Winners receive cash, mentoring, investor pitching opportunity, and free Sage One subscription
Grow America Inc., 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, today announced the opening of the “She Can Pitch” competition for women-led businesses.
The competition opened on April 9. Cash prizes totaling $10,000 will be awarded to three winning companies ($5,000 for first place, $3,000 for second and $2,000 for third). Winners will also each 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; or Corey Drushal, executive director at Bad Girl Ventures. They will each also have a chance to pitch to an angel investor and venture capitalist and be awarded 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 support entrepreneurs and help grow jobs,” said Cydni Tetro, president of Grow America. “Woman play an integral role in America’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, and they are a force for job creation. We’re pleased to launch the ‘She Can Pitch’ competition in cooperation with Sage and promote some of the best women-run 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, 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 stated 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. With an increase in women running and owning businesses, there is a need for resources, such as cash, mentoring and access to investors.
To participate, companies should submit a 30-second to two-minute video pitch, product or company pictures, and answers to simple questions. With prepared materials, the signup process takes five to 10 minutes.
Companies can submit an entry at any time from April 9-30. Entry voting will be open to the public April 15 through the 30. The top 50 entries with the most votes will be submitted to final round for judging, where the business will be vetted and three winners will be chosen.
For more information about the competition go to: http://www.growam.com/competition-overview
About Grow America
Grow America is dedicated to helping entrepreneurs be successful by providing them with resources that assist them in building a strong company that will strengthen the economy and stimulate job growth. As an organization, they align partners, mentors and capital that the entrepreneurs need to create, launch and grow successful companies. For more information, visit www.GrowAm.com. Follow Grow America on Facebook, Facebook.com/GrowAmeriica, and Twitter, Twitter.com/GrowAmerica.
Sage is a leading global supplier of business management software and services for small and midsized businesses. The Sage Group plc, formed in 1981, was floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1989 and now employs more than 13,500 people and supports more than 6 million customers worldwide. For more information about Sage in North America, please visit the company website at NA.Sage.com. Follow Sage North America on Facebook, Facebook.com/SageNorthAmerica, and Twitter, Twitter.com/SageNAmerica.
Sage North America
Communications Manager at Grow America
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