a pitch event like no other

Doyenne's 5x5x5 pitch contest highlights women-led ventures from ALL business sectors, from initial launch through early growth stages

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5 women-led ventures, 5 minutes to pitch, one receives a $5,000 grant

Doyenne hosts our 5x5x5 event approximately twice a year. The funds we award help founders take the next leap towards success, and/or position the company for initial investment opportunities.

Want to learn more before applying? Register for an upcoming Informational Session or watch the recording of a recent 5x5x5 Informational Session to learn more.

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Pitch practice & coaching

All companies who are selected to present go through peer coaching pitch practices to formulate their venture's pitch and story. The relationships created through coaching sessions have been said to be more impactful than actually winning the grant by prior 5x5x5 competitors.

Timeline & Requirements

Timeline for Applicants

  • Application for the Forward Fest 2021 5x5x5 will open on June 1, 2021 and close on June 30, 2021.
  • The Summer 2021 5x5x5 will be held virtually on August 18 from 10:00-11:30 AM CDT.
  • Register for an upcoming Q&A Session to learn more and ask your questions
  • 5 applicants will be selected to present. Presenters will be publicly announced two weeks after application closes.

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
  • Venture cannot have received funding from Doyenne through other funding opportunities 
  • Applicants can re-apply for future events if they haven't won the event previously
  • Presenters must attend two informational pitch sessions - to be sent in email with selection notification
  • Presenters must agree to the Grant Agreement in order to receive the $5,000 grant. The agreement is sent to selected ventures upon selection for them to review before committing to being part of program

Grantee Demographics

The grants awarded through the Doyenne 5x5x5 program are separate dollars from the Doyenne Evergreen Fund and provided from fundraising efforts throughout the community.

The following demographic information has been obtained when founders submit for the event and represents all founders from ventures who have been received a 5x5x5 grant, not just the presenter.

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Past Presenters

2021 Presenters:

Forward Fest 2021:

Spring 2021:

2020 Presenters:



2019 presenters:





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


2015 Presenters:

  • BluDiagnostics - Grant Awardee

  • Square Harvest

  • The River House Group


A selection committee comprised of past 5x5x5 presenters volunteer their time to review and select the ventures who present at each event. Committee members review applications based on the requirements outlined in the Timeline & Requirements section above on this page.

Our current 5x5x5 selection committee demographics are:
Women - 100%
Black, Indigenous, Person of Color - 50%
Caucasian/White - 50%
LGBTQ+ - 17%

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