Doyenne Group 5x5x5

5 Women-led businesses, 5 minutes to pitch and one receives a $5,000 grant


Doyenne Group’s signature pitch event!

Each year Doyenne Group opens the application for Women-led Businesses based in Wisconsin, in all industries, to apply to pitch their business during Madison’s Forward Festival, for a chance to be awarded a $5,000 Seed Grant. Businesses can be all levels of startup phase.

Past 5x5x5 Events:

2016 Presenters:

Pictures from the 2016 Event

2015 Presenters:

Pictures from the 2015 Event

2014 Presenters:

 Picture from the 2014 Event

Timeline for Applicants

  • Applications taken from Sunday, May 1st – Saturday, June 4
  • Presenters publicly announced on Monday, June 20th, 2016.
  • Presenters must attend two informational pitch sessions
    Wednesday, July 27 and Wednesday, August 17 5:30-8 PM

Requirements of Applicants:

  • Wisconsin Registered Venture
  • Majority of shares are owned by a woman or women co-founder(s)
  • Venture is scalable to a regional, national or international market (do not need to be at this stage to submit, but be able to show scalability plan)
  • Must have evidence showing how the $5,000 will benefit venture
  • Venture shows innovation within its industry

2016 5x5x5 Sponsors:

$5,000 Grant Sponsor:


Event Sponsor:

Alliant Energy Foundation


Doyenne Group Evergreen Fund Sponsors:

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