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The Pitch

The purpose of EPR Women’s Network Enterprise Pitch is to empower emerging start-up for profit or non-profit social entrepreneurs by providing a financial seed grant and business support to help grow and scale their business in 2021. In this free and open pitch competition, any female sole entrepreneur or team building an impactful business that (with less than $10,000 USD in funding) can apply.

How will it work?

  • There is no cost to apply however applicants must be registered for the 2020 Emergence Conference – Illuminate to participate in the Pitch.
  • Complete application form and submit by October 31
  • Applications will be reviewed and 5 finalists will be selected to participate in a virtual “Pitch” day.
  • On the “Pitch” day, each final contestant will pitch their business plan to the investor judges and have a chance to impress them within 5 minutes.
  • The top 3 winners will be selected and announced at the 2020 Emergence Conference – Illuminate on November 21, 2020.
    • First Prize – Social Enterprise Champion- $2500
    • Second Place- $1500
    • Third Place – $1000
  • Award prizes and business support services will be provided from January 4, 2021

Eligibility Criteria

In order to be eligible, the business must be in the early stage of the start-up. Participants must have registered for the 2020 Emergence Conference and submit their application by October 31st, 2020.
  • Have a business, or business idea, with less than $10,000 USD in funding.
  • Business must, in the sole discretion of the judges, be creating products that can positively shape the future of society, including those addressing gender and racial equality, clean technology, food and water, fertility, financial inclusion, housing and urban planning, governance and democracy, education, healthcare and other related fields.
  • Submit a 3 min video and a pitch deck as part of the application process

Frequently Asked Questions

Who should apply?
If you are a female start-up or entrepreneur with a business idea that you believe will create a positive impact, you are  invited to be part of this opportunity and turn your vision into reality.
What is a social enterprise?
A market based, income generating enterprise with a mission to solve a social or environmental problem through its activities.
What is the Pitch?
The EPR Social Enterprise Pitch is a business plan competition for entrepreneurs with innovative business ideas or start-ups that use a positive social and environmental impact model. It aims to empower and showcase emerging social entrepreneurs who will pitch their business idea to a panel of judges to be considered for a grant award. Participants compete for a prize package including cash, pro-bono services, and the chance to join the EPR Network as the latest founder of an innovative business idea!
Where will the competition take place?
The competition is global, and all demos and activities will take place on a virtual platform.




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