WBENC’s Premier Startup Program for Female Founders Announces its 2019 Cohort and Pitch Competition

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The Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) is proud to announce the 23 female founders selected for the prestigious 2019 WBENC Student Entrepreneur Program (SEP) at WBENC's National Conference & Business Fair in Baltimore, Maryland from June 23-26.

SEP is a robust startup program for collegiate female founders supported by title sponsors FedEx and Allstate Insurance Co. With nearly 200 alumnae across the country, SEP is advancing the next generation of women entrepreneurs and each year hosts its on-site program during the WBENC National Conference and Business Fair where students participate in:

  • A week long on-site tailored entrepreneur curriculum for collegiate female entrepreneurs studying in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) or Business.

  • Pitch Competition awarding $20,000 in seed capital (1st Place - $10,000, 2nd Place - $6,000, 3rd Place - $4,000)

  • Mentoring from some of the most successful WBENC- Certified Women’s Business Enterprise (WBEs) and America’s largest Fortune 500 companies.

  • Showcase opportunity during the WBENC Business Fair for students to share their businesses with conference attendees.

  • Experiential learning through off-site visits to WBEs, corporate campuses, and accelerators.

  • Networking at the WBENC National Conference & Business Fair, the largest women’s business development conference in the country with 5,000+ attendees.

 In addition, SEP will welcome five alumnae from prior years as peer advisors to the current participants throughout the week made possible by Alumna Champion Sponsor, Shell Oil Company.

Stop by the SEP Pitch Competition held Thursday, June 25 from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the WBENC National Conference & Business Fair in Baltimore, Maryland to see these incredible female founders!

WBENC SEP 2019 COHORT:

Annie Calfo from Wake Forest University founder of  Espreado

Annie Calfo from Wake Forest University founder of Espreado

Bri Makaric from Michigan State University founder of  BRITE bites

Bri Makaric from Michigan State University founder of BRITE bites

Elise Smith from Stanford University founder of  Praxis Labs

Elise Smith from Stanford University founder of Praxis Labs

Grace Krell from East Carolina University founder of  SweetSip

Grace Krell from East Carolina University founder of SweetSip

Grace Wheeler from Wake Forest University founder of  Poize Workwear

Grace Wheeler from Wake Forest University founder of Poize Workwear

Hannah King from Florida State University founder of  Woven Futures, Co.

Hannah King from Florida State University founder of Woven Futures, Co.

Hunter Phelps from University of Michigan-Ann Arbor founder of  Terry Lu Naturals LLC

Hunter Phelps from University of Michigan-Ann Arbor founder of Terry Lu Naturals LLC

Jamie Kim from Cornell University founder of  bumble & butter

Jamie Kim from Cornell University founder of bumble & butter

Kareemah Mustafa from University of Maryland, College Park founder of  Sabreen Cosmetics

Kareemah Mustafa from University of Maryland, College Park founder of Sabreen Cosmetics

Karina Bao from Brown University founder of  Lila Inc.

Karina Bao from Brown University founder of Lila Inc.

Kat Samardzija from Grand Valley State University founder of  Locker Lifestyle

Kat Samardzija from Grand Valley State University founder of Locker Lifestyle

Leyanis Diaz from University College London founder of  Major Marketplace

Leyanis Diaz from University College London founder of Major Marketplace

Madison Frye from Brown University founder of  Kezari

Madison Frye from Brown University founder of Kezari

Mary McKeon from Stevens Institute of Technology founder of  Life Skills Software

Mary McKeon from Stevens Institute of Technology founder of Life Skills Software

Nathalya Ramirez-Urrea from The George Washington University founder of  Early Intervention Systems

Nathalya Ramirez-Urrea from The George Washington University founder of Early Intervention Systems

Neha Husein from Southern Methodist University founder of  Just Drive

Neha Husein from Southern Methodist University founder of Just Drive

Olivia Cook from Auburn University founder of  Snippety Snap, LLC

Olivia Cook from Auburn University founder of Snippety Snap, LLC

Olivia Feldman from Hofstra University founder of  OAK Creamery

Olivia Feldman from Hofstra University founder of OAK Creamery

Rey Mustafa from San Diego State University founder of  SOULMUCH

Rey Mustafa from San Diego State University founder of SOULMUCH

Sarah Makanjuola from Texas Christian University founder of  Sarah Jane Fitness

Sarah Makanjuola from Texas Christian University founder of Sarah Jane Fitness

Shelby Baldwin from Mississippi State University founder of  Rocketing Media LLC

Shelby Baldwin from Mississippi State University founder of Rocketing Media LLC

Tammy Dorsey from Wichita State University founder of  Prenatal Hope

Tammy Dorsey from Wichita State University founder of Prenatal Hope

Yolanda Martinez from University of the Incarnate Word - Feik School of Pharmacy founder of  Sinzuca Chocolates

Yolanda Martinez from University of the Incarnate Word - Feik School of Pharmacy founder of Sinzuca Chocolates

 


To learn more about the WBENC Student Entrepreneur Program, visit www.wbenc.org/SEP 

About WBENC
WBENC is the largest third-party certifier of businesses owned, controlled, and operated by women in the United States. WBENC partners with 14 Regional Partner Organizations (RPOs) to provide its world-class standard of certification to women-owned businesses throughout the country. WBENC is also the nation's leading advocate of women-owned businesses and entrepreneurs. Throughout the year, WBENC provides business development opportunities for member corporations, government agencies and more than 14,000 certified women-owned businesses at events and other forums. Learn more at www.wbenc.org

 
 
Posted on April 16, 2019 and filed under WBENC News.