START-UP WOMEN'S CUP

1.2.2019 - 30.4.2019


There are more than 33 million entrepreneurs in the EU but only 31% are women, and the growth rate is stagnating. Entrepreneurial activities are still hampered by gender-specific constraints, such as cultural norms, unequal employment opportunities, and restricted access to finance and business networks. We want you to tackle these societal challenges and transform them into opportunities for innovation and growth!

 

If you want to start or you have already started on your path of social entrepreneurship, Start-up Women's Cup might be something you might want to consider! 

 

The START UP WOMEN'S CUP is a European contest born in the framework of Hillary project, a co-funded project under the Erasmus Plus Program aimed at foster female entrepreneurship on the crowd-sourcing platform Babele. Read more on how you can apply!

 


Enter the competition


  1. WHO CAN PARTICIPATE? 
  • Students and graduates in universities in humanities, social science and education;  

You can present your business model as a group or as a single entrepreneur; if you are a group, at least half of the team (50%) must be represented by females (self-declared); while if you are a single entrepreneur than you must be a female;

 

Participants need to be based or studing in Italy, Norway, Romania, The Netherlands, Spain, United Kingdom and Lithuania.

 

Basis of the contest:

In order to participate you need to:  

 

  • Register in the Hillary community here, create your profile and your project;
  • Build up your team (if you are more than one person), each team has a leader and she must be a female; 
  • Complete ALL of the business model with an innovative social idea following the online course that will help you to develop your business idea STEP-BY-STEP; 
  • Once you have completed the business model, fill in the Feedback Online Questionnaire and state that you want to participate into the START-UP WOMAN CUP; 
  • Attend the START-UP WOMAN CUP EVENT organized in your country to pitch your idea. Non-winners participants will get at the event the Certificate of Participation and the chance to meet like-minded colleagues; 
  • Availability to travel to the Netherlands for the EUROPEAN CUP on the 20/21 June 2019! 

 

      2. CUP Period: 

 

Competition will be open from 01/02/2019 till the 30/04/2019. Application submitted after the deadline will not be taken into consideration.

 

From February to April, applications are open in English (you have 3 months to develop it);

March and April also into national language* (you have 2 months to do it).

 

*You can develop your business idea in English or your national language (Italian, Norwegian, Romanian, Dutch, Spanish and Lithuanian);

 

      3. Evaluation Process:

 

National evaluation process and criteria

During May 2019, a jury made of experts will evaluate project according to the following Award Criteria at national level. Jury is made up of national expert on social innovation, entrepreneurship and woman entrepreneurs.

 

Quality of their own project (80%):

  • Development readiness: The applicant must have had a clear presentation of the project through the Hillary canvas (25%)
  • Commitment: applicants must have made reasonable steps to define their idea. There are coherence between each part of the Hillary canvas (25%)
  • Feasibility & cost: (25%)
  • Social Innovation: Potential social impact (25%)

Engaging external advisers, mentors (20%): 

  • Frequency (50%)%
  • Quality (50%)

The award will be given during the national multiplier event. Participants to the contest must be present at the event, otherwise they cannot win the prize. The 3 best projects have the possibility of make a 5 minutes pitch (which will be recorded).

 

European evaluation process and criteria

The winners of each national competition will beeligible for the European award. The jury for the European award is made up of the partners of the consortium, and will meet at the end of May to choose the winner of the European Competition.

 

The selection criterias are:  

 

Quality of their own project (40%):

  • Development readiness: The applicant must have had a clear presentation of the project through the Hillary canvas 25%
  • Commitment: applicants must have made reasonable steps to define their idea. There are coherence between each part of the Hillary canvas (25%)
  • Feasibility & cost: 25%
  • Social Innovation: Potential social impact 25%

Quality of the pitch presentation (40%):

  • A pitch presentations (30%)
  • Questions from the jury (10%)

Engaging external advisers, mentors (20%):

  • Frequency (50%)
  • Quality (50%)

 

 Prizes will be disclosed by the national partners in their language section.

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