Regional Pitch Competition

Announcing the WBEC FL Regional Pitch Competition serving as a qualifying round for the National WBENC Semi-Finals.


The National Finalists will have the opportunity to win cash prizes of:

First Place $20,000

Second Place $10,000

Third Place $5,000

How it works

Watch the LIVE Regional Pitch Competition!

Join us September 27th for the LIVE Competition.


First Round of the 2022

How the competition works:

First Round: A group of the top 10 regional applicants will be invited to pitch virtually on September 27th, from 10am - Noon EDT. Pitches are 90 seconds in length.

Semi-Finals: The top three (3) participants from each RPO competition entry round will advance to pitch in the national Semi-Finals hosted by WBENC. The Semi-Finalists will be announced in early October. This round of the competition will occur on Monday, October 24, and Tuesday, October 25, from 2:00-4:15pm EST. Pitches are two (2) minutes in length. Participants will also answer questions from the judges’ panel in a live virtual setting.

 Finals: A group of finalists with the top scores from the national Semi-Finals will advance to the final round of the WBENCPitch competition. Pitches in this round are three (3) minutes in length. The Finals will be held live at the WBENC in-person event the week of November 14, 2022.

We are excited to

announce our judges!

Judges for our regional pitch competition represent the following companies. As one of the top 10 for our region, you will have the opportunity to showcase your innovative business product or service idea and build relationships with representatives from these corporations.

Thank you to these amazing business partners, including our Board Chair, Sam Hines, Hines Executive HR Solutions for serving as our judges.

Pitch Criteria

Participant must be a WBENC-Certified WBEs whose certification is in good standing.

Participants fit the following Innovation Criteria:

  • Pitch is for an EXISTING innovative product, service, or business solution that is ready for market or currently in market (not a future idea or endeavor seeking an investment).
  • Product or service is a disruptor in their current market.
  • You have differentiated your business from standard offerings within their industry.
  • You have an Innovative solution that solves a problem in a new/inventive way.
  • Applicant must be a female owner of the company.

If the innovative solution is from a joint venture between multiple WBE companies, the application must be submitted on behalf of only one of the WBE companies.

Frequently Asked Questions


Check out these books and links to help you prepare for your pitch.

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Learn to Perfect Your Pitch!

This webinar features our President & CEO, Nancy G. Allen, as she shares her top tips on how to prepare and present your perfect pitch. 

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Do you have a "Killer" Capabilities Statement?

Your capabilities statement is your calling card and often the first impression with corporate and supplier diversity leaders. What does yours say about your business?

Check out this session with Nancy G. Allen, our CEO and President, as she shares the 12 elements of a capabilities statement that stands out.

While we are not requiring a capabilities statement for the pitch, we recommend you always have one ready to go.

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Have Questions?


Steph McFee or Johanna Sanchez

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