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Salt Lake City — Grow America and Sage North America have announced the opening of the “She Can Pitch” competition for women-led businesses. Participants pitch their businesses in a two-minute video and use their social community to help vote and share. The top 50 will be judged by a panel of investors and mentors and award recipients will win cash, mentoring and a chance to pitch investors.
Grow America, an organization dedicated to helping entrepreneurs succeed and create jobs, and Sage North America, a provider of business management software and services to more than three million small and midsized businesses in the United States and Canada, partnered to launch this competition.
A total of $10,000 in cash will be awarded to three winning companies ($5,000 for first place, $3,000 for second and $2,000 for third). Winners will also receive a one-hour mentoring session from either John Suh, CEO of LegalZoom; Brian Meece, CEO of Rockethub; Andrea Rudert, director of marketing and partnership development of VITAMIN W; Corey Drushal, executive director of Bad Girl Ventures; Michelle Mccullough, managing director of Startup Princess; Dan Beldy, Founder & CEO of 11x; or Tom Ngo, Chief Product Officer of Idealab.
Additionally, winners will have a chance to pitch to an angel investor or venture capitalist and will receive a one-year subscription to Sage One, a cloud-based accounting, invoicing, task and time tracking solution for small businesses.
“At Grow America, our mission is to provide tools and a community for entrepreneurs,” said Cydni Tetro, president of Grow America. “Women-led businesses are a big component in the entrepreneurial ecosystem and they help create jobs. We’re excited to launch the ‘She Can Pitch’ competition in cooperation with Sage and to highlight and promote some of the great women-led businesses in the country.”
“For decades, Sage has been committed to helping entrepreneurs and small businesses succeed by delivering solutions that help them manage their businesses simply and effectively,” said Henry Benamram, vice president and general manager at Sage One. “Entrepreneurs and small businesses need all the help they can get. We are proud to partner with Grow America as the presenting sponsor of ‘She Can Pitch’ to help identify and assist some of the best women-led businesses in North America.”
In 2012, the State of Women-Owned Businesses Report found that there were 8.3 million women-owned businesses in America. Add the 6 percent of women CEOs in the United States and the number of women-led businesses escalates.
The competition opens on April 9. To participate, companies should submit a 30-second to two-minute video pitch, product or company pictures and answers to some simple questions. With prepared materials in hand, the signup process should only takes five to 10 minutes.
Companies can submit an entry at any time from April 9-30. Voting on entries will be open to the public from April 15-30. The top 50 entries with the most votes will advance to the final round for judging, where the businesses will be vetted and three winners will be chosen.
For more information about the competition, go to: GrowAm.com/Competition-Overview.