Pitch Competition & Symposium to Empower

EQUALIZE 2024 Pitch Competition -Apply Now!

Established in 2020, Equalize is a comprehensive program designed to take national action around the disparity of women academic inventors forming university startups. Equalize participants receive education, a field-specific mentor, and access to networks that drive new entrepreneurial connections. Equalize candidates can include faculty, postdocs, and grad students in STEM disciplines. While mostly a virtual program, an in-person component is also planned in the future. Applications for the 2024 program are now open – please check the Pitchers page for more information.


  • Pitchers must hold an academic appointment (tenured/tenure track/research) or a post-doc or graduate student position at an academic research institution as well as have a pending or issued patent or copyright.
  • Product concept no more than 5 years from IND or product launch
    No formal incorporation required. However, if a startup has been formed, the company should not have raised more than $1M USD.
  • Ability to attend at least a single 1-hour Zoom meeting per month January — June 2024 with their mentor
  • Attendance and participation in the final pitch day: June 20, 2024
  • Technology is a STEM innovation in one of these categories:
    • MedTech
    • Therapeutics
    • Physical Sciences


  • November 17, 2023 – Applications Due
  • November-December, 2023 – Application Review
  • Late December 2023 – Pitchers Announced
  • January — June 2024 – Pitcher/Mentor monthly 1:1 meetings, 1 hr per month minimum, Education sessions (8 to 10 in total), Cohort meetings
  • April 29 or April 30, 2024 – Planned in-person experiential learning day in Cambridge, MA (New for 2024!)
  • May-June 2024 – 30 minute practice sessions
  • June 20, 2024 – Virtual pitch event