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Wanted: Women as technology entrepreneurs

August 11, 2010 | 10:15 am

Women certainly have made their mark in Silicon Valley. Think Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg and Yahoo’s Carol Bartz.

But the relative paucity of female technology entrepreneurs remains a chronic problem.

So Arianna Huffington, Donna Karan and Sarah Brown are teaming up with i/o Ventures to identify the most promising female technology entrepreneur.

The award that comes with a $25,000 investment from i/o Ventures and several months' free office space at its headquarters in San Francisco will be presented at the inaugural WIE Symposium (which stands for Women: Inspiration & Enterprise) in New York City in September.

“We believe that female entrepreneurs are under-served and we want to help; we think that mentorship is important but even more so putting real money to work,” said i/o Ventures' co-founder Paul Bragiel.

The competition site can be found here. Women can apply here. The deadline is Sept. 10.

-- Jessica Guynn