Applications Open for The 2018 AWE Pitch

Jul 30, 2018

Applications are open for The AWE Pitch, an opportunity for women founders to perfect their pitch in order to grow their business.

Presented by the Alliance of Women Entrepreneurs (AWE), The Pitch provides two sessions through which founders can refine their content and delivery while connecting with AWE’s powerful network of seasoned women founders in the mid-Atlantic Region. The Pitch participants have the unique opportunity to gain insight and advice from women founders who have “been there and done that” successfully. 

The winner will receive a $10,000 prize, and $5,000 in free legal services provided by Pepper Hamilton with admittance to their program for startup and early-stage entrepreneurial development. The award also includes an AWE membership, a designated mentor, and introductions to AWE’s partner network.

So, who’s perfect for The AWE Pitch? The ideal candidate is a female founder with an established business that she intends to scale, ideally into a high-growth company. The venture is likely in the early stages of launching a product or service, but is beyond the idea stage. Criteria include: 

  • The start-up must be supported by a business model and an identified target market.  
  • There must be some early sales revenue or proven interest by potential customers or partners in the target market. 
  • The applicant must be the Founder (or Co-founder) and CEO of the start-up venture.  
  • The company must be based in the Greater Philadelphia Region. 

“At the AWE competition, I was deeply touched and excited by the support I received, and the great opportunity to be mentored,” said Nonya Collier, Founder of Cozily Home and winner of The AWE Pitch 2017. “The workshops in preparation for the competition showed me what an awesome opportunity interacting with AWE members is.”

Applications for The AWE Pitch close September 24, 2018. In October, candidates will have the opportunity to participate in the prep sessions. The first session will be on October 4, 2018 and hosted by Pepper Hamilton. The second session will be on October 11, 2018 and hosted by Duane Morris. 

Finalists will compete in front of a public audience on November 12, 2018 at The Pitch event, held in conjunction with the AWE Intersection. Thank you to Morgan Lewis for sponsoring The Pitch final.