A cash prize of USD 10,000 will be awarded to the winner and a 'rising star of 2023' will be recognised. All finalists will be given the opportunity to join Project Female Founder 2024, a year-long, global investor readiness, networking and mentorship program, that arms early-stage female founders with fundamentals to support their access to aligned capital. With partners Fortuna, Coralus, and Live True, the program consists of an investor readiness and pitch program, followed by access to the Coralus network to help build an ecosystem of support. Finalists will receive mentoring from UBS advisers, access to experienced entrepreneurs, venture capital firms and others in a global community, allowing you to build your regional and international contacts and to connect with UBS Next, the firm’s venture and innovation unit.

Cash prizes

Cash prize

A cash prize of USD 10,000 will be awarded to as the winner to help them on their journey as a founder. A stand out prize for the 'rising star of 2023' will also be awarded.



Mentorship from a senior member of the UBS management team. Access to a female-focused group of venture capital firms, the UBS Next team of advisors and other investors to mentor you on your funding journey.

For more advanced companies ($50m plus) an introduction to our own Corporate CVC fund and access to our global Growth Entrepreneur Network. 

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Project Female Founder

Be part of Project Female Founder, a year-long program focused on investor readiness and networking, including access to the global Coralus network of female entrepreneurs. You will have access to like-minded people wherever you are in the world, as well as receive guidance, training and inspiration.

Global profile

Global profile

Multiple speaker and publicity opportunities. Gain the recognition that comes from winning a prestigious award and build your profile by being shortlisted or winning a prize from one of the world's leading financial services organizations.


The following individuals will lead the judgement process and decide on the winner of Female Founder 2023 based on the categories: diversity, financial track record, growth potential and leadership. 

Alice Page - UBS

Chief of Staff to the President Global Wealth Management

Chetan Tolia - UBS

Head UBS Next

Marianna Mamou - UBS

Chief Investment Office, Head Advice Beyond Investing

Elizabeth Davis - Anthemis

Principal, Female Innovators Lab

Frank Floessel - ETH

Head of Entrepreneurship

Hear from 2021’s winner, Kimberley Abbott, Founder & CEO of Vested

"I can't thank UBS enough for their continued support and development as part of their Project Female Founder. The women and men of UBS have been so supportive this past year, and empowered me and Vested Impact to better empower others with the data we need for the future we want."

Kimberley Abbott, Founder & CEO of Vested, winner of the UBS Female Founder Award 2021