Power Pitch

Funding Opportunities for Women Entrepreneurs

Applications open Oct. 1, 2023 – Feb. 9, 2024

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.  

Applications for Power Pitch 2024 are open from October 1, 2023 – February 9, 2024.

How does Power Pitch Work?

  • Power Pitch hopefuls must complete an application. If you need help on your application, please contact us through email.
  • A panel of judges will choose our 5 finalists who will be notified by February 19th.
  • Pitch practice is held on March 1st & March 8th.
  • Pitches will be delivered March 15th & March 22nd at the Bakersfield College Launchpad.
  • Three winners will be announced on Conference Day in the closing session.

Who Can Apply?

Applications are open to women-owned businesses & women 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.

 

How do I Apply?

We suggest reviewing the application ahead of time to make sure you have an answer to each question. Strong applications include an outlined strategic business plan, a logo, and financial documents including a Profit & Loss Statement for the last three years. Applications must be completed by February 9, 2024. Please note, finalists must purchase a discounted BWBC ticket to attend on Conference Day.

 

Showing Love to Small Businesses

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

See our previous Power Pitch winners from #BWBC2023, Bringing Business Back, in our recap video. 

Applications for Power Pitch 2024 are open from October 1, 2023 – February 9, 2024.

Past Power Pitch Winners

2023

Meet Alexis Kemp, the visionary CEO behind a remarkable skincare line dedicated to transforming acne-prone skin, banishing eczema, and erasing dark spots, among many other benefits. As the saying goes, “A job led with passion is a job destined for greatness,” and for Alexis, it’s a calling to create products crafted with utmost care and affection, leaving you yearning for more.

2nd Place: Tehachapi Valley Horse Rescue

Led by founder, Amanda Hansen, Tack of the Town addresses community needs while supporting its Horse Rescue. Each purchase makes a meaningful contribution. Join their mission, and make a difference in these animals’ lives. Visit their store and be part of the positive impact they’re creating, one donation, one horse at a time.

3rd Place: Awakened Consulting

Behind every great business lies a healthy workplace, and that’s exactly what Artisa Mae Moten’s business, Awakened Consulting Inc., is all about! As a holistic mental health collective, they serve patients, clinicians, and businesses. Artisa and her team are committed to making a positive impact in the mental health field, empowering individuals and businesses alike.  

2022

2021

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

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.