IDEATE Female Founders Summit Open Mic Application

    Have you started a company or side hustle?
    Sign up for our Open Mic and earn a spot on the big stage at the IDEATE Female Founders Summit in April.

    VCU Female Founders Summit brings together the best of the region’s female founders and innovators to make change in their communities and cultivate opportunities for the next generation.

    This year’s inaugural theme is: Activate. Engage. Empower. VCU Female Founders Summit isn’t your ordinary Women’s Summit. It’s the space where campus and community collide to form a more empowered, engaged, and activated community of women. The one day summit will feature speakers from near and far, ready to help you become activated! Join us this Spring as we unpack what it means to be a female founder, to take risks, to be financially savvy, to create, to connect, to be well, and make an impact. 

    We invite student founders to participate in an Open Mic to earn a spot on the IDEATE Female Founders Summit stage. The audience will vote for the 2 presenters to move on so be sure to invite your friends to support you!


    • Whether you’re just starting out or have been working on your company for years, this is a great chance to practice telling your story

    • Present in front of Richmond’s Entrepreneurial Community 

    • Promote your company’s mission to generate support in our community

    • Expand your network by introducing you and your company to other local founders, investors, etc


    • Audience will vote to select 2 presenters to join the IDEATE Female Founders Summit stage

    • Must be a founder of a company 

    • Must be a current student

    • 5 minute presentation/talk about your experience as a founder (if selected, this will also be what you present at the IDEATE Female Founders Summit)

      • How did you get started?

      • Why does your company matter?

      • What obstacles have you faced?

      • What is your origin story?

      • Goals

      • Aha moments

      • Lessons learned

      • What advice would you give someone who is thinking about starting their company?

    APPLY BY FEBRUARY 13, 2020
    We will send acceptance emails on February 14th

    Registration is no longer available because the event has been cancelled.