Equalize sponsors support efforts to diversify the innovation pool and increase the number of women entrepreneurs in America.

Equalize presenters come from universities across the country, including:
  • Yale University
  • Northwestern University
  • The Ohio State University
  • Arizona State University
  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • Cornell University
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Tennessee
  • University of New Mexico
  • Duke University
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • West Virginia University
Why Equalize?

When Equalize was launched in 2020, companies founded solely by women received only 2.3% of the total capital invested in venture-backed American startups. According to PitchBook, companies founded solely by women also faced a disproportionate blow during the COVID-19 pandemic and garnered 2% of the dollars invested in the US, despite the surge in overall dollars invested in startups.

Equalize takes national action to help close the gap. WashU and Osage University Partners are committed to supporting faculty wherever they are on their entrepreneurial journey—and, through Equalize are especially invested in supporting women bringin their ideas and discoveries from lab to marketplace.

“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.”

Sandhya Kortagere, Drexel University
Other ways to support Equalize
  • In-kind services are welcome. In 2020, 40 combined hours of legal, regulatory and graphic design consultation were awarded.
Sponsorship Levels & Benefits Presenting*
Survival Kit**
Opportunity to introduce keynote speaker OR participate in panel discussion
Opportunity to serve as a judge in pitch room of your choice
Logo prominent on Survival Kit box
First right of refusal for future Equalize sponsorship at same level
Logo included on Survival Kit items
Advanced copy of all pitch briefs
Recognition in opening and closing remarks
Sponsorship recognition in the following media/materials
Event website
Social media posts
Virtual event slides
Post-event videos
Event emails
Recognition on registration website

*Only one available
**More information on survival kit sponsorship here.

Equalize 2022 Survival Kit

Make a lasting impression with the first 500 attendees to register through a shipped Pitch Competition Survival Kit full of snacks, supplies and other surprises.

Survival Kit Sponsorship

  • Company logo prominently placed on outside of Survival Kit packaging
  • Company logo on 4 items of your choice***

Presenting Sponsorship

  • Company logo on inside cover of Survival Kit
  • Company logo on 2 items of your choice***

Gold Sponsorship

  • Company logo on 1 item of your choice***

***Deadline to select items is April 1, 2022. Items are designated to sponsors in the order requests are received.

Survival Kit Menu

  • Bissinger’s Chocolate Bar
  • Bissinger’s Gummy Pandas
  • Mixed Nuts
  • Mints
  • Liquid IV
  • Lemon Verbana Chapstick
  • Power Bar 2500mah UI
  • Blue Light Sunglasses
  • Retractable Infinity Pencil
  • Webcam Cover
  • Microfiber Cloth
  • Smiley Sticky Notes
2021 Sponsors

2020 (Inaugural Sponsors)

Millipore Sigma

Future Forward

Armstrong Teasdale

Washington University James McKelvey School of Engineering