Women 2.0 announces Pitch 2009, an event that provides startups in early-stage or alpha/beta phase to showcase their business idea in front of a panel of angel investors, women executives and noted venture capital partners like Mohr Davidow Ventures, Clearstone Ventures, CMEA Capital and First Round Capital. The Pitch 2009 contest winner also will be awarded an hour meeting with Michael Moritz of Sequoia Capital, free office space, legal services, and marketing and PR support. “Women 2.0 gives female entrepreneurs a great opportunity to get an audience with a group of investors to whom they might not have access otherwise,” notes Lara Druyan a general partner at Allegis Capital. “The quality of the people is very good, and their energy and enthusiasm are off the charts.”  Additionally, many startups and female entrepreneurs have found opportunities, made connections and have gained value beyond their expectations at past Women 2.0 Pitch competitions. This year, Women 2.0’s third annual Pitch 2009 offers the same – and more. Entering startups, with at least one female founding member, are asked to record a 2-minute video pitch and send along a cocktail napkin with their business plan scribbled on it, and all will receive valuable feedback from the judging panel of investors and experienced startup executives. The deadline to apply is April 10 and five startups will pitch live on May 7th (http://pitch2009.eventbrite.com/). For full details and eligibility requirements for Pitch 2009, see http://www.women2.org/pitch2009/

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