Youth Education

Junior Judge Program

The Junior Judge program is Women Founders Foundation’s flagship program, which takes place during summer and fall each year. It aligns with the Women Founders Network Fast Pitch, a yearly competition in Los Angeles for women entrepreneurs. Since 2014, the Junior Judge program has educated more than 100 girls in grades 6-12 about entrepreneurship through fun and educational events to meet women CEOs and startup founders, workshops teaching the fundamentals of business, and their participation in the annual WFN Fast Pitch Event as “venture capitalists for a day” to vote for their favorite company and present a sponsored cash award to their winner.

The Junior Judges walk away from the experience feeling confident, inspired, and motivated, knowing there is a strong community of women available to support them in achieving their goals.

To learn more about the Women Founders Network and the annual

Fast Pitch competition, please visit https://www.womenfoundersnetwork.com/.

2020 Junior Judge Program
Applications for 2020 are now closed. 

Who can apply?

 

Age

We welcome any girl who is in 6th grade (currently, as of the 2019-2020 school year) through 12th grade to apply to the program between May 15 and July 1. We value diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of our programs.

 

Geography

Though it is expected that all of our programming will take place online in 2020, should in-person meetings for small groups become viable, we will explore that option in the late summer and fall. We accept applications from across the United States, but note that if we have the opportunity to hold in-person events they will take place in the greater Los Angeles, California, region (including the required Fast Pitch on October 27).

 

Participation Fee & Waivers

There is a $50 fee to participate if girls are accepted into the program, which covers all expenses including one ticket to the fast pitch in October (normally a $75 value). If the cost is a barrier to participation, we can offer fee waivers on a case-by-case basis.

 

Equipment & Materials

Participants will need a reliable internet connection and device to participate in the program this year. We strongly encourage participating in virtual meetings with a web camera so we can create as authentic an experience as possible!

 

Once accepted into the program, Junior Judges will be sent a welcome packet via email.

 

About the Program

Given the coronavirus pandemic, the Junior Judge program will move online in 2020. We will host virtual programming for the selected Junior Judges between July and October 2020. On October 27, the Women Founders Network plans to host a virtual Fast Pitch event, and the Junior Judges will still participate as judges during that virtual event.

The virtual program will center around an online curriculum of Mindset & Milestones, a recently released workbook for young women interested in entrepreneurship. The book is written by Diondraya Taylor, an incoming UCLA PhD student, who is dedicated to creating and inspiring opportunities for women to succeed in business and in life. Junior Judges will participate in virtual lessons and conversations with Diondraya on a fixed schedule (see below). 

 

In addition to the Mindset & Milestones curriculum, Junior Judges will have the opportunity to “meet” women CEOs and entrepreneurs through virtual meetings on Zoom to learn their experiences starting companies across a range of fields. 

Important Dates in 2020

  • May 15-July 1: Junior Judge applications accepted

  • Early July: Junior Judges notified of status

  • October 27: Women Founders Network Virtual Fast Pitch Event (required online attendance for Junior Judges)*

*Should in-person events become viable for fall 2020 and our venue allows it, we will reevaluate an in-person pitch event.

2020 Program Schedule

 

Junior Judges are encouraged to participate in as many virtual events as possible. Note that dates for additional programming will be added in the weeks and months ahead.

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July - September, 6-7pm PT

Mindset & Milestones

Virtual Meetings

Hosted by Diondraya Taylor, Strategic Advisor and author of "Mindset & Milestones" workbook

- July 15 @ 6pm PT

- July 29 @ 6pm PT

- August 12 @ 6pm PT

- August 26 @ 6pm PT

- September 9 @ 6pm PT

- September 23 @ 6pm PT

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July - October

Meet the CEO

Virtual Meetings

  • July 21 @ 6pm​ - Dr. Courtney Young, Co-founder & CEO, MyoGene Bio

  • Aug 4 @ 5pm - Brianna Kilcullen, Founder & CEO, ANACT 

  • Sept 3 @ 6pm - Heather Mason, Founder & CEO, Caspian Agency

  • Sept 15 @ 6pm - Maryam Garg, Founder, MODMASK

  • Oct 6 @ 6pm - Akshita Iyer, Inirv

September - October

Women Founders Network

Fast Pitch Competition

  • NEW DATE TBD - Virtual workshop to review WFN Fast Pitch Top 5 finalist companies

  • Tue, October 27 @ 5pm - WFN Virtual Fast Pitch Event (required). Girls participate as "venture capitalists for a day" to vote for their favorite company and award a sponsored cash prize of $5,000 to their winner

Meet the 2019 Junior Judges:

Adult educational events are hosted through Women Founders Network and may be viewed here.

Past (2019) events for Junior Judges included:

April 1, 2019

A Day at BlackLine with Therese Tucker, CEO

Full day of activities for girls to learn about running a business

August 27, 2019

United Talent Agency (UTA) Foundation

Meeting with the women leaders of UTA Foundation

October 30, 2019

Women Founders Network Fast Pitch Event @ UCLA

Girls voted for their favorite company and presented a $5,000 cash award

June 16, 2019

Meet the CEO: Daina Trout of Health-Aide

Tour of facility and meeting with the CEO and company leadership

September 5, 2019

Raising Money for Your Startup: Mimi Carter of Pasadena Angels

Girls learned about options for getting funding for startup companies

July 16, 2019

Junior Judge Social Mixer & Meet the CEO: Caspian Agency

Social mixer for girls to get acquainted and meeting with Heather Mason, CEO

September 14, 2019

Pre-Pitch Workshop for Junior Judges

Preparation for voting as "venture capitalists for a day" at the WFN Fast Pitch

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