Female Founders Challenge

A Platform for Women in Tech to Showcase Their Solutions to the World

About the Challenge

93% of all funds raised by European VC-backed companies went to all-male founding teams in 2018 (source: The underrepresentation of women in tech has to change. Since 2017, Unbound has been boosting female representation and inspiring women in tech globally.

Five leading female entrepreneurs will take to the Main Stage and pitch their business to a panel of smart investors, industry-leading innovators and serial entrepreneurs. Do you have what it takes to be one of them?

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The Benefits

Smart Investors  

Smart Investors

  • Pitch to Investors
  • Networking
Industry-leading Innovators

Industry-leading Innovators

  • Startup Battles
  • Innovation Challenges
A Truly Global Platform

A Truly Global Platform

  • Brand awareness
  • International Opportunities


  • Mentor hours
  • Urban experience 
  • Other founders

Have You Got What It Takes?

More Benefits

  • Pitch on the Main Stage to an audience of industry-leading innovators and smart investors.

  • Female Founders will join the Unbound50 and be featured on the Unbound website and in the festival brochure.

  • Female Founders companies will receive a 1m x 1m booth to exhibit (worth £750).

  • Female Founders companies receive 4 free tickets to Unbound London (worth £450 per ticket).

  • Female Founders will be invited to join the Unbound50 global network and be kept up to date on future opportunities.

Selection Criteria

  • The business must be founded by at least one female who will pitch.

  • The business must be looking to raise investment.

  • The team has a clear ability to deliver (market experience, technical ability, etc.) 

  • The market problem is compelling while demonstrating a clear market opportunity 

  • Evidence of traction indicators, whether financial or other (e.g. subscribers, waiting list, letters of interest etc.) 

  • Indicates a considered business model 

  • Suggests a unique idea with a clear value proposition 

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Any Questions?


What if I'm interested in more than one opportunity?

That's awesome! Unbound wants to support ambitious emerging and scaling businesses as much as possible. That's why, when you apply, you can specify multiple opportunities of interest. However, if you apply for a corporate sponsored activity, this might limit your ability to participate or be considered for opportunities such as the Unbound50. If you're unsure, don't hesitate to get in touch.

I've made my application, what's next?

Thanks for your application. We don't currently send a confirmation of your application, if you're unsure it has been submitted please don't hesitate to get in touch. We review all applications periodically before applications close. If we like the look of your application, we'll get in touch to let you know you've been selected and set up a call.

Will I hear from you if I'm unsuccessful?

Unfortunately we don't currently get in touch with unsuccessful applicants.

Can you help us secure visas?

In certain instances we may offer invitations to aid your visa, but this is not something we will actively provide and certainly not as a guarantee.

Can you help with travel and accommodation?

The arrangement of travel and accommodation isn't something we can help with. Certain opportunities might allow us to provide a stipend towards travel and accommodation, but only when this is clearly advertised. In instance that it is, you will have to incur the expense yourself and then submit your invoice and receipts to us as evidence.

What's the basic criteria?

For the Female Founders Challenge, your business must be founded by at least one female who will also pitch. The Startup Ecosystem team will review you application based on the following, basic criteria: Your team has a clear ability to deliver (market experience, technical ability, etc.). The market problem your business is addressing is compelling while demonstrating a clear market opportunity. You give evidence of traction indicators, whether financial or other (e.g. subscribers, waiting list, letters of interest etc.) and your application indicates a considered business model, finally we want to be sure your business suggests a unique idea with a clear value proposition.

Is it completely free if my business is selected?

For the Female Founders Challenge, most costs are covered by Unbound. However, each business will be responsible for their own travel, accommodation and subsistence while attending the event.

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