Doyenne Group 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 Madison’s Forward Festival, for a chance to be awarded a $5,000 Seed Grant. Businesses can be all levels of startup phase.


August 24, 2017
UW-Madison Grainger Hall
8:30-10 AM

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Timeline & Requirements

Timeline for Applicants

  • Applications taken from May 1st – June 4
  • Presenters publicly announced on Monday, June 19th, 2017.
  • Presenters must attend two informational pitch sessions.

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

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