Doyenne 5x5x5

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

Every year, Doyenne 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.

2019 Event Timelines

Madison, Wisconsin

Timeline for Applicants for the August 28th event

  • 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

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Timeline for Applicants for the November 13th event

  • 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
  • Company cannot have already received funding through other sources within Doyenne

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

Application

To access the 2019 Doyenne 5x5x5 application click the button below

  • Madison 5x5x5 Open May 20-June 14
  • Milwaukee 5x5x5 Open August 23-September 18
  • 5x5x5 Application

    Attend the Event

    August 28, 2019
    UW-Madison Grainger Hall, Plenary Room 1310
    8:30-10 AM

    Get Tickets

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

    November 13, 2019
    Cream City Labs
    3:30-5:00 PM

    Get Tickets

    Ticket registration closes on November 11th
    Walk-in registration is not allowed at the event!
    You must pre-register to attend

    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

    2019 Madison Presenters:

    2019 Milwaukee Presenters: