Alliance of Women Entrepreneurs Finalist Pitches

Barbara with Jeff Bodle, Partner at Morgan Lewis.

On Nov 8th, 2017 Barbara Bigford, Entrepreneur In Residence at the ICE Institute at Villanova University attended the Alliance of Women Entrepreneurs  (AWE)  finalist pitches and reception in Philadelphia at the Convene Cira Centre.

The Alliance of Women Entrepreneurs strives to serve women founders who are actively scaling their businesses. Many of their members are classified as high-growth companies, or Gazelles, and want more women founded businesses to connect with to reach this level. These women come to AWE because they’ve moved past how-to workshops and incubators. They have founded successful companies – and they come to AWE to achieve more.

There were eight finalist that presented their businesses. The presenters had companies that ranged from philanthropic charities, furniture selecting apps for home or business, behavioral control products and a 3-in-1 non-stick bakeware that enhances the functionality, usability and styling of typical bakeware.

Barbara with Melissa Gordon, Founder of Live Beyond Urban.

The day began with The Pitch where finalists culminate their experience in AWE’s focused pre-pitch prep program. Once the final founder has delivered her pitch, the networking begins and the winner is announced. This year Cozily, a company focused on retail and interior design and represented by its founder, Nonya Collier, took home the grand prize.

AWE also presented the Iris Newman Award to a member of the Greater Philadelphia entrepreneurial community who epitomizes the spirit of Iris Newman, an AWE founder who made an incredible impact in advancing women entrepreneurs. Joy Taylor accepted the prestigious Iris Newman Award, choosing to share her own entrepreneurial experiences with attendees in the hope of passing along some lessons learned. “Know your priorities, invest in partnerships, and seek the best advisers and mentors you can afford – and listen to them,” she shared among other successes and challenges she’s faced.