We can’t wait to see your pitches! We broke down all the details you should need here, but feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any additional questions. Good luck!
What’s the schedule?
January 24 – March 31, 2022
- Round 1 | Call for entries and get out the vote. January 24 – March 4th.
Participants will submit their voodle link and start accumulating upvotes. Application closes February 25th. Voting closes March 4th. Top 10 vote getters go to Round 2.
- Round 2 | Top 10. March 5th & March 18th.
The judges may post a question for the participants via Voodle on March 7th. Participants must answer with 1 voodle for each question by March 18th.
- Round 3 | Top 3. March 25th
Judges will choose the top 3 by March 25th, 2022.
- Final Round | Winner. Virtual event March 31
We will be announcing the winner of the Voodle Visionaries 2022 award on March 31st.
What’s the the prize?
The top 10 voodles will be reviewed by a panel of 5 inspiring and well-respected judges. Those participants will further engage with the panel and “voters” via a question and answer voodle period, providing a simple and new way to connect founders with their audience. The ultimate winner will receive a $10,000 grant, exposure in the final three Geekwire live panel, and a featured 60 second interview in the Geekwire podcast throughout the month of April.
What are the rules and criteria?
See contest rules, guidelines, terms and conditions here.
Why Voodle Visionaries?
This program is aligned to our vision of the future of work. It will be more flexible, distributed, and inclusive. Along with our partners, we want to inspire and be a part of the wave of solutions that enable the new world of work. Our grant is targeted to women, non-binary, and BIPOC founders who are as committed to this vision as we are. Did you know:
- Female entrepreneurs own 38% of all businesses in the US, but that is not reflected in the proportion of startup money that currently goes to female founders. Women-led start-ups receive just 2.3% of VC funding and it is estimated that black women receive less than 1%.
- BIPOC receive less business financing, less often and at higher rates. 80.2% of white business owners receive at least a percentage of the funding they request from a bank, compared to 66.4% of BIPOC business owners. BIPOC business owners are discouraged from applying for loans.
- “We will never be solving the problems that we need to solve, unless the set of entrepreneurs is more diverse.” This quote from Jennifer Hyman, co-founder of Rent the Runway, just about sums it up.
- Most pitch contests require a huge investment in time and resources from founders. The Voodle Visionaries Contest is built for maximum inclusivity and maximum respect of participant time. It aims to make the grant application process more inclusive and human accessible without all the meetings.
We believe that short video is a powerful tool that provides the unique ability to tell their story in a human way. The stories of how people move through the world and engage with systems include gender, race, and ethnicity, but also go beyond those factors. Through short video, people are able to reclaim their narrative and tell their stories in a more holistic way.
See the Top 10!