The Women-in-Business Challenge (WIB) is a business accelerator program for early stage businesses owned by female entrepreneurs.
The program provides impactful business education and training, technical assistance, personal consulting , mentorship by seasoned entrepreneurs and peer networking to increase the ability of these early stage, women-owned enterprises to have the same performance potential as male-owned start-ups, creating economic and global impact. Four finalists compete for $10K in seed capital to aid them in expansion goals for their ventures during the New Orleans Entrepreneur Week conference.
The Pitch Challenge will be held from 2:00 p.m – 4 p.m. on Monday, March 20, 2017 at the Contemporary Arts Center located at 900 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA 70130. The event commences with a panel discussion that includes all of the Women-in-Business scholars. Shortly after, the 4 finalists will begin their presentations. An esteemed panel of judges deliberate while a celebrity keynote speaker addresses the audience, after which the winner is announced.
The 2016 WIB Challenge Winner is Sharmaine James of Condall Consulting!
These extraordinary women were the 2016 FEATURED WIB CHALLENGE ENTREPRENEUR FINALISTS:
Condall Consulting Group (Sharmaine James)
An environmental and management consulting firm offering professional and construction services within the engineering, environmental science and technology industries.
Design Unwined (Rachel Meese)
A lifestyle franchise providing a fun and enthusiastic atmosphere for customers to learn how to “up-cycle” furniture and interior design and décor pieces, while sipping wine, having fun and sustaining the environment.
Morgan Hill (Dione Morgan)
A communications and publishing firm, helping individuals, organizations and companies brand their work, product or cause and spread awareness through their creative services.
Small Hinges (Rachel Graham)
A start-up public relations firm specializing in strategy-based communications solutions and event production services.