Doyenne 5x5x5

5 Women-led businesses, 5 minutes to pitch and one receives a $5,000 grant

Each year Doyenne Group opens the application for women-led businesses based in Wisconsin, in all industries, to apply to pitch their business during various Entrepreneurial Festivals held in cities across Wisconsin for a chance to be awarded a $5,000 Seed Grant. Businesses can be at all stages of the startup phase.

This grant is separate dollars than the Doyenne Evergreen Fund. Some criteria is different than what we require to apply for funding through the Evergreen Fund.

Timeline & Requirements

Timeline for Applicants for the August 28th event held in Madison, Wisconsin

  • Applications taken from May 20 – June 14
  • Presenters publicly announced on Tuesday, July 15
  • Presenters must attend two informational pitch practice sessions. Dates will be sent to presenters once confirmed

Timeline for Applicants for the November 13th event held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

  • Applications taken from August 23 – September 18
  • Presenters publicly announced on Wednesday, October 2
  • Presenters must attend two informational pitch practice sessions. Dates will be sent to presenters once confirmed

Requirements for Applicants

  • Wisconsin registered venture
  • Majority of shares owned by a woman or women co-founders
  • Venture is scalable to a regional, national, or international market (do not need to be at this stage to submit, but must be able to show scalability plan)
  • Must have evidence showing how the $5,000 will benefit venture
  • Venture shows innovation within its industry

5x5x5 Information Session

We’re hosting a virtual meeting to learn more about the 5x5x5 and application process on Wednesday, September 4th at 1 PM
Anyone is welcome to register to attend this call

5x5x5 Info Session


To access the Doyenne 5x5x5 application click the button below

  • The 2019 Madison 5x5x5 event application is closed
  • The Milwaukee 5x5x5 event application will be open
    August 23rd – September 18th, 2019
  • 5x5x5 Application


    August 28, 2019
    UW-Madison Grainger Hall
    8:30-10 AM

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    Ticket registration closes on August 27st
    Walk-in registration is welcome at the event!

    Presenters to be Announced July 15

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    Past Presenters

    2014 PRESENTERS:

    2016 PRESENTERS:

    2018 Presenters:

    • Source Rite
    • Divine Scents
    • Yes LMS – Grant Awardee
    • Simplicity and Luxury for You
    • Disruptive Productions

    2015 PRESENTERS:

    2017 Presenters:

    • Classmunity
    • Lifebook
    • Pathogenomica – Grant Awardee
    • Pussyfoot Tape
    • Stimmi