Power Pitch

Funding Opportunities for Small Business Owners

Applications open January 10, 2022 to February 18, 2022

1st Place Winner = $3,000

2nd Place Winner = $2,000

3rd Place Winner = $1,000

What is Power Pitch?

Power Pitch is a forum held at the Bakersfield Women’s Business Conference where entrepreneurs, local businesses, startups, and side-hustles have the opportunity to pitch their business or idea to win monetary prizes to invest in their business. For Power Pitch 2022, we’ve partnered with Kern Venture Group and KITE (Kern Initiative for Talent + Entrepreneurship) to give a total of $6,000 to three local businesses.

Applications open on Monday, January 10, 2022 and close Friday, February 18, 2022.

How does Power Pitch Work?

  • Power Pitch hopefuls must complete an application
  • Judges from Kern Venture Group + KITE will choose our finalists.
  • Finalists must submit an in-depth presentation via PowerPoint or video.
  • Finalists must purchase a discounted BWBC ticket where winners are announced in the closing session.

Who Can Apply?

Applications are open to businesses headquartered in Kern County, California including:

  • New businesses or a business looking to expand.
  • Entrepreneurs that have a business idea but have not started their business.
  • Applicants must be 18 years or older.
  • Applicants may not be associated with BWBC

 

How do I Apply?

Please complete the application to the best of your ability. If you have questions, we ask you to contact us before February 18, 2022. Strong applications will include an outlined strategic business plan and a logo. We suggest viewing the application ahead of time to make sure you have an answer for each question.

 

Past Power Pitch Winners

As a women’s business conference, we’re proud to have a program that supports Bakersfield’s entrepreneurial spirit and women-owned small businesses. They are the backbone of our community and Power Pitch allows us to reward their hard work. Check out how our previous Power Pitch winners are doing!

2021 1st Place: Mix Salon & Touch Up Bar

2020 looked a lot different for hairstylists, including Leticia, owner of Mix Salon & Touch Up Bar. How could she pivot her business and continue to grow in her industry? Hand-tied extensions became her next step. Not only does she provide Pinterest-worthy extensions to her clients, but she trains & teaches other professionals how to do them, too.

2021 2nd Place: HoneyBox Bakersfield

Cheese lovers, HoneyBox Bakersfield is your place! They specialize in hand-curated charcuterie boxes & boards and recently opened a storefront in Bakersfield. HoneyBox offers tons of cheese board options perfect for events like weddings, wine Wednesdays, parties, and everything in between. Learn more about HoneyBox’s menu and other treats here.

2021 3rd Place: Lollipopa Box, LLC

Founded by 6-year-old Savannah in 2018, Lollipopa, LLC delivers exciting birthday unboxing experiences to little girls ages 3 to 9 to inspire them to believe in a world of possibility. Lollipopa’s products & services spark imagination, nurture a playful spirit, embrace femininity, and show life’s endless possibilities to young girls at a pivotal stage in their life.

2019 Power Pitch Winners

2019 1st Place: Cream Craze

Cream Craze’s goal is to provide a mobile service that builds custom homemade ice cream sandwiches for any occasion. Customers can build their own sandwich by choosing their homemade cookie, homemade ice cream, and toppings.

2019 2nd Place: Hidey Socks

Hidey Socks are the solution to your irritating No-Show Sock problem. They’re functional and stylish with Genuine Swarovski Crystals on the strap. Hidey Socks flourish compared to other socks because they’re liner socks guaranteed to stay on.

2019 3rd Place: Phoenix Wood

Phoenix Wood sells wooden wine boxes directly to wineries using pinewood derived from CA wildfires. Producing these wine boxes gives purpose, sustainability, and “life” to otherwise deadwood.