What is Equalize Startups?

Equalize Startups is a pitch competition and platform for coaching and promoting women academic inventors as they navigate the startup ecosystem and gain valuable connections.
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Why do we need Equalize Startups?

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Only 2% of VC dollars invested in the U.S. go to companies solely founded by women.

(Source: Pitchbook – The VC female founders dashboard)

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Women account for less than 13% of U.S patent holders, though women make up half the workforce.

(Source: USPTO report–10/2022: Where are U.S. women patentees? Assessing three decades of growth.)

At the current pace, women inventors will not reach parity with men until 2061.

(Source: World Intellectual Property Organization report–2023: The Global Gender Gap in Innovation and Creativity.)

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What is an Equalizer?

An Equalizer is an academic woman innovator working on her entrepreneurial journey through the Equalize Program.

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How Does It Work?

The program provides mentorship, education, and business strategy review to academic women inventors—aka Equalizers.

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How to Become an Equalizer

Applications open in the fall. Selected Equalizers work with assigned mentors and compete in a pitch competition in June.

Meet Our Equalizers!

The 2024 Pitch day is June 20, 2024.

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