In December, we hosted our first Google Demo Day specifically for startups with female founders in San Francisco, CA. The event featured 11 female-led startups, representing incredible innovation from around the world, spanning a variety of industries.
The purpose of our Demo Day is to showcase these companies to Silicon Valley investors and drive awareness of (and investment in!) these high-growth companies. 11 startups each gave 4 minute pitches to a packed house of investors and community leaders. Check out the Youtube video of the event, or skip here to watch the exciting last 5 minutes announcing the winners!
The Judge's Favorite
Our judges' panel featured Christine Tsai (500 Startups), Charles Hudson (Precursor Ventures), and Sharon Vosmek (Astia) . At the conclusion of the pitches, the judges agreed on a "Judges' Favorite”: Bridgit, co-founded by Mallorie Brodie and Lauren Hasegawa of Waterloo, Ontario. Nominated to pitch at Demo Day by GFE Partner Communitech, Bridgit is a mobile and web communication platform for construction teams. Over a billion dollars of construction projects have been managed through the platform and their client list has been growing 20%+ month-over-month. Fun fact: the new Google Waterloo office was built using their platform.
The Game Changer
The event was live streamed to watch parties around the world. In person attendees and online viewers voted for a people's' choice "Game Changer" Award, selecting the company that has the greatest potential to disrupt their industry. The people spoke, crowning Kichink of Mexico City, Mexico.
Update from April's Demo Day Winner
Tatiana Birgisson, Durham-based beverage entrepreneur from our Tech Hub partner American Underground shared an update about MATI Energy’s progress. Since taking home the trophy at the Demo Day in April, MATI has been highlighted national and international press, which has been incredibly influential in raising over $1 million in funding. With this support, MATI was able to introduced pasteurized cans that don’t need to be refrigerated, allowing them to sell online and in more stores. In February, MATI will be opening their own manufacturing facility that will produce over 1 million cans per month and will also be the first craft soda and manufacturing facility in the US. Watch the full update here.