80 Women Entrepreneurs. 4 Brackets. 1 Winning Pitch.
WBENC is excited to introduce WBENCPitch, a large, tournament-style elevator pitch competition for WBENC-Certified Women's Business Enterprises (WBEs) taking place March 12-13 at the 2019 WBENC Summit & Salute in Houston, Texas.
Eighty women entrepreneurs, divided into four tournament brackets, will deliver their best 90-second elevator pitch to a panel of judges from America's Top Corporations for WBEs. Each bracket will be hosted by representatives from WBENC’s 14 Regional Partner Organizations. Following the judges' deliberations, 20 competitors will move on to the semi-finals for a second round of pitching, this time with two minutes to pitch and a short Q&A with the judges. Finally, four competitors will make it to the final round, where they will have three minutes to deliver their best pitch live onstage at the WBENC Salute! Dinner.
The winner of the inaugural WBENCPitch tournament will be presented with $5,000 and their choice of a full conference registration including an exhibit booth for the 2019 WBENC National Conference & Business Fair in Baltimore, MD OR one spot in the WBENC Executive Education Program of their choice in 2020.
How to Participate
We encourage all WBENC-Certified WBEs to apply for the opportunity to deliver your best elevator pitch to judges from America's Top Corporations for WBEs!
Applications are due by Friday, February 22, 2019.
To participate, you must be:
A WBENC-Certified Women's Business Enterprise in good standing.
The female owner of the company.
Registered for the full Summit & Salute by Friday, February 22.
Ready to pitch your current business, not a future endeavor or innovation.
After February 22, a closed committee at WBENC will select the final participants. The official tournament bracket will be revealed on Tuesday, March 5, also known as Tournament Tuesday!