UberPITCH 2016

Calling all entrepreneurs, inventors, and self-starters—your big business break is just an Uber away. On Wednesday, October 26, you could ride with a top local investor, with UberPITCH.

We’ve teamed up with The Refinery and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation to fuel the growth of women-led companies and help close the funding gap.

Startups with at least one woman in a leadership position can apply for a special Uber ride in participating cities,* during which they’ll pitch their business to a local investor and receive valuable feedback. Once all UberPITCH rides are finished, the investors will select semi-finalists to present at Fueling the Growth, a pitch competition held at Connecticut’s Stamford Innovation Center on Wednesday, November 16. After that, a round of finalists will be chosen to pitch again later that same night. The winners and finalists will split $120,000 in grants and receive continued guidance from Refinery business mentors.

Applications for UberPITCH rides are due by October 20. For more details, please see the complete timeline and eligibility requirements below.

Timeline of events

October 20

October 24

  • Companies who submitted applications by the deadline and are eligible to participate will be notified and given an Uber promo code to unlock the UberPITCH view in the app

October 26

  • All investor rides will take place in the participating cities* between 11am and 3pm. Participants will have 7 minutes to pitch their business and 7 minutes to receive feedback from the investor. No more than 3 entrepreneurs may ride.

November 2

  • Applicants will be notified if they are advancing to the semi-finalist round in Stamford, CT

November 16

  • Semi-finalists must attend the final pitch day of Fueling the Growth at the Stamford Innovation Center in Stamford, CT. After the first round of pitches, finalists will be chosen to pitch again later that same evening. All semi-finalists will be invited to be participate in the showcase held just before the finalists’ pitch round. There will be $120,000 in prize money given as a non-dilutive grant to the winners and finalists.

*Participating cities offering UberPITCH rides

  • New Haven, CT
  • Stamford, CT
  • Washington, DC
  • Kansas City, MO
  • Providence, RI

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible, companies will:

  • Have at least 1 woman in a leadership role
  • Utilize technology in their business
  • Demonstrate proven scalability and market fit
  • Be present in one of the participating cities on October 26 for the UberPITCH ride
  • Be available to travel to Stamford, CT for the Fueling the Growth pitch event at the Stamford Innovation Center on November 16

Apply for UberPITCH today