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

Doyenne hosts our 5x5x5 at entrepreneurial festivals taking place in cities where we operate. 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 a ongoing process, but are reviewed for the city 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 city's 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

  • Applications for Milwaukee will be accepted until Wednesday, March 18th, 2020
  • Applications for Madison will be accepted until Friday, June 12th, 2020
  • Presenters publicly announced two weeks after application deadlines
  • Presenters must attend two informational pitch sessions - to be sent in email with selection notification

Requirements for Applicants
(as of february 2020)

  • 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

2019 presenters:


  • BlkBld & Co
  • MOSAIC Box – Grant Awardee
  • Goods Unite Us
  • EmberFoods
  • Venture with Impact


2018 Presenters:


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