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Business Plan and Pitch Competition

The WomanUp & Pitch Business Plan and Pitch Competition is a funding opportunity for women who wish to start or grow an existing for-profit business. Entry applications will be accepted starting in September and three virtual contests will be held in 2021. Thirty total finalists will be selected, ten in each location, divided into two categories: growth and lifestyle. All finalists receive support services and technical assistance. Winners in each category at each location will be awarded cash prizes as follows:

1st Place — $10,000
2nd Place — $5,000
3rd Place — $2,500
Audience Choice — $1,000 (One winner per location)

The top thirty finalists are connected to advisors, coaches and mentors who provide professional services and expert advice as the women create viable business plans and prepare to take the stage to pitch their idea to a panel of business experts and an audience of other entrepreneurs, small business owners, potential investors, and business and community leaders. The business plans, reviewed in advance of the pitch by each judge, account for 60% of the final score; the pitch accounts for 40%. Businesses must be at least 51% women-owned.

Important Dates
January 28 – Grand Rapids Virtual Pitch Competition- WATCH RECORDING.
February 4 – Jackson Virtual Pitch Competition- WATCH RECORDING.
February 16 – Detroit Virtual Pitch Competition – WATCH LIVE.

Introducing the Grand Rapids Finalists

GooGenius Draw Club Online: Weekly drawing classes for kids ages 7-18 in Holland, Grand Rapids, or virtually. Googenius.com

Happy Bar Services: Offering bartending services from the guest’s bar, a venue’s bar, or from the bar provided by Happy Bar Services. Happybarservices.com

Hey Sugar: A mobile cotton candy company using only organic sugar and natural flavors and colors. Heysugarcottoncandy.com

Live Your Song LLC: Children’s book series and workshops dedicated to teaching social-emotional learning (SEL) strategies to teach children the practice of self-love, self-worth, self-confidence, self-identify and self-fulfillment. Melodyssong.com

Jessica Ludlow LLC: Helping coaches attract their dream clients and market themselves online. Iamjessicaludlow.com

Local Barter Market: Provides a platform for people and business to supplement their income by bartering the skills and services they have to get what they need. Localbartermarket.com

Mogo Fuel LLC: Fuel concierge service enabling busy people to function at their highest level of production by bringing gasoline directly to their vehicles. Mogofuel.com

Wear Your Curls: Helping those with naturally curly hair love, embrace, and wear their natural hair by providing the right tools, products, tips, tricks, and advice. Wearyourcurls.com

Introducing the Jackson Finalists

BluWave Wellbeing, Midland: A company that partners with organizations to integrate ‘play’ into their professional DNA and to to positively impact employee wellbeing and workplace culture. Bluwavewellbeing.com

Community Health Focus Inc., Ann Arbor: An interactive platform offering personalized, systemic navigation for pain patients offering pain management treatment options, and personalized daily support so they can stay on a course of action.

Cultured Kombucha Co, Traverse City: The first kombucha microbrewery in northern Michigan, creating a minimally processed and organic probiotic health beverage. Drinkcultured.com

I Am a Genius, Metro Detroit: An inspirational brand that motivates individuals to cultivate the genius within offering apparel, mentorship programming, training workshops and speaking engagements. Iamagenius.net

MedPros Share, Marquette: An online marketplace that connects sellers and purchasers of medical training resources and educational tools. Medprosshare.com

Redibandz, Bay City: Patent-pending, water-resistant medicament silicone wristbands designed to provide immediate access to life-saving medications, such as aspirin at the onset of heart attack symptoms. Redi-bandz.com

Riker’s Dog Treats, Bath: Dog treats made with 100% human-grade ingredients with no fillers, preservatives or artificial coloring. Rikersdogtreats.com

Touch of Gray Interiors, Wakefield: Offers professional cleaning, decorating, and painting services in the Gogebic County and surround areas. Touchofgrayinteriors.com

Click here to register to attend the Grand Rapids WomanUp & Pitch Competition

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