Startup Pitch Contest 2020

The Global Inclusion Online Forum Startup Pitch Contest is one of the first pitches that offered a platform to early stage startups that are dealing with diversity & inclusion issues. 

The participants of the Startup Program became part of the Online Startup Expo where they presented their product to a global audience of HR, diversity and inclusion professionals and pitched their ideas to the representatives of top organizations focused on diversity and inclusion investments.

Startup Pitching

Applicants qualified for the final will get a chance to pitch their startups at one of the Startup Pitch Session on Friday, September 4th.

 The prize fund will be distributed between the winner and the runner-up in this manner:

  • The Winner gets 66.6 % of the prize money

  • The Runner-up gets 33.3 % of the prize money


  • Your product must deliver a unique solution to boost inclusion and diversity
  • Your product has not passed pre-seed stage (i.e. you have an idea/proof of concept/minimal viable product, but have not attracted a seed investment yet)

Competition schedule

  • Application and Recruitment Period: till 27 August 2020
  • Finalists Selection: 28–29 August 2020
  • Pitch Preparations’ Testing sessions: 30–31 August 2020
  • Pitch Presentations: 4 September 2020 (in a separate stream of the Online Forum)
  • Winners Announcement: 4 September 2020

GIOF Startup package

  • 3 tickets for 1 — by paying for one ticket your team of maximum three people will get full access to the Forum’s virtual platform
  • networking opportunities and a 20% discount to each paid workshop
  • your startup will get a virtual booth at our startup expo and will get a chance to be among 21 finalists to compete in the Pitch Contests
  • you will be able to network with all participants of the forum — Diversity & Inclusion leaders from global corporations, HR-executives and consultants, NGO leaders fighting for the rights of underrepresented groups and minorities


Selection committee

Selection committee will consist of Startup Gurus, VCs and Accelerators representatives.

Our jury will choose the winner and a runner-up among the preselected finalists.

In order to participate, please register for the GIOF and apply for competition.

Startup pitch terms and conditions