News Briefs and Backstage Capital Announce 2023 PitcHER For Women and Non-Binary Entrepreneurs

The annual Grace Hopper Celebration will include a pitch competition, PitcHER, with an investment totaling $100,000. The 2023 competition launches today in collaboration with Arlan Hamilton, Founder of Backstage Capital., the global nonprofit focused on intersectional gender and pay parity in tech, announces 2023 PitcHer, a pitch competition focusing on women and non-binary entrepreneurs. The competition will be in person, held during Grace Hopper Celebration 2023 (GHC 23) in Orlando, FL, on September 26-29, 2023. This year, will partner with Backstage Capital, founded by Arlan Hamilton. Backstage Capital invests in companies led by underestimated founders, including women, people of color, and LGBTQ+ founders. will collaborate with Backstage Capital

“I am beyond thrilled to witness the dynamic collaboration between, Arlan Hamilton, and Backstage Capital come to life,” said Brenda Darden Wilkerson, President and CEO of “This powerhouse partnership holds incredible promise for women and other under-resourced groups in the world of venture capital. The way forward is clear: we need to continue to lift up women and non-binary people. And ensure that they have the resources and support they need to succeed. For too long, women and other intentionally excluded people have been marginalized in the VC space. And consequently, they’ve had limited access to funding and support. But with the collaboration of PitcHER and Backstage Capital, we will break down those barriers and create real opportunities so that everyone has an equal chance to thrive.”

What will the 2023 PitcHER focus on to support women and non-binary entrepreneurs?

According to TechCrunch, in 2022, all-women U.S. startups received 1.9 percent (or around $4.5 billion) out of around the $238.3 billion in venture capital funding allocated. This is a notable drop from the 2.4 percent all-women teams raised in 2021.

The annual PitcHER contest will bring entrepreneurs to GHC, the world’s largest annual gathering of women and non-binary technologists. This year, is looking for entrepreneurs from all industries who are leading early-stage technology startups. The top six finalists will compete for a total of $100,000 in investment capital from Backstage Capital. The top three finalists, including an Audience Favorite, will split the amount. Each candidate will receive complimentary registration to attend GHC.

“I feel honored to speak at two of the most recent in-person Grace Hopper Celebrations. I have seen firsthand the level of enthusiasm, inspiration, and talent in the ecosystem,” said Arlan Hamilton, Founder and CEO of Backstage Capital. “Having interviewed 2019’s PitchHER competition finalists on stage, there’s no doubt that this competition brings out the best of the best. Backstage Capital is proud to co-host the PitchHER competition. And we are even more excited to provide investment capital to such staggering talent.”

PitcHER timeline of events

  1. Candidate application opens Today! Application link here:
  2. Candidate application closes April 14, 2023, 5pmPT.
  3. Semifinalist candidates are announced on May 5, 2023, trained and mentored by Backstage Capital.
  4. Finalists are announced on July 14, 2023, and invited to pitch at GHC 23.
  5. PitcHER competition and awards ceremony at GHC 23 on September 26-29, 2023.

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