Three Small Business Owners Victorious in Central Arkansas Pitch Competition
Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) aims to remove barriers and welcome all to the world of entrepreneurship. The Central Arkansas pitch competition was a collaboration between The Venture Center, Conductor, Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center and Innovate Arkansas, which formed a selection committee and selected pitch participants from a pool of regional applicants.
“GEW has served as a catalyst for collaboration between entrepreneurial support organizations throughout our state,” says Amy Hopper, Little Rock’s GEW Community Organizer. “I anticipate that the spirit of teamwork brought forth through GEW will bring long term value to our startup community.”
"We love any opportunity to partner with the other robust entrepreneur support organizations in our area," said Grace Rains, Director of Operation at Conductor, "This event provided a means to provide capital for entrepreneurs & celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week - it's really a win-win".
The virtual contest was held for small businesses in central Arkansas and featured three categories, giving startups in all developmental stages a chance to compete. A winner was chosen from each category with prize amounts ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. Overall, $18,500 was awarded to Central Arkansas small businesses.
Every participant benefitted from a one-on-one coaching session with a mentor, as well as a collective group pitch workshop. During the sessions, participants and mentors practiced the fundamentals of pitching, refining their message, and mentally preparing for the live event.
List of Winners
Audience Choice Award - $1,000 Winner: K Scott Consults, Keneasha Scott
Category 1 - $2,500 Winner: Eduscape, Kanesha Adams
Category 2 - $5,000 Winner: K Scott Consults, Keneasha Scott
Category 3 - $10,000 Winner: Eunoia Therapy & Self Development, Beatrice Klokpah
To learn more about the GEW Pitch Event, visit venturecenter.co/gew-pitch.
About The Venture Center
The Venture Center is a globally-recognized, Arkansas-based entrepreneurial support organization (ESO) that helps entrepreneurs turn their startups into viable, high-growth businesses. By leveraging the expertise of a world-class team of mentors, intensive programming and introductions to the investor community, The Venture Center serves as an engine for economic growth in Arkansas and beyond.
About the Conductor
The Conductor, a public-private partnership with the University of Central Arkansas and Startup Junkie, drives innovation, entrepreneurship and economic empowerment in Central Arkansas through high-impact programming, one-on-one consulting, commercialization support, talent development, collaboration, and maker training and rapid prototyping in UCA’s Makerspace, which is free-of-charge to students and the community.