WOMEN’S BEST PITCH AWARDS HANDBOOK 

 

Our inaugural Women’s Best Awards℠ | Best Pitch 2020 focuses on the best pitches presented by women entrepreneurs for: best overall pitch, best sales pitch and best fundraising pitch. 

 

Prize packages are valued at over $5,000.00 USD with in-kind services, products, and cash! Specific prize packages for each of the winners for best overall pitch, best sales pitch and best fundraising pitch, are updated regularly on this website as additional prizes may be added to the package(s). Each prize package may contain different prizes within it but all include a minimum $1,000.00 USD cash prize each.

 

This Competition offers you an opportunity to close the deal and get your company the attention it deserves. 

 

All applicants are encouraged to attend the free event, invite family and friends to attend, and help support women entrepreneurs by sharing the event. 

 

APPLICATION DETAILS & KEY INFORMATION: 

 

Submitting Application October 1, 2020 - October 18, 2020 (extended from October 14, 2020):

 

Each Applicant must submit the following complete application via the application website to be considered for the final round and Women’s Best Awards℠ | Best Pitch 2020 on November 5, 2020: 

  • 90-second video (maximum) about your company with your application - video must convey: 

    • your mission/what problem your product solves

    • your ask/if you will pitch for sales or fundraising

    • how this opportunity will help you/your company

    • 90 second video link: Video quality does not matter but the 90 second max does, check the time on your video link. Submit video by sharing your YouTube, Vimeo, Google, or dropbox file link on the application. 

  • Applications are submitted on the application website (opens October 1, 2020): https://womensbestawards.typeform.com/to/I2bCFLn0

  • Applicants must include a copy of their pitch deck (sales or fundraising) they will use if selected as a finalist and invited to pitch on November 5th, 2020. Submit your pitch deck on the application website. 

  • Event website: https://www.womensbestawards.com/

  • Applicants must be registered to attend the event on the ticketing website: https://startupspace.app/detail-normal-events/11982/2020_08_31/20_42 


 

 Important Dates and Finalists Invited to Pitch November 5, 2020: 

  • Applications open October 1, 2020

  • Applications close October 18, 2020 (extended from October 14, 2020)

  • The Event Organizer reserves the right to adjust application dates when necessary, and necessary entities/individuals which may include individually or separately, the event sponsors, attendees, or applicants will be updated in the event of a date change. Date changes may only increase into the future, not decrease, the time of any application or event date. This handbook will reflect any updates made to any date. 

  • Judges will narrow the applicants down to the top six finalists (Application Round of Judging) based on the applicants complete application, clarity of information and energy of the submitted 90 second video before semi-finalists are notified October 26, 2020. 

  • Applicants must be able to attend and participate at the November 5, 2020 event and stay for the entire event. 

  • At the Women’s Best Awards℠ | Best Pitch 2020 live event on November 5, 2020, the top six finalists will have five minutes to present their pitch followed by an estimated five minutes for questions from judges (question time may be adjusted for time as needed during the event).   

  • Judges will narrow the finalists down to the best overall pitch, best sales pitch and best fundraising pitch (Final Round of Judging) based on the finalists’ Value Proposition, Validation, Clarity, and Demo

  • The best overall pitch, best sales pitch and best fundraising pitch winners will be announced live at the event November 5, 2020. 

  • Prizes awarded will be fulfilled by December 18, 2020


 

ADDITIONAL CRITERIA:

 

  • The finalists will be invited to pitch at the Women’s Best Awards℠ | Best Pitch 2020 on November 5, 2020 via zoom, Google meet or other virtual platform. The winners for best overall pitch, best sales pitch, and best fundraising pitch will receive a prize package valued at over $1,500.00 USD each with in-kind services, products, and cash! 

  • Winners and finalists’ logo and link to the website of choice will be displayed on the event website until the 2021 second annual event season commences.

  • Women’s Best Awards℠ | Best Pitch 2020 is committed to keeping our community safe with a 100% virtual event, attendees will be able to watch the Women’s Best Pitch awards November 5, 2020 from the comfort of their homes. 

  • Finalists selected will pitch virtually, on camera, allowing attendees to watch live. The video will be recorded and may be live streamed now or in the future and may be used for future event promotional purposes. 

  • If you are selected and are unable to pitch virtually, or require special accommodation, please reach out to kalen@thecommons.co within two weeks of the event and we will determine the possibility of other arrangements. 

  • All CDC guidelines will be upheld.


 

ELIGIBILITY: 

 

  • Any Colorado, woman identifying, entrepreneur or woman-led, woman-founded, or woman-owned, company may apply, as this ensures the purpose for which the Women's Entrepreneurial Council program initiative of the Commons on Champa was created is specifically worked towards. The Commons on Champa is a nonprofit community resource and economic development initiative established to foster innovation and entrepreneurship in building an inclusive, vibrant local economy, programs and events for all entrepreneurs, regardless of the initiative, can be found at www.thecommons.co.   

  • Applicant must comply with requirements and dates noted in the Application Details and Key information and Additional Criteria sections above.

  • At each level, the Pitch Competition judges have the final say in who advances to the next round.

  • Prize Package and event - Pitch Competition donors and sponsors directly benefit the winners of the Women’s Best Awards℠ | Best Pitch 2020, founded by the Women's Entrepreneurial Council and any event related expenses. 

  • The Women's Entrepreneurial Council program initiative is Managed & Operated by the Downtown Denver Partnership, 501(c)3 organization, via their subsidiary the Commons on Champa. The Women's Entrepreneurial Council program initiative is led by a team of volunteers serving under the Downtown Denver Partnership. The Women’s Entrepreneurial Council is the Event Organizer for the Women’s Best Awards℠ | Best Pitch 2020.  

  • Competition. The prize packages are valued at over $1,500.00 USD each and include in-kind services, products, and cash, within three prize packages, and will be given to each winner, one each for: best overall pitch, best fundraising pitch, and best sales pitch. 

  • Winners may not win in more than one category and prize packages may not include identical prize items.

  • If you are interested in donating or sponsoring, please reach out to Kalen Acquisto at  kalen@thecommons.co to be connected with our fundraising committee. 

 

Sponsor, Supporter, and FundHER Disclosure: 

  • Sponsors, donors and supporters are not affiliated with and do not endorse any partner, exhibitor, sponsor or the products or services offered or advertised or otherwise referenced on this website or any event or other third party affiliated with this event, and do not guarantee the accurateness, validity, effectiveness or use of any such products or services.

 

Statistics Sources: *Colorado Sun Fundera

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Women's Best Awards℠ | Best Pitch 2020

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