Applications open for $25,000 Pitch for the Purse program

Vancouver-based Forum for Women Entrepreneurs (FWE) is accepting applications for its annual Pitch for the Purse program, which is dedicated to educating and mentoring women entrepreneurs on how to grow their businesses and access capital.

The Pitch for the Purse program provides one entrepreneur with a $25,000 cash award for the best pitch.

“We have worked with so many incredible female entrepreneurs over the years and are always blown away at the caliber of businesses that come through our doors.”

The program is divided into four sections including pitch training, where participants will work with pitch coaches to refine their pitches; semi-finals, where entrepreneurs will use their training to pitch their business ideas to a panel of judges; mentorship, where judges will work with an entrepreneur to prepare them for the final pitch competition; and the pitch finale, where the entrepreneurs will present their final pitch at the Pitch for the Purse Gala.

FWE said that participants receive mentorship and access to a network of resources to help them grow their businesses as they move through the program. To date, the Pitch for the Purse program has provided education and mentorship to over 250 women entrepreneurs across Canada.

“We are thrilled to launch the third year of Pitch for the Purse,” said Christina Anthony, chair of FWE. “We have worked with so many incredible female entrepreneurs over the years and are always blown away at the caliber of businesses that come through our doors. We couldn’t be more excited to support these women in breaking down the barriers to capital to ensure these women can thrive.”

The Pitch for the Purse program is open to Canadian women entrepreneurs who own a majority stake in their businesses. Those interested in the program have until October 1 to apply.

Photo via Forum for Women Entrerpreneurs

Amira Zubairi

Amira Zubairi

Amira Zubairi is a staff writer at BetaKit. As a fourth-year journalism student who has written primarily about entrepreneurship, Amira has developed a growing interest in Canadian startup, business, and tech news. In her free time, Amira enjoys reading, baking and watching legal shows.