Funding Opportunities for Small Business Owners
Applications for Power Pitch 2023 open December 1, 2022 – February 3, 2023
What is Power Pitch?
Power Pitch is a forum held at the Bakersfield Women’s Business Conference where women entrepreneurs and women-owned businesses and startups have the opportunity to pitch their business or idea to win monetary prizes to invest in their business. BWBC Power Pitch 2023 has partnered with Kern Venture Group and the Kern Initiative for Talent and Entrepreneurship (KITE) to support the women business owners in our community.
Applications for Power Pitch 2023 are open from December 1, 2022 – February 3, 2023.
- Power Pitch hopefuls must complete an application.
- A panel of judges 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.
Applications are open to women-owned businesses & entrepreneurs headquartered in Kern County 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.
We suggest reviewing the application ahead of time to make sure you have an answer to each question. Strong applications will include an outlined strategic business plan, a logo, and financial documents including a Profit & Loss Statement for the last three years. For guidance on delivering your pitch, please review the Pitch Planning Guide below. Applications must be completed by February 3, 2023.
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 our past Power Pitch winners!
2022 Power Pitch Winners
2021 Power Pitch Winners
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.