Please join Michigan Women’s Foundation, in partnership with Ford Motor Company Fund, as the twelve social entrepreneur finalists in the ideation, launch and growth categories pitch for cash prizes, investments and professional services.

EmpowerHER launched with an educational summit in June, after which finalists were selected from more than 130 concept papers reviewed by high achieving professionals, entrepreneurs and corporate leaders. 

The twelve finalists are:


Every Two Minutes 

   Erin Rose, Kayla Schindler

Branches and Bridges 

   Jennifer Morgan

Antique Touring

   Lisa Stolarksi

Purnell Provisions

  Kimberly Watts 


Motor City STEAM

   Alecia Gabriel, Chinonye Akunne, Deirdre Roberson

Eden Urban Farms, LLC

   Kimberly Buffington

Bags To Butterflies, L3C

   Michelle Smart 

Women Who Weld  

   Samantha Farr


The Mushroom Factory 

   Deanna Wojcik 

Mend on the Move 

   Joanne Ewald 

TheraB Medical Products 

   Alexa Jones


   Ashlee Trempus