Introducing the
Voodle Visionaries Grant

At Voodle, we are optimistic about 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 $10,000 grant is targeted to women, non-binary, and BIPOC founders who are as committed to this vision as we are.

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Voodle Visionaries Grant

Voodle Visionaries Grant 2022 has ended and we thank all
of the participants, voters, judges and supporters. See you next year!

What is the Voodle Visionaries grant?

The Voodle Visionaries Grant is a 60-Second Pitch Contest for Female, Non-binary, and/or BIPOC Founders who are innovating for a better, and more diverse, future of work.

The Voodle Visionaries Grant competition is done entirely via short asynchronous video and compels founders to share their story in a simple 60-second voodle. (Think elevator pitch that you can share with the world).

Participants can share their voodle pitch with their network to see and vote on their favorite visionaries. The top 10 vote-getters will move on to the final Judge panel round.

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Get to know the inspiring entrepreneurs inventing the future of work. See the Top 10!

Meet the judges

We’re huge fans of these awesome entrepreneurs and investors,
and we can’t wait for them to meet YOU and your ideas!

AJ Yawn

LinkedIn
AJ Yawn

Founder and CEO
ByteCheck

Maria Gilfoyle

LinkedIn
Maria Gilfoyle

Investor
Madrona Venture Group

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Priyanka Mitra

LinkedIn
Priyanka Mitra

Principal
M12 Ventures

Leslie Feinzaig

LinkedIn
Leslie Feinzaig

Founder & Managing Director
Graham & Walker

Shireen Jaffer

LinkedIn
Shireen Jaffer

Founder, Investor, Advisor
Edvo

Janea Delk

LinkedIn
Janea Delk

Executive Director & Tribal Liaison
Community Economic Revitalization Board

Minda Brusse

LinkedIn
Minda Brusse

Founding Partner
First Row Partners

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Need some inspiration to make your pitch stand out?

We’ve asked successful operators and funders to share their advice on pitching
with Voodle. Check out what they had to say, then tell us your story!

Maria Gilfoyle
VC Investor
Founder, Mentor

Forest Key
Serial Entrepreneur
Angel Investor

Rebecca Norlander
Angel Investor
Founder

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The details

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 hello@voodle.com 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.

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Our partners

Kingston Marketing
Geekwire
Madrona Ventures