5x5x5

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

Doyenne hosts our 5x5x5 event approximately twice a year. These events are unlike other pitch events you've attended. Our events highlight women-led ventures from ALL business sectors, from initial launch through early growth stages, have a focus on community impact, and are innovative within their industries.

Many of the companies who have won the 5x5x5 event are able to use the funds awarded to take the next leap towards success, and/or position the company for initial investment opportunities. 

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. 

Applications are taken through the button below in an ongoing process, but are reviewed for the event in which you are applying for based on the deadline date stated in the Timeline & Requirements section on this page. Your application does not roll over to another event and you must register for each event you wish to be considered for presenting at.

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.

Timeline & Requirements

Timeline for Applicants

  • Application for the Spring 2021 5x5x5 will open on March 10, 2021 and close on March 31, 2021.
  • The Spring 2021 5x5x5 will be held virtually on May 5.
  • 5 applicants will be selected to present. Presenters will be publicly announced two weeks after application closes.
  • Presenters must attend two informational pitch sessions - to be sent in email with selection notification.

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

Past Presenters

2020 Presenters:

Milwaukee:

Madison:

2019 presenters:

Madison: 

Milwaukee:

2018 Presenters:

2017 PRESENTERS:

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