Pitch Your Pivot

Thursday, June 24

6 - 8 pm

WEDI, along with its partners at Key Bank Build & Boost, Women's Business Center, and Upstate New York Black Chamber of Commerce is hosting Pitch Your Pivot, a live, virtual pitch competition on Thursday, June 24. Five diverse finalists will be selected to deliver a pitch conveying how they recognized a unique business opportunity and made a business pivot to overcome challenges due to changes in how business was getting done in 2020. Register for free to hear their incredible stories on how they kept their businesses relevant and viable.

The Finalists:

81eighteen: 81eighteen aims to teach female entrepreneurs how to make money with email marketing.


Golden Cup Coffee Company: Golden Cup Coffee is a roaster and distributor of high-quality coffee & teas. We provide freshly roasted coffee & high-quality beverages to consumers, restaurants, offices, and churches.


JAM Parkside: JAM Parkside is about coffee and community. It is focused on fresh food and beverages, featuring a coffee menu crafted from locally roasted Tipico Coffee and pastries from Rogue Cellar.


The Scholarship Queen: The Scholarship Queen offers high-level scholarship training and competitive coaching for high school juniors through college juniors using a dynamic and multifaceted scholarship curriculum.


Urban Fruits and Veggies: Urban Fruits and Veggies focuses on food safety and providing a quality product grown with the best non-treated seeds, quality soil, and no pesticides. We partner with local farmers who have the same focus on safety and quality.

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6:00 – 6:15pm | Welcome & Introductions

6:15 – 7:15pm | Pitch Presentations &

                                    Judge Q&A

7:15 – 7:30pm | Judges Deliberation

                                    Audience Q&A

7:30 – 7:35pm | Break

7:35 – 7:45pm | Winners Announced             

                                    Audience Choice Vote  

7:45 - 8:00pm |  Closing

The Winnings:

1st place-$10,000

2nd place-$5,000

3rd place-$2,500

4th place - $1.500

5th place-$1,000

For inquiries, please contact Erin Kelly.