Date(s) & Time(s)::
March 20, 2013 at 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM
Location: City University of New York, (CUNY) Graduate Center 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016
Where can women entrepreneurs go to find funding, press and retail distribution? Own It Ventures Conference & Pitching Expo on March 20, 2013 at City University of New York- Graduate Center (365 Fifth Avenue) is the day where women entrepreneurs pitch their companies and products to Angel Investors, Lending Institutions, the Media and Retailers. The day presents four (4) pitching rooms, inspirational speakers and a great deal of networking.
In the afternoon, five (5) companies enter the Sharkette Tank where they pitch live to 20- 25 Investors. The winner receives $5,000 worth of business coaching, mentoring and a marketing toolkit. After the Sharkette Tank, six (6) products are selected as the Entrepreneur Products of the Year and enter the Product Pitch Tank where the women pitch to retailers. The audience votes in the “Yes, I Would Buy It.” The Product Pitch Tank Winner will receive $5,000 worth of marketing support and the Consumer Marketing Toolkit to build consumer awareness and demand.
Success stories resulting from previous Conferences include product distribution in Whole Foods Market, features on QVC and Media coverage in USA Today, Fox 5 News, EBRU News, Liz Hamburg’s WOR Radio Show, NJ Monthly Magazine, News12 NJ, to name a few. Over half of the Sharkette Tank Winners have secured meetings with Investors, one is in negotiations and two secured funding.
Some people and organizations who will be there are: AJ Khubani with Telebrands (As Seen on TV), Anthony (Sully) Sullivan who is the Pitchman, buyers for QVC, Whole Foods Market, Wegmans’, Harris Teeter, Founder of BlogHer, Forbes, USA Today, The Story Exchange, and Aaron Sylvan of Lemonade Heroes™ . Angel Investors from Pipeline, GoldenSeeds, Delaware Crossing, TechLaunch, Jumpstart NJ with several independent investors are joining us during the day and in the Sharkette Tank.
Own It Ventures, is an innovative business network that provides a platform for women entrepreneurs to meet and market their companies and products to Angel Investors, Lending Institutions, the Media and Retail Buyers. Our vision is to help women reach financial success and independence through entrepreneurship by addressing key areas for women; specifically, capital funding options, revenue growth, and business connections. Our mission is to change the current statistic, less than 2% of women-owned firms reach $1M, by addressing the heart of what holds entrepreneurs back.
Women business owners & entrepreneurs agree, acquiring capital funds, attracting customers and gaining distribution of products are often the most elusive parts of business growth. Researchers continually report the barriers to networks of influence plague many women entrepreneurs. The reports also describe the importance women have on the economy, and if provided the resources, would contribute 16 million jobs in the US within five (5) years.
Regular Tickets are as follows:
$699 FastTrackers (Access to the Pitching Rooms, pitches and investor decks are pre-vetted with feedback given prior to the Conference) Limited Slots
$499 General Admission
$249 Premium Own It Venture Members
There are several ways to register:
Any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, (908)852-4200.