A few weeks ago, we asked our supporters to rally the troops and vote for us in the We Media Pitch It! Challenge, a contest in which finalists present their start-up ideas at the WeMedia conference for the chance to win a $25,000 grant. When the voting was over, we placed third overall, and first in the not-for-profit category — all thanks to you, our supporters! We were sure this would mean we were finalists in the challenge, since we were led to believe that votes would be a major deciding factor.
Today, everyone who voted in the competition received an email announcing the nine ideas chosen as finalists, and unfortunately, She’s the First was not among them. While we were disappointed to learn this, we were even more concerned that we had appealed so strongly to you to vote for us, when the votes had little to no effect on which ideas were chosen as finalists. So to those of you who voted, here’s our new promise and lesson learned: She’s the First will not ask for your vote in the future unless unless it is a contest where votes alone determine the winner or finalists.
But for now, we’ll wish the other contestants and finalists the best of luck, and shake off the bad news with some good!
• Did you know? The first congresswoman of the United States, Jeannette Rankin, began serving her first term on March 3, 1917.
• We were featured in the Huffington Post today, as part of the “Greatest Women of the Day” series for Women’s History Month!
• We’re going to a pool party – and we want you to come with us! Prime Produce (remember them from the prom last September? We raised over $600 that night!) is holding another fundraising event, and half of the ticket sale goes to the not-for-profit of the attendee’s choice. Save the date for March 12, and keep an eye out for more details, coming soon!