HearstLab Europe

HearstLab Europe

For audacious and unstoppable women-led ventures

Pitch Day



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Event: 100k Pitch Day Finals

15:30-19:00 CET in Amsterdam, NL


HearstLab, on a mission to make a change

HearstLab’s mission is to close the gap in venture capital funding for women by helping founders build healthy, sustainable and highly scalable businesses.We do this by being an early investor in women-led ventures and providing cash investment and services to early-stage, women-led startups. HearstLab exclusively invests in women- led companies and provides founders support and resources to accelerate the growth of their businesses.

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Pitch Day

HearstLab Europe presents

100k PitchDay

HearstLab is committed to broadening the investment funnel and giving unstoppable teams a chance. HearstLab Europe is launching its first-ever “100k Pitch Day” for women-led startups in Europe. The event, will be held in Amsterdam, and offers women-led startup teams a chance to receive €100k investment in their venture and further support from HearstLab Europe.

The deadline for applying has passed. The applications are evaluated by VC experts and HearstLab’s team of scouts. The startups selected for the semi-finals will hear back from us by 20th October 2022 and be invited for an interview. The finals take place on 15th of November 2022 at 15.30 CET at the Kanteen25 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Multiple startups may be selected for an investment. 

Track for Success

We know that it takes more than just capital to build a successful startup. With this investment winners get more than just capital: 

  • €100k Investment with simple and transparant terms

  • Coverage of the event and winners in one of Hearst Netherlands’ Magazines

  • Participation in workshops on core capabilities required to grow ventures successfully

  • Support from advisors from the HearstLab community

  • Becoming part of HearstLab start-up community, reaching across Europe and USA

100k Pitch Day Event

15th November 2022


Unstoppable Women Founders

As our mission is to close the gender gap in venture funding, we support women led businesses with a female founder as decision maker. ​

Technology Enabled Business

We focus on startups that have high-growth potential and use technology to solve a real client need. The startups should have a live product or have demonstrated initial validation (MVP). We look at scalability of the solution, customer need and defensibility. ​

Connectivity to Hearst

Part of the power of joining the Hearst community is the access and knowledge that Hearst has to offer in the Netherlands and abroad. We look for startups where we can deliver value through collaboration. This value can be found in a wide range of sectors such as enterprise tech, data analytics, fintech, healthcare, transportation, education, real estate, fashion, marketing, media and entertainment. ​

Teams with an Edge

What is your edge as a team? What do you know better / more than others, that will make this solution a success? We believe that with deep understanding of the problem, teams can actually make a difference. Please explain how your team has what it takes to make this happen and how we can support you reach your potential. ​


1 September 2022, 12:00 CET5
Application Period Open
5 October 2022, 12:00 CET
Deadline Applications
2 - 6 October 2022
First round selections
20-30 October 2022
Semi-Final interviews & DD
15 November 2022
Finals & Pitch Day

Want to grow your startup faster?

Research shows that funded startups grow significantly faster and have a higher likelihood to succeed. If you are an audacious women founder, with a strong vision and a collaborative spirit, this is your opportunity win a €100k investment and join the HearstLab community. Application window closed for 2022.