LTST23 Startup Pitch Track

11-12 October – Vienna & Online

14 European startups (7 pre-seed and 7 seed) are joining us in Vienna at the LEAD TODAY. SHAPE TOMORROW. conference to pitch their ideas to thousands of live and virtual attendees!

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TOP 30 STARTUPS report

The 5th edition of LEAD TODAY. SHAPE TOMORROW. by Female Founders is hosted under the slogan “Redefining the Status Quo in European Tech”. This is why this year’s LTST Startup Pitch Competition called for gender-diverse founders to demonstrate the strength of ideas developed with different perspectives at the table and the innovative lens that inclusion brings to the tech and innovation ecosystem.

Meet the TOP 30 STARTUPS that are redefining the status quo in European tech


30 incredible startups were hand-picked from almost 200 applications to the LTST23 Startup Pitch Track by renowned ecosystem players. They were rated on their growth potential and their contribution to building a more inclusive future.

The report has been prepared in partnership with


LTST Startup Pitch Track

in numbers


We are looking for 7 pre-seed & 7 seed startups from all over Europe.

Jury Members

You will pitch your ideas to a jury of 9 business leaders, VCs, and angel investors.


We will pick the 1st and 2nd winners in the seed and pre-seed categories separately.

What you bring to the table


Diversity in the startup ecosystem exists – and we are prioritising it! This is why in 2023, we are looking for diverse teams with highly innovative and scalable ideas.

Positive Impact

We want to see startups that aim to make a positive impact on society, focus on diversity or sustainability, and operate within the areas of Climate Tech, Health Tech & Fem Tech, Education & HR, Fintech & Insurtech or Circular Economy. 


Application is just the start; your mindset of making the most out of the experience makes the difference! You are eager to raise money and committed to making the most of your pitch – and to rocking that stage at ODEON Theater in October!

What we promise

Attractive Prizes

The 4 winners of the Startup Pitch Track will be awarded great prizes from the LTST and ecosystem partners.

Top-30 Report

Female Founders will feature the 30 most promising startups received in the applications across its channels, which are currently followed by over 68k entrepreneurial minds!

Spotlight on YOU

The startups participating in the LTST Pitch Track will be promoted before, during, and after the conference in event materials, digital channels, community networks, and in the local media.