Equalize welcomes keynote, Amy J. Millman

Equalize is honored to announce this year’s keynote, Amy Millman. Amy is the Managing Partner at StageNext LLC, Founder of Springboard Enterprises, and a passionate advocate for women entrepreneurs…

Thank you sponsors

A sincere thank you to our Equalize 2022 sponsors. Your support makes this event possible and helps empower academic women inventors in their entrepreneurial journeys.   Gold Sponsors     Additional Sponsors   

YouTube video features Equalize’s 2022 cohort

2022 pitchers and their universities are highlighted in this video posted on WashU OTM’s YouTube and Twitter pages. Please support these remarkable women by liking, loving, and/or re-sharing on your social media!

It’s Women’s History Month! What better time to open registration?

Reserve your spot in Equalize 2022. What better time to open registration for Equalize than during Women’s History Month? Reserve your spot now for the live virtual pitch event on June 30, 2022, 12:30pm – 5:00pm CT. “Fun facts” about (just a few) women who have made history in science and innovation… The earliest recorded […]

Equalize 2022 Mentor-Pitcher Matches in MedTech

David Caouette and Rana Al Hallaq of Pfizer will mentor Mary Driscoll of Yale University. Bob Dempsey of AsclepiX Therapeutics, Inc. will mentor Katelyn Swindle-Reilly of The Ohio State University. Nancy Hong of Rivervest will mentor Ariella Shikanov of the University of Michigan. Bill Perry of Deep Blue Medical Advances, Inc. will mentor Maria Croyle […]

Equalize 2022 Mentor-Pitcher Matches in Therapeutics

Julie Cherrington, biotechnology executive, will mentor Sui Huang of Northwestern University. Wayne Embree of Rev1 Ventures will mentor Monica Jablonski of the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center. Sean Evans of Johnson & Johnson will mentor Julie Magarian Blander of Weill Cornell Medicine, Cornell University. Robyn Goforth of VIC Technology Venture Development will mentor Julie […]

Equalize 2022 Pitchers Announced

Equalize is a virtual mentor program and pitch competition designed to take national action around the disparity of women academic inventors forming university startups. Fifteen women academic entrepreneurs were selected for the Equalize 2022 cohort. Mentorship and educational sessions begin in January, and the program will culminate with a virtual pitch competition on June 30, […]

Equalize 2022 Pitch Applicant Profile

Applications for the 2022 cohort closed November 10. New participants will be announced December 17, and applicants came from the following universities: Arizona State University Cornell University Duke University Northwestern University* The Ohio State University University of Massachusetts University of Massachusetts – Amherst University of Michigan* University of New Mexico University of Tennessee University of […]

Equalize 2022 Application Info Session (Video)

This session was recorded via Zoom Wednesday, September 29, 2021. Presenters: Martina Roos (2020 pitcher) and Guelay Bilen-Rosas (2021 pitcher)Host: Kristen Otto, Washington University in St. Louis

Equalize 2022 Education Sessions — Open to all academic women inventors

Startups 101 for women in academiaMonday, October 11Noon ET / 11 CT / 10 MT / 9 PTPresenter: Kirsten Leute, Osage University PartnersLocation: ZoomTopics include: new venture, corporate structures, capital formation, beginning your VC journey Pitching 101Tuesday, October 124 ET / 3 CT / 2 MT / 1 PTPresenter: Shobha Parthasarathi, XontogenyLocation: Zoom Topics include: […]

Equalize 2022 CALL FOR APPLICANTS: Ready. Set. Share. Social media graphics are here.

Equalize is a pitch competition designed to take national action around the disparity of women academic inventors forming university startups. Applications for the 2022 virtual mentor program and in-person event (to be held in St. Louis, Missouri on June 30, 2022) are due November 10, 2021. Share your enthusiasm and help us recruit the 2022 […]

Catch us on Clubhouse

Equalize pitchers will share their entrepreneurial journeys live on Clubhouse August 17. >> Join us!

Sneak peek: Awards, sponsored by Osage University Partners

Artists at Third Degree Glass Factory in St. Louis, Missouri created custom glass awards for Equalize pitch competition overall winners and people’s choice awards. Osage University Partners, a venture capital fund that invests exclusively in startups that are commercializing university research, is the 2021 awards sponsor.

Equalize mentioned in Science Magazine

Read the May 7, 2021 editorial “Opening the path to biotech”by Sangeeta Bhatia, Nancy Hopkins and Susan Hockfield “The MIT study complements other efforts in academia and the broader ecosystem. Washington University’s Equalize is a national pitch competition that pairs academic women inventors with experienced mentors to turn ideas into start-ups.”

AIM-HI to Award $1 Million in Seed Funding to Female-Led Oncology Startup

The AIM-HI Accelerator Fund’s Women’s Venture Competition is a first-of-its-kind program that provides funding, coaching and networking opportunities to women-led oncology start-ups. Subject to due diligence and negotiation, the winning company of 2021 Women’s Venture Competition will receive a total of $1 million in investment from AIM-HI and co-investors. Learn more: aim-hiaccelerator.org/womens-venture-competition

Equalize 2021 MedTech Mentors Matched

Tara Butler, a venture capitalist in medical devices and diagnostics, will mentor Anjelica Gonzalez of Yale University. Wayne Embree of Rev 1 Ventures will mentor Susann Brady-Kalnay, Case Western Reserve University. Entrepreneurial biotech company executive Anil Goyal will mentor Hong Chen, Washington University in St. Louis. Elise Miller Hoffman, General Partner at Cultivation Capital, will […]

Equalize 2022 dates & deadlines announced

Event Date Applications Due November 10, 2021   Application Review November 11 — 19, 2021   Finalists Interviews November 22 — December 3, 2021   Pitchers & Mentors Announced* December 17, 2021   January 2022 1st Mentor/Pitcher Meeting   February 2022 2nd Mentor/Pitcher Meeting   March 2022 3rd Mentor/Pitcher Meeting   April 2022 4th Mentor/Pitcher […]

Equalize 2021 Therapeutics Mentors Matched

Julie Cherrington, a Life Science Executive, will mentor Ruchi Gupta of Northwestern University. Karen Hong of Novo Ventures will mentor Angelique Bordey, Yale University. Nancy Hong of RiverVest Venture Partners will mentor Ashley Brown, North Carolina State University. Jay Lichter of Avalon Ventures will mentor Moshmi Bhattacharya, Rutgers University. Jay Parrish of Arch Ventures will mentor Sylvie […]

Equalize 2021 Pitchers Announced

Equalize is a virtual mentor program and pitch competition designed to take national action around the disparity of women academic inventors forming university startups. Twelve women academic entrepreneurs were selected for the Equalize 2021 cohort. Mentorship and educational sessions begin in March, and the program will culminate with a virtual pitch competition on September 22, […]

Equalize 2021 Pitch Applicant Profile

Applications for the 2021 cohort closed January 31. Finalists will be notified by February 12. 32 Applications21 Universities20 States + 1 International University of Wisconsin University of South Alabama University of Nebraska University of Minnesota University of Michigan University of Kentucky* University of Iowa University of Gothenburg University of Arkansas University of California – Davis […]

Equalize 2021 Application Info Session — Recording

Pitch applicants were invited to attend an information session before applications are due January 31. Panelists included 2020 pitchers and concluded with an open Q&A session. Tuesday, January 268 a.m. PST / 10 a.m. CST / 11 a.m. ESTZoom Webinar Recording Panelists

Equalize 2021: Ready. Set. Share. Social media graphics are here.

Equalize 2021 is a pitch competition designed to take national action around the disparity of women academic inventors forming university startups. Share your participation with your network using graphics listed by platform below. “I’ll be there!” Graphics Instagram (.jpg) Twitter (.jpg) LinkedIn (.jpg) Facebook (.jpg) Mentor Graphics Instagram (.jpg) Twitter (.jpg) LinkedIn (.jpg) Facebook (.jpg) […]

Equalize 2021 Application Info Session — Jan. 26

Pitch applicants are invited to attend an information session before applications are due January 31. Panelists include 2020 pitchers and will conclude with an open Q&A session. Tuesday, January 268 a.m. PST / 10 a.m. CST / 11 a.m. ESTZoom Webinar Recording Agenda Insight from 2020 participants including mentor meetings and how Equalize 2020 participation […]

Deadline extended to Jan. 31, 2021: call for applications

Equalize is a virtual mentor program and pitch competition designed to take national action around the disparity of women academic inventors forming university startups. This mentorship and education program culminates in a one-day virtual pitch event on September 22, 2021. Applications are due Sunday, January 31, 2021. The program selects, coaches, and promotes academic women inventors with startup technologies […]

What was the most valuable aspect of Equalize? (Video)

Kacey Marra and Martina Roos share experiences as Equalize 2020 pitchers. Equalize 2021 is a virtual mentor program and pitch competition designed to take national action around the disparity of women academic inventors forming university startups. This mentorship and education program culminates in a one-day virtual pitch event on September 22, 2021. Applications are due December 31, 2020.

Call for applications — Equalize 2021

Equalize is a virtual mentor program and pitch competition designed to take national action around the disparity of women academic inventors forming university startups. This mentorship and education program culminates in a one-day virtual pitch event on September 22, 2021. Applications are due December 31, 2020. The program selects, coaches, and promotes academic women inventors with startup technologies […]

Equalize 2021: Ready. Set. Share. Social media graphics are here.

Equalize 2021 is a pitch competition designed to take national action around the disparity of women academic inventors forming university startups. Flyer (.pdf) Flyer (.jpg) Share your excitement around this event by posting on your social media channels. Equalize Graphics  Icon (.jpg) Logo (.jpg) 1200×628 (.jpg) 1080×1080 (.jpg) 1920×1080 (.jpg) “I’ll be there!” Graphics Instagram […]

Testimonials from Equalize 2020 pitchers

“I thoroughly enjoyed participating and learning a lot from this event. Thank you for providing the mentoring as well and not sure how you did the match, but I couldn’t have asked for a better mentor. We had a follow up meeting and he volunteered to help me further. As an early stage project, I […]

Equalize Pitch Awards Announcements

People’s Choice Awards Diagnostics & Medical Devices: Kacey Marra, University of Pittsburgh Therapeutics: Judith Sebolt-Leopold, University of Michigan Overall Winners by Judge Voting Diagnostics & Medical Devices: Sunyoung Kim, Louisiana State University School of Medicine & Health Sciences Center Therapeutics: Sandhya Kortagere, Drexel University >> Watch full event via YouTube.

Meet the Pitchers: Therapeutics

Alexis Demonbreun Northwestern University Startup: Ikaika Therapeutics Technology: Genetic modifiers of muscle disease as therapeutic targets >> bio Barbara Ehrlich Yale University Startup: Center Pharm Technology: A new target for treatment of Wolfram Syndrome >> bio Yiping Han Columbia University Technology: Novel therapeutics to treat familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) >> bio Sandhya Kortagere Drexel University Technology: A disease modifying and neuroprotective […]

Meet the Pitchers: Diagnostics & Medical Devices

Reetuparna Das University of Michigan Startup: Sequal Technology: Ultra-rapid molecular diagnosis of cancer >> bio Melanie Joy University of Colorado Startup: Katharos, Inc. Technology: Extracorporeal device for optimizing phosphate control in hemodialysis >> bio Sunyoung Kim Louisiana State University School of Medicine & Health Sciences Center Startup: Chosen Diagnostics Inc. Technology: Biomarker panel to improve […]

Pitch competition & people’s choice awards sneak peek

Artists at Third Degree Glass Factory in St. Louis, Missouri designed custom awards for pitch competition overall winners and people’s choice awards in each category. Awards will be mailed to winners following announcements on Thursday, June 25, 2020. Third Degree Glass Factory was co-founded by Jim McKelvey, a Washington University in St. Louis alumnus and […]

Q&A with Victoria Friedman, Dennemeyer & Associates

Dennemeyer is a proud sponsor of Equalize 2020. Read more about their commitment to women innovators via their IP Blog, Dennemeyer Insights. Answers provided by Victoria Friedman (pictured) Managing Partner, Dennemeyer & Associates Q: What is your advice for a woman researcher who does not see herself as an inventor? A: Give yourself the permission to […]

Thank you sponsors

A sincere thank you to our dedicated sponsors who continued to support Equalize 2020 despite the cancellation of our symposium and pitch event in St. Louis, Mo. Presenting Sponsor Additional Sponsors REGISTER TO ATTEND ZOOM WEBINAR — JUNE 25   ‘Proud Sponsor’ Graphics FacebookLinkedInTwitter

Equalize will move to virtual platform

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Due to travel limitations and social distancing requirements of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, Equalize will move to a virtual platform. Keynote speech by Elizabeth Dougherty, USPTO, will kick off Equalize 2020 pitch competition. Twelve women will pitch, 10 minutes each Welcome reception, symposium and awards dinner are all cancelled. Please register to receive Zoom […]

Registration Deadline & Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Update

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Friday, May 22 is the registration deadline to attend the Equalize 2020 morning symposium, afternoon pitch competition and awards dinner. At this time (Monday, March 9), we are not cancelling Equalize 2020. We are, however, working on contingency plans. We realize it is hard to plan travel due to Coronavirus disease (COVID-19). However, Equalize 2020 registration is open.

Equalize 2020 Visiting Entrepreneurs Announced

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In fall 2019, 12 pitch finalists were selected from 57 applicants. Seven applicants who were not chosen to pitch will attend Equalize 2020 as Equalize Visiting Entrepreneurs. These seven women will attend the symposium and pitch competition, private kick-off gathering and unique networking opportunities throughout the event. Registration fees have been waived for these entrepreneurs.   […]

Equalize 2020 Mentors Matched

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Therapeutics Session  Jay Parrish of Vir Biotechnology, Inc. will mentor Barbara Ehrlich, Yale University.Technology: A new target for treatment of Wolfram Syndrome Nancy Hong of RiverVest Venture Partners will mentor Yiping Han, Columbia University.Technology: Novel therapeutics to treat familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) Jay Lichter of Avalon Ventures will mentor Sandhya Kortagere, Drexel University.Technology: A disease […]

Equalize 2020 Pitch Presenters Announced

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Twelve finalists were selected from 57 applicants. Equalize 2020 will run two, parallel pitch sessions: Diagnostics & Medical Devices and Therapeutics.  >> Download flyer (.pdf) Diagnostics & Medical Devices Session Reetuparna DasUniversity of MichiganStartup: SequalTechnology:Ultra-rapid molecular diagnosis of cancer Melanie JoyUniversity of ColoradoStartup: Katharos, Inc.Technology: Extracorporeal device for optimizingphosphate control in hemodialysis Sunyoung KimLouisiana State […]

Equalize 2020 Pitch Applicant Profile

With overwhelming response for the event’s first year, applications for the 2020 cohort closed November 15, 2019. Finalists will be notified by January 3, 2020. 57 Applications 45 Startups 36 Universities 21 States *indicates multiple applicants Boston University Case Western Reserve University Columbia University Drexel University* Harvard University Johns Hopkins University Louisiana State University School […]