in Business

Honouring the top women in business
from around the world.


Eligibility requirements

Entries are now open for the
2020 Women in Business Awards!

We invite you to nominate the women who, over the last 12 months, have shown outstanding accomplishments in business and community service.

The criteria for consideration are tangible results and goals achieved.

The entry deadline is October 1, 2020 (Midnight).



There will be one Gold, five Silver, and ten Bronze winners in applicable categories.

We are seeking nominations in the following categories:

Female Entrepreneur of the Year
(1-25 employees)
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Female Entrepreneur of the Year
(25-100 employees)
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Female Entrepreneur of the Year
(101 or more employees)
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Female Entrepreneur of the Year - Nonprofit
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Rising Star
(For Female Entrepreneurs under 40)
> Nominate now

What winners receive

1. Seal of approval
Women in Business Awards winners receive the badge of honour.

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2. Certificate of achievement
All winners will receive a digital certificate,
so you can print and showcase your achievement!

3. Digital media coverage
All winners will be announced in our press release,
showcased online on our winners/finalists page, shared in Databird’s email newsletter (34K+ subscribers) and across social media platforms like Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

4. Feature in Databird Business Journal
All winners will be featured in our Women of the Week interviews series.

Jury Members

The jury includes the most creative minds, investors, business influencers, and journalists.

Anne-Laure Le Cunff

Anne-Laure Le Cunff is an entrepreneur, writer, ex-Googler, and neuroscience student at King’s College London. She founded Ness Labs, a venture studio building products with a focus on mindful productivity.


Shamma Raghib

Shamma Raghib is an Angel Investor with experiences in both founders and funders circles in EU and Australia. She recently founded Girls Get Funded when she realized that a lot of her female friends and female entrepreneurs often struggle to understand financial and investment concepts. Shamma loves data and technology driven startups and is currently advising a couple of SaaS, AI and Blockchain based startups globally. Apart from that she is also a SaaS Transformation Manager for Collibra (currently valued at $2.3B), having gone through Series A-through E with this company. For founders who have big ideas in Bangladesh but may lack a sense of direction and outreach, she's here to help make it happen.


Triin Linamagi

Triin is investing in fast-growing, early-stage technology companies at The Venture Collective. Before joining TVC, she was Investor at Founders Factory, a highly active early-stage investor, where she worked closely with corporates such as easyJet, The Guardian, and Aviva by looking after Travel, Media, FinTech, and DeepTech investments. Prior Founders Factory she was heading the ecosystem at Startupbootcamp FinTech. She has previously established a handful of technology businesses, and has years of experience building and supporting startups and providing them access to growth and finance. She was also recognized by Innovate Finance's 2018 and 2019 Women in FinTech Powerlist.


Paulina Szyzdek

Venture Scout at Female Founded Club;
Advisory Board at Lumus Investment Collective and at Hatchub; Venture Fellow/Campus Partner at GroundUp Ventures; Angel Investor - #FutureofWork, #FinTech, #Diversity;
Ambassador at Accelerated, WomenTech Network;


Vy Truong

Vy is an ex-Goldman Sachs investor and the Founder of AllCure - an online health and wellness platform for immigrants and minorities to connect users with healthcare providers who speak their native languages / understand their cultures and customs so that patient can get better treatment and lead a healthy life. Before starting AllCure, Vy used to work for a few early-stage startups wearing many hats and learned a ton about operations and building successful businesses. Vy started her career on Wall Street as an M&A investment banker focusing on SaaS companies. Vy graduated from Y Combinator Startup School and Stanford Rebuild and also won Techstars Startup Weekend competition.


Kookai Chaimahawong

Kookai is an investor at Pangaea Ventures, the world leading venture capital  in advanced materials innovation. At Pangaea, Kookai is focused on finding solutions that will solve the world’s biggest problems in health, climate and supply chain.
Prior to her role as a VC, Kookai is widely recognized as a social innovator with experience in using impact evaluation to help organizations capture untapped growth opportunities. Previously, she was a partnership consultant for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) where her primary role was to form a public-private partnership alliance to promote the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the Asia Pacific.
Kookai holds an MBA from the University of British Columbia in Entrepreneurship and Innovation and a B.A. from Chulalongkorn University in Thailand.


Dr Ruchi Dana

Dr Ruchi Dana is a qualified medical practitioner, who has transitioned successfully into a seasoned entrepreneur and Business Leader. Ruchi did her MD from AMU and her full-time MBA from Stanford University.
Dr Ruchi is actively involved in strategic planning for Dana Group and manages the family office investments. Ruchi has also worked with Golden Seeds, an investment firm in New York and New Silk Route Growth Capital, a PE firm in Dubai, she has mainly focused on healthcare related investments at both these firms.


Irene Atkins

Irene Atkins (also known as IA or “The Futuristic Mystic”) is an investor, startup advisor, venture designer, and futurist on a mission to redefine the human experience through the powerful vehicles of venture, art, design, technology, science, culture, and conscious capital.
Irene now works as a founding partner at New Mindfulness, a futurist foundry that designs, funds, and scales iconic, paradigm-shifting consumer tech ventures primed for mass adoption and global ubiquity. Ultimately, Irene is laser-focused on building and funding movements that work to create a more sustainable, equitable, and fulfilling future for us all.


Pippa Lamb

Pippa is a Partner at Sweet Capital where she focuses on early stage consumer technology investments ranging from software and next generation social communities to fintech. Prior to Sweet, Pippa worked in private equity at LVMH-backed L-Catterton, where she was part of the investment team that worked on a $175m co-invest with JD.com into China's largest luxury e-commerce player, and previously spent five years at J.P. Morgan in London and Hong Kong, where she was part of the global equity strategy team, analysing companies in the large cap technology and consumer space.


Abby Lyall

Abby Lyall is the Program Director for Big Idea Ventures' NYC accelerator, where she focuses on identifying top alternative protein companies for investment and helping founders grow and scale their businesses. Prior to joining the BIV team, Abby was the second employee at Quake Capital Partners, where she ran five accelerator programs, worked with over 100 portfolio companies across industries, and assisted in the accelerator's expansion to three different locations. Abby holds a degree in Finance and Data Science from New York University's Stern School of Business and previously founded a startup in the education technology space.


Jaclyn Selby

Jaclyn Selby is Executive Director/CEO of the Momental Foundation, a nonprofit grantmaker and impact-focused hardware accelerator located in SF Bay Area. Momental's flagship initiative is the Mistletoe Research Fellowship, bringing together university scientists and hardware startups in collaboration for social good (learn more at momentalfound.org).
When not leading the charge at Momental, she serves as Technology Evangelist for Taizo Son’s Mistletoe, Inc. “Collective Impact Community,” a global venture organization.


Kathy Caprino

Kathy Caprino, M.A. is a career and leadership coach, a Forbes senior contributor, TEDx
speaker, LinkedIn influencer, and host of the Finding Brave podcast (which has ranked in Top
100 Apple Career Podcasts in the U.S. and beyond). Her mission is to support the advancement
of women in business around the globe. Kathy is a speaker on topics spanning women’s
empowerment, overcoming workplace adversity, effective communication, entrepreneurship,
personal growth, and navigating change.


Ly Cecilia Nguyen

Ly is the co-founder and CEO of Leigh & Siena, a direct-to-consumer fashion e-commerce business. After 11 years in management consulting advising Fortune 500 executives, she founded Leigh & Siena and Modish Rebels with the mission to empower women of all body shapes and sizes through fashion. She is a board member of Green Dot Public Schools and Safe Place for Youth.


Nikita Arora

Nikita is an investor with a background in public markets. Her deep interest in healthcare (chronic illnesses) and elderly has led her to bring her investing skillset to the private markets, where she is involved in helping start-ups in that space grow by advising them on strategy & operations. She is also an enthusiastic cook and the COVID pandemic has inspired her to document her cooking into a cookbook, which is coming out in November 2020. When not thinking about the markets or start-ups, Nikita can be found reading, biking, walking, listening to podcasts, and drinking wine.

Niki Torres

Niki has 12+ years of experience in communications, growth, and digital marketing. She’s currently the founder, producer, and host of Chief Best Friends, a podcast helping women succeed in work and business through meaningful friendships.
As an extension of the podcast, she also writes, a bi-weekly email for Asia’s female founders called BFFs, bringing together resources on growing a business, cultivating friendships, and seeking opportunities for funding.


Selecting winners and finalists

Finalists and winners will be determined by the average score submitted by the jury. Winners will only be chosen for categories with worthy entries.

Finalists and winners will be announced in October 2020.

Key dates

Entries close: October 1, 2020 (Midnight)
Judging the entries: October 7, 2020 – October 23, 2020
Finalists announced: October 28, 2020
Winners announced: October 29, 2020

Things to prepare

1. 500-word description of the nominee's achievements in the last 12 months.

2. Hyperlinks to any news coverage, press releases or materials supporting the submission.

3. 100-word executive biography of the nominee.

4. That's it!