A prize for women founders of IT startups
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The Aurora Tech Award is an annual prize for women founders of IT startups whose projects have had the most profound impact on world development. Our goal is to support women in the field of advanced technologies, especially women entrepreneurs.

IT improves the lives of millions of people all over the world, that is why we want to support startups in this field.

The winner of the award represents freedom of choice, something that inDrive is giving back to people. She is independent, compassionate, transcends stereotypes, and does fascinating and important work.

If you are a woman entrepreneur, and your project has improved the lives of a large number of people, then don’t delay, submit an application today!

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Why
it matters

Latest researches shows that investors are hesitant to invest in businesses founded by women. Talented women specialists are often told that a career in technology isn’t for them. The aim of our award is to change this perception and situation for women in IT.

Despite all obstacles, women IT entrepreneurs are currently creating unique medical solutions, researching voice control, and developing artificial intelligence for unmanned transportation. They are systematically building effective businesses and conquering the global market.

The world is changing, and gender stereotypes are becoming a thing of the past. In 2022 the most profitable US Fortune 500 companies have 74 female CEOs or 15% of all CEOs. In 2002 there were only 7.

The Aurora Tech Award was established in order to remind people that women are half of our civilization’s creative intellectual potential. In many technological fields, they have become the driving force behind development and have done a great deal of good in the world. During the Second World War, it was women who deciphered covert Nazi communications, and in the 1960s, it was women scientists who made the Apollo space missions possible.

We believe that women should have the opportunity not only to get a career in IT but also to flourish therein, to realize their best ideas without having to face unnecessary obstacles. That is why we have set ourselves the following tasks: to recognize the achievements of women in IT entrepreneurship, to support them with a financial award, and to tear down gender stereotypes in IT.

Rules of the Aurora Tech Award

Any woman founder or co-founder of a company that was created within the last five years can be nominated for the award. The key product of the nominee’s company must be based on information technologies. The nominee must hold a C-level position in the company at the time the application is submitted.

The nomination presentation includes:

  1. The candidate’s main achievements

    A short bio, detailing any challenges the candidate faced while working on their startup and the professional attributes that helped her overcome these obstacles.
  2. The startup’s successes

    An in-depth description of the company, its achievements, and an explanation of how the startup contributes to making the world a better place.
  3. The reason for the nomination

    A comprehensive explanation of how the award will affect the life of the applicant, the company, or a particular community.

Presentations should include above mentioned information. Please make sure the file is in PDF format and does not exceed 30 megabytes.

See the Terms and Сonditions for the full rules of the award.

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Conducting
the award

Stage one: reception of applications
Applications will be received from October 3 to December 2, 2022.
Stage two: drawing up a shortlist for the award
The award committee will then select the twenty strongest applications. On February 28, the list will be published on the award’s website.
Stage three: Publication of the results
The judging panel selects the winners of the award. On March 8, the results of the Aurora Tech Award will be published.

The prizes

First prize
$30,000
Second prize
$20,000
Third prize
$10,000

In addition to the financial prize, the entrepreneurs will receive access to the inDrive mentorship program and other opportunities.

Frequently asked questions

Who can receive the award?

Any woman founder or co-founder of a company that was created within the last five years. The main product of the nominee’s business must be based on IT. The nominee must hold a C-level position in the company at the time the application is submitted.

Why is the award solely for women?

Women entrepreneurs and tech professionals face prejudice from investors, colleagues and society. As a result, we lose out on their breakthrough ideas, which could have the potential to shape the future of IT. This is why we want to support women in IT — this is our contribution to world development.

How long will the selection process take?

The award will be conducted in three stages, which will take just over five months.

Stage one: reception of applications—from October 3 to December 2, 2022.
Stage two: drawing up a shortlist of finalists for the award—up to February 28, 2023.
Stage three: publishing the results—March 8, 2023.

What should be included in applications for the award?

A presentation should include:

  1. The candidate’s main achievements

    A short bio, detailing any challenges the candidate faced while working on their startup and the professional attributes that helped her overcome these obstacles.
  2. The startup’s successes

    An in-depth description of the company, its achievements, and an explanation of how the startup contributes to making the world a better place.
  3. The reason for the nomination

    A comprehensive explanation of how the award will affect the life of the applicant, the company, or a particular community.
What sort of startup do I need to have in order to win?

It must be an IT company that was created by a woman within the last five years, and that is changing our world and society for the better. The impact it has had on world development will be evaluated by the judging panel.

What is the cash prize for the winners of the Aurora Tech Award?

The results will be published on March 8, 2023. The prize for first place is $30,000, second place $20,000, and third place will be awarded $10,000.