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Next week sees the annual TheNextWomen Innovation Summit: an event aimed at promoting female entrepreneurship and the creation of an ecosystem of innovative women. The keynote speaker is none other than Neelie Kroes. The good news is that it is almost fully booked.

The Global Pitch Competition at the We Own It SummitThe NextWomen Editorial Assistant Alyssa Davison reviews the Global Pitch Competition at the We Own It Summit, organised by Astia and The NextWomen.

Dare I proclaim that, with two events under my belt, I am well on my way to becoming a pitch veteran? The most recent event I attended, The Global Pitch Competition at the fourth annual We Own It Summit, really opened my eyes to how powerful a polished presentation can be. Read on to find out why...

Some context about the event itself: the Global Pitch Competition was the main event of the 2013 We Own It Summit, organised by Astia and The NextWomen. Competing for a cash prize of £20,000 (provided by the sponsors Technology Strategy Board, Microsoft and Astia Angel) five finalists had been selected to pitch their business models in front of six judges.

Jon Reynolds, Co-Founder & CEO, SwiftkeyThe NextWomen Europe Theme

Jon Reynolds is the Co-Founder & CEO of SwiftKey, the award-winning language technology company. He was named ‘Young Tech Entrepreneur of the Year’ (2013) at the Europioneers, and also achieved Highly Commended for ‘Young Entrepreneur of the Year’ at the London Loves Excellence Awards.

Jon co-founded SwiftKey in 2008, aged just 22. It is now a globally successful company with a staff of 100. 

SwiftKey’s keyboard was the best-selling paid app on Google Play in 2012 and has been No 1 in over 50 countries. The company’s software is also preinstalled on tens of millions of mobile devices. It uses advanced natural language processing (NLP) to learn from each user and accurately predict their next word. SwiftKey has won a GSMA Award and a publicly-voted Webby and the company was recently ranked the 6th most innovative mobile business in the world by Fast Company.

Dale Murray, who regularly appears on the panel of investors at The NextWomen Pitch Events, was last month awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. The 2011 Angel Investor of the Year received the honour in recognition for her services to British business, where she had a major impact on the UK’s telecommunication industry.

Dale is a successful entrepreneur, award-winning British business angel investor and experienced non-executive board director. She co-founded British mobile pioneer Omega Logic in 1999 and launched pre-pay mobile “top-ups”. She built top-ups to £88m (generating annual revenue of £7m) within three years of founding the business, and then sold to a privately held company, Eposs Ltd. She then became Eposs’s CEO, sold the group to First Data Corporation, and built top-ups to £450m (generating annual revenue of £25m) within another three years.

SEaB Energy Scoops £22k Prize Money From Winning The First Annual Global Pitch Competition  organized by The Next Women and Astia, on the occasion of the WeOwnitSummit.

SEaB Energy were crowned the winners for the first annual Global Pitch Competition, organized and presented byThe NextWomen and Astia at the We Own It Summit in London on Thursday and secured a cash prize of £22k from sponsors Technology Strategy Board, Microsoft and Astia Angel. 

Sallie KrawcheckWe are very happy to be partner of the Fourth Annual We Own It Summit, which is returning to London on June 27-28 to highlight and explore women’s participation in high-growth enterprises.

Respected names such as Sallie Krawcheck, Helena Morrissey, Nicola Horlick, Ruth Owades and Janneke Niessen will offer keynotes and, moreover, VC Awards & Global Pitch Winners will be announced.


Tickets can be bought here through WeOwnitSummit.

The NextWomen and Astia are hosting the Global Pitch Competition in collaboration with the 2013 We Own It Summit June 27-28 in London.

In this interview Heather Boggini of PSDNetwork asks Simone for an overview of the pitch competition including who should apply; what to expect; and how each applicant and finalist benefits from the competition.

Kate Jackson, Founder & CEO at TableCrowd was given the Best Pitch award at The NextWomen's London Pitch Event last night.

TableCrowd is a real life social network where you can meet people over food for business networking, common interests, romance or friendship.

Astia and The NextWomen present the 2013 Global Pitch Competition in collaboration with the 2013 We Own It Summit.

This annual event seeks to showcase the most promising woman-led companies from around the world and will invite finalists to compete for cash prizes, global visibility and the chance to pitch in front of an international audience at the Fourth Annual We Own It Summit in London on June 27.

Applications are open until New Date: June 1, 2013! Click here to apply.

The Women in Business Awards Ceremony 2012The Women in Business Challenge 2013, the fourth edition of the online competition that assists women entrepreneurs from Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America, is now open to applications.

The competition – organized by BiD Network, in partnership with ING and ICCO and with The NextWomen as media partner - aims to help aspiring women starting and growing their business 

Women entrepreneurs face significant structural and cultural barriers when starting and growing a business. This business plan competition aims to address the problems of underinvestment and increase the number of opportunities for female entrepreneurs in emerging markets. Empowering women entrepreneurs through coaching services, tools and investor connections to progress their business to the next level, is the main focus of The Women in Business Challenge.