Enthuse Foundation Opens Fifth Annual Women Founders Pitch Competition Applications


Enthuse Foundation Opens Fifth Annual Women Founders Pitch Competition Applications

New York, NY – September 6, 2023 – The Enthuse Foundation, a non-profit organization benefiting women entrepreneurs will return to Helen Mills Theater in New York City for its fifth annual pitch competition to support women making their mark in the food, beverage, and CPG spaces.

Applications to apply for the Pitch Competition opened on August 21. Food, beverage, and CPG ventures must be in business for fewer than four years, have at least 51% of the company owned by a woman (women), and no more than $500,000 in revenue. Five applicants will be invited to compete live at the Pitch Competition.

“In 2023, we are on track to donate approximately $60,000 in cash and prizes to women entrepreneurs through our pitch competition and grant program, said Kim Lawton, CEO of Enthuse Marketing, and Co-Founder of Enthuse Foundation. “It’s incredible to see how the Enthuse Foundation has grown in five short years, and we can’t wait to welcome this year’s finalists to celebrate with us in NYC.

The finalists will compete to win no-strings cash prizes and tailored business services.

As part of its regular programming, the Enthuse Foundation hosts national meetings and webinars to help women grow their businesses, provides monetary donations to support women business owners, and shares original content across numerous digital platforms.

“Our Pitch Competition is the most inspirational day of the year, “said Kristy Snyder, Chief People Officer at Enthuse Marketing, an experiential consultancy, and Co-Founder of the Enthuse Foundation. “It’s been amazing to see the quality of applicants improve year after year. In our first year, we received about 20 submissions, and last year, more than 150 women-owned businesses applied to be a part of this remarkable evening. We can’t wait to welcome the newest group of finalists to NYC.”

The Enthuse Foundation has monetary and in-kind sponsorship opportunities available for this landmark event. Past partners have included AlliantDaigle & Travers, Webster Bank, Cheeky Cocktails, and Une Femme Wines.

The Pitch Competition

Eligible businesses will submit an investor deck. Entrants must have a unique food, beverage, or CPG industry offering and be at least 51% women-owned. Five founders will be chosen from these applicants to pitch their business live to a panel of judges on November 9, 2023, in New York City. Applications will be accepted through 11:59 pm on October 2, 2023. For more information and to apply, please visit: www.enthusefoundation.org

Who: Eligible Women Founders in the Food, Beverage, or CPG Industries

What: The Enthuse Foundation’s 5th Annual Women Founders Pitch Competition

When: Pitch Night – November 9, 2023 (applications accepted through October 2, 2023)

Where: Helen Mills Theater (137-139 W 26th St, New York, NY 10001)

The Prizes

One Grand Prize valued at $20,000 will be awarded and includes $10,000 cash and $10,000 worth of business services. The second prize is valued at $15,000 and includes $5,000 cash and $10,000 in business services.

About the Enthuse Foundation

The Enthuse Foundation invests in a new generation of women founders and cultivates the next generation of business leaders. It is a non-profit organization serving women entrepreneurs through community building, education, resources, inspiration, mentorship, grants, and events. Learn more.