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Teddle Co-Founder Alex Depledge looks back at raising investment for her business and shares her top ten tips for finding an investor.

I use to nod sympathetically when I spoke to other founders who had spent months raising money, secretly thinking arrogantly that it wouldn't be us. We only had a 6-month survival window that we could keep Teddle afloat without investment so it couldn't possibly take longer than that. It did. Double in fact.

After earning her Stanford MBA in 1983, Heidi Roizen co-founded T/Maker, a personal computer company, on a leap of faith.  She was one of only a handful of women tech entrepreneurs at the time.

Following a successful exit, she served as VP of Worldwide Developer Relations at Apple, and then entered the venture world as Managing Director of Mobius Venture Capital in 1999.

She was elected to the Board of Directors at London-based global media company, DMGT, in 2012, making her the first female director in the company's 116-year history.

She is now a venture partner at Draper Fisher Jurvetson.

MaryAnn was a publishing executive before becoming an entrepreneurMaryAnn Bekkedahl is the co-founder and president of New York-based Keep Holdings, a Wall Street Journal Top 50 startup that has raised $43 million in Series A funding. Keep Holdings operates three web services focusing on email management, ecommerce, and advertising.

Formerly, as the EVP, Group Publisher of Rodale, MaryAnn ran advertising sales for all media at Rodale Inc., the leading global magazine and website publisher in health and fitness content. MaryAnn was named Adweek Media’s “Publishing Executive of the Year” in 2009. She has earned spots for her brands on the prestigious and highly coveted trade lists including AdWeek’s Hot List, and Advertising Age’s A-List.

min magazine named MaryAnn one of the “Most Intriguing People” of 2004, Gotham magazine named her one of its “40 Under 40” in 2003, and Advertising Age named her a “Woman to Watch” in 2003. 

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. 

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.

Spring was in the air at last month's Own It Ventures Conference and Pitch Expo at the City University of NY (CUNY) Graduate Center. The ground floor of the building was bustling at 8am with a busy yet inviting atmosphere. Over 200 women filled the center, all entrepreneurs eager to trade their start-up stories and secrets to success.

The day began with opening remarks by Own It Ventures Founder Melissa Cloeter and Julie Pilas, owner of The Elephant Nose Pet Store and the reigning Product Pitch Tank champ.

Taking to my reporter-for-a-day role, I made it a point to visit as many “pitch rooms” as I could. The judges in the Media pitch room were three women representing leading news outlets USA Today, Forbes and the Huffington Post. Laura Petrecca,  USA Today Deputy Bureau Chief and Reporter, had mentioned that she was expecting to see a variety of women at various stages in their startups. Following up with Laura after the event, her response was both positive and inspired, “I walked away once again reminded of how creative entrepreneurs can be. It was also amazing to see that great ideas came from women of all ages.  If someone has a viable idea – and the passion to pursue it – age shouldn’t be a deterrent.”

The NextWomen are running a Pitch Evening with Investors on April 30 2013 in London, hosted by our UK Editor Maila Reeves (pictured). This event, sponsored by Orrick, aims to support women-led businesses prepare and practice their investment pitches with a real panel of investors.    

The event will give women founders with little or no experience in fundraising a first review of their business plan by the experienced investors on the judging panel, gaining invaluable insights and feedback.

Up to 6 women-led startups will participate in an afternoon workshop to prepare for the evening pitches. Up to 20 guests will further join the event at 6pm.

Investor Panel Judges will listen to the pitches and take turns to ask questions and provide short feedback to each Pitchpreneur and convene with fellow judges to choose a winner.

For over ten years, United States based Springboard Enterprises has promoted and supported women entrepreneurs who want to grow their companies BIG. “'We know that entrepreneurs often have a very short time to attract the attention of those strategic connections that can catapult their businesses forward.'”

“'We believe in most cases it's about how you pitch and who you meet.'”

Springboard's record is impressive with over 500 women participating in accelerator programs, generating billions of dollars in annual revenue, creating thousands of new jobs, and....