WBENC Raises the Stakes (and Opportunities!) for the 2018 Student Entrepreneur Program and Pitch Competition


The Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) is proud to announce the launch of the 2018 Student Entrepreneur Program (SEP). Now in its 10th year, SEP begins with the recruitment of the best and brightest of female entrepreneurship and culminates with an invigorating Pitch Competition for seed capital. Applications will be due February 23, 2018, and this year’s program will be held June 17-22, 2018 at the WBENC National Conference & Business Fair in Detroit, MI.

WBENC’s Student Entrepreneur Program is a week-long business development program for aspiring collegiate female entrepreneurs studying in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) or Business. The week-long program offers intensive mentorship from some of the most successful Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs) and America’s largest Fortune 500 companies. The week reaches an apex at the Pitch Competition where students put their novel ideas to the test.

Students, mentors, and supporters alike can expect variety at the Pitch Competition. Last year’s competition featured students persuasively pitching products or services ranging from beverages to fashion to health. Lauren Miller of UpDog Kombucha spoke to the business side of brewing kombucha, a fermented and bubbly tea-based drink. Sadie Lee Pierce, a semi-finalist for the National Retail Federation Next Generation Scholarship, demonstrated her retail smarts with a proposal involving RFID (Radio-Frequency Identification) products. Ana Sanchez took to the pitch stage with an app that helps students stay healthy, aptly named MyHealthyCampus.

2017 SEP Pitch Competition winners

2017 SEP Pitch Competition winners

The 2018 Pitch Competition is ramping up to be more high-powered and varied than ever, in part due to the increase in the prize offerings. This year, WBENC is proud to announce a prize of $10,000 in seed capital to the first place winner, followed by $6,000 and $4,000 to the second and third place winner. Much of this is made possible by SEP title sponsors FedEx and Allstate Insurance Company, Pitch Competition sponsor EY, and the incredible contributions made by WBENC Corporate Members and Certified WBEs to help develop the next generation of women entrepreneurs

WBENC is ready for an exhilarating 2018 SEP, and we want to share our excitement with you! Please help us share this opportunity:

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Empower a Student:

Do you know a collegiate woman entrepreneur? Encourage her to apply to WBENC’s Student Entrepreneur Program (WBENCSEP)! The application is open through February 23, 2018.

Learn More:

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Posted on November 1, 2017 and filed under SEP, NextGen.