EntrepreneuHER is the world's largest annual all-female STEM & Entrepreneurship makeathon started as a partnership between 501(c)3 non-profits, GirlTechBoss & FontFemme. EntrepreneuHER was founded with a mission to empower female-identifying & non-binary high school and college students to explore the field of entrepreneurship. This event features keynotes from distinguished female founders, mentorship, and interactive workshops, where attendees will collaborate to develop their own startup ideas.
Over the course of the makeathon, students will form teams and develop their own initiatives. The event will culminate in Pitch Night where students will pitch their solution via video submission and receive feedback from industry experts in the judging process. If you are interested in or currently pursuing entrepreneurship, this is YOUR chance to learn from industry professionals, build your entrepreneurial skill, and grow your network with like-minded students!
WHAT IS A MAKEATHON?
For EntrepreneuHER's exciting lineup of distinguished speakers, esteemed founders and CEOs, panelists, and students from Stanford, Yale, Columbia, and UPenn who are hosting keynotes and workshops in ideation, python & data analysis, branding, prototyping, pitching, iOS development, and more! Last year, we hosted speakers from Apple, Goldman Sachs, TEDx, AT&T, Stanford, UPenn, Columbia, Yale, and more!
Why should I attend EntrepreneuHER?
We encourage all those who identify as female or non-binary and are interested exploring tech and entrepreneurship to participate in the EntrepreneuHER makeathon!
Am I eligible?
YES! Every year, our team members carefully choose prizes that will be awarded to overall top teams and superlative winners in many different categories (every team member receives their own). In past years, we have awarded Airpod Pros, Tory Burch Handbags, HyperX Gear, Instax Printers, EntrepreneuHER merch, and much more!
Are there prizes?
Yes. There is a new theme/challenge that is announced in the opening ceremony of the annual makeathon.
We want to keep the challenge broad enough so that you have the opportunity to explore different areas of the intersection between entrepreneurship and technology. We encourage you to think outside the box, and we commend people who think of very unique ideas that solve a wide range of issues relating to the theme. You may take the challenge in whatever direction you desire, so don't hesitate to try something new!
2020 Challenge: COVID-19
2021 Challenge: Connecting for Social Good
Is there a theme to what we create?
Every year, we invite industry experts in technology and entrepreneurship to judge your pitches.
Who are the judges?
Judges are not looking for a completely polished and fully functional product; instead, they look for innovative ideas and well thought-out plans that solve a problem.
Having a fully functional and polished product is definitely a boost to your pitch; however, it is not the main aspect that the judges are looking for when judging.
Examples of how you can create a demo without a fully fledged product:
Figma wireframe or prototype
Website builder (Wix, etc.)
Flow chart (The process of how your project would work)
Partially coded project (Does not have full functionalities, but demonstrates how it the functionality would be used)
Your project should provide a solution to a problem that IS a real problem
Your team should demonstrate how your project can make an impact on your problem
Innovative but Realistic Solution
We encourage you to think outside of the box, however, your project must also be realistic so that it would actually function properly in the real-world
Address any potential flaws in your project or potential negative impacts that your project may have and propose how they can be prevented or minimized
Judges are also looking for innovative or "out-of-the-box" ideas that are unique to the market
Visuals used in the project and pitch are presented in a professional way that is easy to follow and understand
Team members who are speaking in the video should speak clearly and concisely
Should use professional language and avoid adding unecessary information
Also, try to make your presentation as engaging as possible through video editing, visuals, audio, and/or etc.
Judges love videos that are fun, unique, and creative!
What are the judges looking for?
We require teams of 4 to be eligible to compete in the makeathon. If you are currently alone or in a pair, we encourage you to refer to the question below to learn more about joining a team or recruiting more team members! This is a networking event, so you will. benefit the most if you actively try to connect with others!
Can I complete by myself or in a pair?
Join the EntrepreneuHER slack community at https://bit.ly/entrepreneuher_joinslack to interact with EntrepreneuHER attendees and stay updated on the event!
Where can I reach out to other EntrepreneuHER attendees?
EntrepreneuHER is a partnership annual makeathon between year-running organizations GirlTechBoss and Font Femme. Join the GirlTechBoss newletter and slack community for more updates on events and opportunities throughout the year!
How can I get involved in more opportunities like EntrepreneuHER?
All workshops, keynotes, panels, and announcement sessions will be recorded and sent t all of our participants following the event as well as posted on our official website.
What if I cannot make all the workshops/keynotes/meeting sessions?
ABSOLUTELY NOT! You can attend the makeathon just to attend the keynotes, workshops, and panels with our lineup of distinguished speakers, esteemed founders and CEOs, panelists, and students from Stanford, Yale, Columbia, and UPenn. Even if you don't submit a project, your experience attending EntrepreneuHER 2021 will not be any less exciting!
Do I have to compete in the challenge portion of the makeathon?
Yes! The zoom will be live-streamed on Youtube, accessible to the public! The live-stream will then be saved for viewers to access in the future as well.
I do not identify as female or non-binary. Can I still learn?
Yes, we will be sending out a certificate of completion to all of our attendees following our makeathon that you are free to share on your LinkedIn or any other social platform! Our makeathon winners will be a awarded special certificates displaying the award they won!
Will I get a certificate or statement made after attending the makeathon?
Yes! Feel free to post and/or list yourself as an attendee and how you participated in the event. If you won any awards/prizes you may of course speak about that. Follow the EntrepreneuHER LinkedIn page to stay connected!
Can I add EntrepreneuHER to my LinkedIn?
EntrepreneuHER (including organizations: GirlTechBoss and Font Femme) is committed to diversity, equity and inclusivity. We believe that every single person has the right to hack in a safe and welcoming environment that fosters open dialogue and the free expression of ideas, free of harassment, discrimination, and hostile conduct. We recognize a shared responsibility to create and maintain that environment for the benefit of all.
Harassment includes but is not limited to offensive verbal or written comments related to gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.
If what you’re doing is making someone feel uncomfortable, that counts as harassment and is enough reason to stop doing it. Participants asked to stop any harassing behaviour are expected to comply immediately. Sponsors, judges, mentors, volunteers, organizers, EntrepreneuHER team and anyone else at the event are also subject to the anti-harassment policy. In particular, attendees should not use sexualized images, activities, or other material both in their hacks and during the event. Booth staff (including volunteers) should not use sexualized clothing/uniforms/costumes, or otherwise create a sexualized environment. If a participant engages in harassing behaviour, EntrepreneuHER 2021 may take any action UBH deems appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the event with no eligibility for reimbursement or refund of any type. If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of hackathon staff immediately. Makeathon staff will be happy to help participants contact any local security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the hackathon. We value your attendance.
EntrepreneuHER 2021 Leadership reserves the right to revoke any enrolments for any reason. Without limiting the foregoing, EntrepreneuHER 2021 Leadership reserves the right to remove you from the Event if EntrepreneuHER 2021 Leadership determines in its sole discretion that you are: (i) violating the spirit or intention of the Event; (ii) are acting in a manner that interferes with the enjoyment of others attending the Event; and/or (iii) you are found breaking, or to have broken, any applicable law.