Women in Voice Announces Return of Female Founder Pitch Event Series with Amazon Alexa Startups

February 8, 2022

Official WiV Logo (Teal Circle)Women in Voice (WiV) today announced the return of the Female Founder Pitch Event Series with Amazon Alexa Startups. The program heads into its second year as both organizations continue their support of early stage female and gender minority identifying founders working on innovation in voice and conversational AI.   

In 2021, 20 female founders were featured from around the world, including the US, UK, Russia, and South Africa. Companies featured were from a breadth of industries including fintech, dating, sports tech, mental health, femtech, autonomous vehicles, speech tech, edtech, and many more. Last year on the investor and funder side, 8 female investors were available to answer questions and provide feedback to founders at the Women in Voice events.

Last year’s founders continue to thrive. Here are some highlights of their success: 

In 2022, both Women in Voice and Amazon Alexa Startups plan to participate in 3 pitch events, a founder showcase event, and a happy hour event in 2022. Additionally, office hours will be hosted throughout the year to provide community, support, and onramps for rising founders.

The Alexa Startups team engages founders and investors through startup programs, business development, and technical support and works alongside with the Alexa Fund that provides up to $200 million in venture capital funding to fuel voice technology innovation.

Ready to pitch? Female and nonbinary Founders of preseed to series A startups in the voice and conversational AI space can apply to pitch for the event on the WiV website (Free Application).

Are you a founder who wants to talk with us in a welcoming environment? Come to Office Hours.

Ready for the next event? Sign up to attend. Tickets are free!

Interested in being a Featured Venture Capital Firm? Reach out to Kayla Pitts at kayla.pitts@womeninvoice.org.

2021 Featured Founders in Voice AI

WiV and Alexa Startups are pleased to introduce you to our Women in Voice Founders featured live this year!

Ruth Health Founder, Alison Greenberg

Ruth Health brings quality, evidence-based pregnancy care direct to you—on your schedule. We deliver medical services to birthing people and their families.

Kids Speech Labs Founder Shona D'Arcy

Try Kids Speech Labs online screening for children’s speech and language development.

Gowri Mahesh, Co-Founder, Learning Matters

Turn your smartphone into an alerting device. Get alerted when you want, and when you need it.

Maria Berruezo, Cofounder, LactApp

The first app dedicated to breastfeeding and motherhood that solves your questions in a personalised way

Akshita Iyer, Founder, OME

Ome will instantly turn your stove into a smart one with easy-to-use smart knobs.

Maria Berruezo, Cofounder, LactApp

With Vocalysd, use conversation data to create authentic customer relationships.

Gowri Mahesh, Co-Founder, Learning Matters

EZSpeech provides innovative virtual speech therapy.

Currently in Stealth Mode

Adassa Innovations Founder Ilarna Nche

Music Bop Adventures (by Adassa Innovations) is an interactive audio adventure game for children.

Ivy Mahsciao, Founder, evrmore

Core Skills & Social Mobility For All Powered by Empathy AI®

Gowri Mahesh, Co-Founder, Learning Matters

Comunify is the most convenient live transcription app for the deaf and hard of hearing.

Donnamaree Ryder, Tania.ai

Tania.ai arms you with financial knowledge to run your business optimally .

Gowri Mahesh, Co-Founder, Learning Matters

Try voice-first speed dating & build relationships that last

Chelsie Hall_Viral Moment

ViralMoment is the future of social analytics and social strategy.

Catherine Humblet _indoor collective

The Indoor Rowing App for Teams. We exceeded our growth targets for 2021 and have users in 50 countries!

Tap with Libbie Founder Colette Ellis

Libbie is a mental health chatbot that provides self-help, education, and support to women of color to deal with difficult or traumatic experiences.

Gowri Mahesh, Co-Founder, Learning Matters

Empowering Educators. Impacting Learners. Transforming Schools through Voice-Based Education with Artificial Intelligence.

Gowri Mahesh, Co-Founder, Learning Matters

Toucan was created to help us feel more connected, understood, and heard.  Join us on our mission to give everybody somebody to talk to!

Megan Gray, Founder, moment.ai

Moment AI is improving driving for the vulnerable community.

Gowri Mahesh, Co-Founder, Learning Matters

Try voice-first speed dating & build relationships that last

Kristen Alexander_Ox

Your everyday conversation coach: Practice skills. Get feedback. Nail big moments.

2021 Featured Women in Voice VCs 

Special thank you to each VC Panelist who offered live mentorship to Female Founders at our Pitch Events in 2021!

Elizabeth Scallon Alexa Startups
Alexa Startups
Minda Brusse
FirstRow Partners
Kristina Milyuchikhina Alexa Startups
Alexa Startups
Cinta Putra
VoicePunch
Kate Brodock
Women2.0 The W Fund
Priyanka Mitra
M12 Microsoft's Venture Fund
Surbhi Rathore
Symbl.ai
Emily Lonetto
Growth Toronto and Voiceflow
Alexa Startups

Women in Voice Sponsor

Special thanks to Amazon Alexa Startups for sponsoring us and partnering in our mission to support Female Founders in Voice AI!

Ready to get involved?

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