Investing in the Future of the WBENC Network

NextGen is an outreach program dedicated to nurturing the next generation of the WBENC network – millennial and Generation Z Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs) and supplier diversity professionals.

Throughout the year, the NextGen program provides targeted opportunities, education, and community building to help young women entrepreneurs and those who support them continue to grow and thrive.


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The NextGen program hosts regular virtual and in-person programs and events. Sign up to receive the latest updates on upcoming events and opportunities.


NextGen Pitch Competition

The NextGen Pitch Competition is an exclusive opportunity for millennial and gen-Z women entrepreneurs to elevate their business pitch. This multi-faceted program supports the next generation of women-owned businesses through pitch resources and coaching, promotion and exposure, and the opportunity to pitch and pursue business opportunities with Fortune 500 companies. The program culminates with a live pitch competition and the award of business grants for the winners.

Why Participate?

The pitch is one of a business owner’s most critical skills. Take your business pitch to the next level through education and personalized coaching from our experts. Then, put your pitch to practice within the WBENC network to build and strengthen your network, increase exposure and awareness of your business, and pursue contract opportunities with WBENC Corporate Members. Finally, if you are a WBENC-Certified WBE, you are also eligible to win financial grants to invest in your business and help fuel future growth.

Competition Format

  • Application Period: June 23 – August 6​
    • Companies will submit a 60-second pitch video with the application for consideration. ​
  • Video Showcase Round: August 16 – August 31​
    • The online video showcase will be open to the public for viewing. The top 25 pitches in the showcase as selected by a panel of judges will advance to the Semi-Final round.​
  • Semi-Final Round: September 23 | 1-3pm EST​
    • 25 participants will deliver a 3-minute pitch live on Zoom & participate in Q&A with the judges.​
  • Final Round: October 5 | 1-3pm EST​
    • Twelve finalists will deliver a four-minute pitch live on Zoom & participate in a Q&A with the judges. The WBE with the BEST pitch will win grant money to invest in her business.

Who Should Attend?

All millennial and Gen-Z women entrepreneurs under the age of 44 are encouraged to participate! You do not need to be certified by WBENC to participate in the Essentials for an Effective Pitch session, video Showcase or the Semi-Final Round. The Final Round will only feature NextGen WBENC-Certified WBEs.

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Semi-Final Round | September 23, 1-3pm EST

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Final Round | October 5, 1-3pm EST

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Program Details

WBENC launched the NextGen program in 2017, as part of our 20th anniversary celebration, as a way to nurture the next generation of women entrepreneurs and supplier diversity professionals within the WBENC network. Since then, we have hosted several in-person and virtual events and opportunities, including matchmaking, pitch coaching, education, networking, and community-building.

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Are you a WBE or Supplier Diversity professional within the WBENC network under the age of 40? Join our dynamic network of millennials.

Who Should Participate

As an outreach and development program, the NextGen is open to millennial and Gen Z women business owners, including WBENC-Certified Women’s Business Enterprises and those not yet certified, as well as millennial and Gen Z Supplier Diversity professionals.

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