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Women Startup Challenge
2016 San Francisco

Grand Prize: SIRUM
June 14, 2016 at LinkedIn in San Francisco, CA
The $50,000 top prize was awarded to SIRUM, a Stanford, California startup that is a “” for unused, unexpired medicine, matching it with people in need.

On June 14, 2016, the Women Startup Challenge showcased 10 amazing, women-led tech startups in a pitch competition held at LinkedIn in San Francisco.

The $50,000 top prize was awarded to SIRUM, the “” for unused, unexpired medicine, matching it with people in need. The event was co-produced by Women Who Tech and Craig Newmark’s craigconnects, and awarded more than $400,000 in cash and cloud services.

SIRUM founder Kiah Williams

Grand Prize:


Pitching Founder: Kiah Williams

The top prize of $50,000 went to SIRUM (Supporting Initiatives to Redistribute Unused Medicine) the “” for unused, unexpired medicine which matches it with people in need.


Audience Choice Awards:

The Audience Choice Award and $120,000 in cloud services from IBM went to three women-led startups:

Blendoor Founder Stephanie Lampkin


Pitching Founder: Stephanie Lampkin

Blendoor of San Francisco, a blind recruiting app for job recruiters that hides the candidate’s name and photo to circumvent unconscious bias and facilitate diversity. Its goal is to highlight the information that’s most relevant to a candidate being a “good fit,” independent of race, gender, (dis)ability, military history, or sexual orientation.

ClearVest Advisors Sara-Malak Women Startup Challenge

ClearVest Advisers

Pitching Founder: Sara Malak

ClearVest, of New York, a fintech alternative investment platform, providing access to established and emerging managers with lower investment minimums.

Carissa Flocken of Entry Point VR Women Startup Challenge

Entry Point VR

Pitching Founder: Carissa Flocken

Entry Point VR of San Francisco, provides cross-platform distribution and analytics for virtual reality content.


Katie Brenner founder of bluDiagnostics

$10,000 Investment:


Pitching Founder: Katie Brenner

A $10,000 investment from Backstage Capital was awarded to bluDiagnostics of Madison, Wisconsin, one of the first apps to enable women to understand their body through revolutionary saliva-based measurement technology that provides immediate, quantitative data about hormone levels.


Grand Prize
Cloud Services from IBM
Investment from Backstage Capital

Women Startup Challenge 2016 San Francisco Finalists

Samantha Rudolph
Stephanie Lampkin
Katie Brenner
Suelin Chen
ClearVest Advisers
Sara Malak
Design Flux Technologies
Courtney Gras
EmbraceFamily Health
Denise Terry
Entry Point VR
Carissa Flocken
Annie Mohaupt
Kiah Williams

Meet the Jury