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WBEC-East & Capital One Pitch Competition

Interested in pitching your business idea or what is next for your current business?

In partnership with Capital One, WBEC-East is excited to host our second Women’s Business Center Pitch Competition! Keep reading for more details and instructions for submitting your pitch video.

  • • Round 1: 90-Second Video Submissions – opens June 3rd and closes July 1st.  
  • • Round 2: Live, 2-minute, in-person pitch on August 21st from 6-8pm at Capital One Café in Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, Compete alongside 7 other finalists chosen from Round 1.  

WBEC-East Women’s Business Center Clients (counseling clients and class/workshop attendees) at any stage of business are welcome to submit a pitch video for the Capital One Pitch Competition.

  • • Participants must be located in the Greater Philadelphia area (Philadelphia County, Delaware County, Chester County, Montgomery County, Bucks County).
  • • Participants must be able to attend Round 2 of the Pitch in person at Capital One Café on Wednesday, August 21st from 6-8pm.
  • • Please do not submit a pitch video over 90 seconds in length. 
  • • Only one person may be featured in the business pitch.
  • • Slides are not permitted to be used in pitch videos, however, virtual backgrounds are acceptable.

(Looking for the WBENC Pitch National Competition? Visit this page for details, and please note Capital One Pitch is a separate competition. Pitch videos must be re-submitted if you wish to participate in the WBENC Pitch. Video submissions for the WBEC-East Regional Round open August 1st–stay tuned!)

Check out Saundra and Ivy’s testimonials! Hear what they gained from last years’ experience as well as their advice for anyone participating in this year’s competition.

  • • First Place: $8,000 
  • • Second Place: $5,000 
  • • Third Place: $2,000 
  • • The Five Runner-Ups: $500

Round 1:

  • • 90-Second Video Pitch Submissions OPEN on June 3rd and CLOSE on July 1st.
  • • Eight finalists will be announced on July 15th.

Pitch Coaching Sessions:

  • • Finalists will have the opportunity to be advised by our business coach, Melanie McLeod, in-person at our Center City headquarters before Round 2.
  • • Dates for coaching are July 31st and August 7th. A poll will be sent out to gather which date works for each contestant. These sessions will help prepare finalists for round two of the pitch competition.

Round 2:

  • • Contestants will be able to pitch their businesses before a panel of judges representing both the Capital One and WBEC-East communities on August 21st from 6-8 PM at the Capital One Café in Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia. 
  • • A select number of guests will be allowed for each contestant based on occupancy requirements. 
  • • Props are limited to small items that are easily carried on and off the stage. Video, slides, and other digital presentations are not permitted.

Are you ready to take the next step and submit your 90-Second Pitch Submission? Complete our Jotform and upload your video using the button below.

But first, watch this helpful video on “How to Pitch a Business Idea” presented in partnership with Melanie McLeod, WBEC-East Consultant & Training Instructor.

Note: You can put your video as an “Unlisted” or “Private” video on YouTube, Zoom, or Vimeo in place of uploading it to the Jotform and share the link, but please only submit your Jotform submission once that video link is ready and included.

Submit your 90-second video recorded pitch below!

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact WBEC-East’s Women’s Business Center Director, Allie Mullins, at amullins@wbeceast.com.  

This pitch competition is made possible through the generous support of Capital One.

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