Opportunities and Grants for Women Entrepreneurs

WBENCPitch is a signature WBENC program featuring a series of pitch competitions and educational sessions to help WBEs hone their business pitch, gain meaningful exposure, and compete for grants and other prizes to invest in their business.

Thanks to the support & partnership from the incredible WBENCPitch sponsors, WBENC will be awarding the following prizes.

Product Company Division:

  • 1st Place = $25,000
  • Runner Up = $15,000

Services Company Division:

  • 1st Place = $25,000
  • Runner Up = $15,000

2024 WBENCPitch National Competition is off and running!

The 2024 WBENCPitch competition focuses on creating a platform for WBEs to AMPLIFY their businesses. Each round of the competition will highlight a different element of the pitch – the introduction, solution, and value.

WBENC and the 14 Regional Partner Organizations (RPOs) are ready to help you prepare for the 2024 WBENCPitch National Competition.

In order to maximize your experience and AMPLIFY your business along the way, follow these steps!

  1. Apply through your Regional Partner Organization – details below on each RPO First Round!
  2. Get ready to pitch by attending a WBENC Pitch Academy Session



How to Apply

WBEs will apply to participate through their local Regional Partner Organization (RPO) in the first round, for a chance to pitch in the National Semi-Finals & Finals.

WBE’s should ensure the following:

  • WBENC certification is up to date & in good standing
  • Identify which RPO you belong to using the map
  • Locate your RPO’s application including the link, requirements, competition dates & deadline to submit
  • CWE
    • Applications open 5/30/2024 –  6/7/2024
  • Great Lakes WBC
    • Applications open TBA
  • GWBC (Applications open 5/1/2024 – 7/29/2024)
  • WBCS
    • Applications open 7/15/2024 – 8/2/2024
  • WBDC Midwest
    • Applications open 6/2/2024 – 7/8/2024
  • WBEA
    • Applications open 3/1/2024 – 5/1/2024
  • WBEC East
    • Applications open 8/1/2024 – 8/30/2024
    • Applications open 6/19/2024 –  7/10/2024
  • WBEC Pacific
    • Applications open 4/1/2024 – 8/1/2024
  • WBEC South 
    • Applications open 3/18/2024 – 4/30/2024
  • WBEC West
    • Applications open 3/1/2024 – 8/1/2024
WBENC Pitch Competition



2023 WBENCPitch National Competition

In 2023, WBENC again partnered with our 14 Regional Partner Organizations to deliver the national 2023 WBENCPitch Momentum Competition, brought to you by FedEx and PepsiCo. 

Thanks to the support from FedEx and PepsiCo, the 2nd place winner was awarded $20K, and the grand prize winner received $50K!

Read more about the 2023 WBENCPitch MOMENTUM National Competition in the recap article here. 

2023 WBENCPitch brought to you by
Highlights from WBENCPitch Competitions
WBENCPitch Finals 2022
Upcoming Academy Sessions
Benefits of Participating in WBENCPitch
"The WBENCPitch competition was one of the main things that changed the trajectory of our business Nerdbugs. I initially entered the contest to improve my public speaking skills and work on my pitch to get feedback. Much to my delight I made it to the national WBENCPitch contest in 2022 in Washington, DC. It was an incredible event to be able to get our brand on the eyes of key decision-makers at major retailers and corporations. WBENC also creates an atmosphere for collaboration and camaraderie and all of the national finalists were helping each other out during the competition. Participating in the WBENC pitch not only left me with connections and confidence but also meaningful lifelong friendships."
Ronak Mehta, MD
Founder & CEO, Nerdbugs
Ronak Mehta, MD
My experience in competition in the WBENCPitch tournament was amazing. The ability to connect with fellow WBEs as we cheered each other on in our pivot journey created a moment that I will always remember. Because I took the bold step, I was able to experience an awesome opportunity.
Domonique Townsend
Founder, We Optimize Work
Domonique Townsend
Subscribe and check back soon for more information about our 2024 WBENCPitch National Competition Semi-Finals and Finals, following RPO Regional Competitions. 
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