Frequently Asked Questions

What is the eligibility criteria?

We are looking for early stage technology startups who are seeking seed, angel or A round funding (under US$5M) with at least a minimum viable product or working prototype (past ideation stage). You also must have a technology startup fulfilling ONE of the following gender lens:gender lens: 

(a)  Female founder

(b)  Majority female users

(c)  Majority female consumers

(d) Technology impacting women positively

How do I enter?

To enter the She Loves Tech Global Startup Competition, eligible applicants must register online HERE, in compliance with the competition’s Terms and Conditions and according to the instructions found on our website. You will need to submit the completed form by the deadline. Please note that every country round has a different deadline. For any doubt, please check the website

What is considered “technology” ?

All startups must be technology-based startups and for the avoidance of doubt, technology is defined as the use of science and innovation to invent useful things or to solve problems. This extends beyond digital, information or internet-based technology and covers everything from hardware to the creation of new products and solutions to existing problems.

How do I choose a round to participate in?

Startups should apply for a round in the country or region where they reside, work or have operations in. For example, if you are headquartered in Singapore, but also operating in Australia, you are eligible to apply for either one.

Can I participate in more than one round?

The Competition is open to startups from any part of the world. However, each startup may only apply for ONE (1) local competition round with consideration of whether the country or region where they reside, work or have operations in has a round or not. If they come from a country or region without a local round then they should apply to their nearest competition round. For inconsistencies, registrations may be redirected by She Loves Tech.

I am from a country that is not listed, can I still participate?

Yes. We currently cover over 70 countries with our rounds this year and are working hard to expand our global reach. If your country or region does not have a local round, we encourage you to apply to your nearest competition round. For example, if you are in Myanmar, you can apply to the Thailand-Vietnam-Cambodia round.

Can I participate if my company valuation is more than US$5 million?

Yes. Our criteria is that you must have total external funding of less than USD5million. E.g. If your company has a valuation of USD5million, but have raised total funding of USD2million, you are still eligible to apply. 

Does my business need to have a female founder? Can I participate if I’m a man?

Any entrepreneur, male or female, who is using technology to impact women positively is eligible to participate. Are a significant proportion of end-users or consumers female? Are products specifically designed with women users in mind? Does the product itself address a problem that disproportionately affects women? If you have answered yes to any of these questions, you will be eligible to apply. 

Who should pitch at the competition?

Any employee of the company may submit the application to the competition on behalf of the company's founder, however, only one of the founders must pitch at the competition.

How do you evaluate the startups?

We have a rigorous evaluation process. Your application was first evaluated by the She Loves Tech startup evaluation team who provide feedback on each applicant. This information is then given to the She Loves Tech committee in our headquarters and the country team for further analysis and processing. Finally, the top startups are selected and duly informed.

We look at a range of criteria including market opportunity, traction, scalability and growth potential, innovation and creativity, calibre of founder and team.

If I am not selected, will I receive feedback?

Unfortunately, due to vast number of applications that we receive, we will not be able to provide you with individual feedback. Please see question above on how we evaluate the startups to learn more about our process.

How will the She Loves Tech Competition be held during this varying situation globally amidst the pandemic?

This year, we will take into account the situation in each of the country or region where the competition takes place. Some local rounds will be done offline, while others will be online but all will be available to watch online at some point. Please note that all global events (workshops, webinars, etc) will be done in an online format to facilitate global audience participation. Please follow us on social media to stay tune to our events and more information about it!

How will this competition benefit my startup?

She Loves Tech works with startups to take their business to the next level. If you are shortlisted, we work closely with you, providing mentorship and/or workshops to prepare for your final pitch. At the Global Finals, our week-long bootcamp is specially curated to provide you with mentorship, training and access to our network of top investors and influencers from the tech community. Alumni startups from previous years have gone on to raise in aggregate over US$300 million in funding from some of the world's top investors, including Sequoia Capital, Vertex Ventures, Wavemaker, Microsoft and Amazon. 

Do you have a hashtag that I can use to tag She Loves Tech?

Yes we do! They are #SheLovesTech2022 and #SLTGlobalCompetition2022, and you can always tag She Loves Tech on Instagram (@SheLovesTech), Facebook (@SheLovesTechOrg) and Twitter (@SheLovesTechOrg)

Where can I contact you for any other questions?

You can email us at if you have any questions or would like to partner with us in some way!