
Entrada is an ESL system that allows industry employees to learn English in an intuitive and approachable way while they work.
Floss Bar – Eva Sadej (Cofounder & CEO)
Floss Bar is a mobile dentistry service that is making dental hygiene routine and affordable. It conveniently allows individuals to schedule appointments for nights and weekends. Think Drybar but for the dental industry.
Na Takallam – Aline Sara (Cofounder & CEO)
Na Takallam is using the Internet to take an active role in the Syrian refugee crisis. This platform enables refugees to make money by connecting them to Arabic students around the world. Refugees earn money by providing personalized, affordable language instruction to students via Skype.