FEMALE FOUNDERS PITCH OFF 2021 RECAP

The Yale Angels Pitch Off for female and historically under-represented founders occurred virtually on October 26, 2021, and was sponsored by the Yale Office of Development.

WINNER, RUNNERUP, & FINALISTS

WINNER ($10,000 prize): 

Jawsaver - Smart Biofeedback for Teeth Grinding - Selina Tirtajana MPH ‘11

RUNNERUP:

Diversiboard - Eleanor Brown JD ‘99

FINALISTS:

Advasys Inc - Hedi Katz - MPPM ‘93

LIV Labs - Melody Roberts - BA ‘90

WovX - Veenu King - MEM ‘22

JUDGES

We were thrilled to feature an outstanding roster of guest judges:

YALE ALUMNI THAT MADE THIS EVENT POSSIBLE

Next, we tapped seasoned Yale alumni investors to help us recruit reviewers, provide independent review of submissions, and minimize bias in the process. We also enlisted outside help from HearstLab, a friend of Accelerate Yale, to provide additional female reviewers. 


The Yalies who assisted in reviews and/or securing additional reviewers included: 

Several Yale alumni offered valuable pro bono services to the five finalists. They included:

SPONSORS

​This pitch off was sponsored by the Yale Office of Development. The following alumni groups co-sponsored the event, publicizing the competition and actively encouraging submissions from their communities: 

  • YaleWomen

  • Yale Black Alumni Association (YBAA)

  • Yale Latino Alumni Network (YLAN)

  • Association of Asian American Yale Alumni (AAAYA)

  • Yale GALA - Yale University Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Trans Alumni Network

WATCH THE EVENT REPLAY

The event replay can be viewed on the Accelerate Yale YouTube channel here.