Salt Lake City, May 6, 2013 — Grow America and Sage North America announce the winners of the “She Can Pitch” competition for women-led businesses. Participants pitched their businesses in a two-minute video and used their social community to help vote and share. The top 50 were judged by a panel of investors and mentors and winners will win cash, mentoring and a chance to pitch investors.
Grow America, 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, partnered to launch this competition.
The winners include:
First Place: Rank & Style. A website to simplify and revolutionize shopping by bringing users unbiased, data-driven top ten lists of the best fashion and beauty products.
Second Place: Traklight.com. Helps business identify and protect their intellectual property.
Third Place: Butcher’s Bunches. Jams and preserves that begin on a vine, or on a tree, laden with plump, naturally sweet fruits just waiting to be plucked and preserved.
A total of $10,000 in cash will be awarded to three winning companies ($5,000 for first place, $3,000 for second and $2,000 for third). Winners will also 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; Corey Drushal, Executive Director of Bad Girl Ventures; Michelle Mccullough, Managing Director of Startup Princess; Dan Beldy, Founder & CEO of 11x; or Tom Ngo, Chief Product Officer of Idealab.
Honorable mentions include:
Best Young Entrepreneur: Infinity Headbands
Best Social Entrepreneurs: GivingFamilies.com
Crowd Favorite: XyloBurst
Honorable mentions will also receive mentoring.
“At Grow America, our mission is to provide tools and a community for entrepreneurs,” said Cydni Tetro, President of Grow America. “Women-led businesses are a big component in the entrepreneurial ecosystem and they help create jobs. We’re excited to announce these winners as we feel they represent excellence in entrepreneurship and hope they inspire other woman-led business across the nation to grow America.”
Additionally, winners will pitch to an angel investor or venture capitalist and will receive a one-year subscription to Sage One, a cloud-based accounting, invoicing, task and time tracking solution for small businesses.
“We are pleased to have partnered 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,” said Henry Benamram, Vice President and General Manager at Sage One. “The winners represent some of the top entrepreneurial talent in North America, and we’re proud to have participated in recognizing and rewarding their success.”
Additional information can be found at GrowAm.com.