Pompea EntreprenHER

An EmpowHERing Women’s Business Pitch Competition

Thursday, May 6, 2021, 5:30 p.m.

The Pompea EntreprenHER is a Women’s business pitch competition that provides a platform for Women Entrepreneurs to showcase their business, passion, creativity, and entrepreneurial spirit. EntreprenHER is more than just a pitch competition. The goals of EntreprenHER are to:

  • Empower Women
  • Help Female Founders improve their professional skills, build connections and network with investors
  • Assist these women led businesses with gaining brand exposure
  • Connect female entrepreneurs with mentors and investors
  • Unleash the growth potential of women entrepreneurs
  • Support the growth and success of women-led small businesses

Think of the Pompea EntreprenHER as providing Female Founders the fuel to fly!

Why participate in EntreprenHER?

  • Share your inspirational entrepreneurial journey and showcase the SUPERWOMAN you are!
  • Walk away with potential access to funds, scholarships, accelerators and more
  • Showcase the innovation and scalability of your business models
  • Network with potential investors and collaborators
  • An opportunity for creating awareness and expanding brand exposure. A platform to get your business name out there!
  • Networking opportunities and mentorship from the University of New Haven’s Women’s Leadership Council
ELIGIBILITY
  • The Pompea EntreprenHER pitch competition is not limited to any specific industries
  • EntreprenHER is open to ALL women entrepreneurs with businesses in Connecticut, whether they’re a current UNewHaven student, alumni, or not
  • Applicants must be a start-up business led by a female CEO or be a female-founded/co-founded business with at least 50% of the founders being female or that self-identify as female
  • The business must be located within the state of Connecticut
  • The business should be at least at the startup phase or very close to launch

How EntreprenHER Works
  • The Women’s Leadership Council will be reviewing all applications that are submitted
  • Applications will be reviewed and the top 5 will be selected based on the following:
Scorecard
Problem Identification
Feasibility (can it be done?)
Desirability (does it satisfy customers’ needs/wants)
Sustainability (long term success)
Business Phase (ideation, developing, advanced business phase)
Financial Viability (is it profitable)
Geographical location (vested in local community in Connecticut)


Five Female Founders will be selected from the pool of applicants to pitch their business on competition night on May 6th!


The Pitch
  • You will have 3-5 mins to pitch your business to a panel of judges on May 6th
  • You will present your pitch live in a power point format
  • The judges will ask you questions along with a Q&A from the audience
  • Judging will take place the night of and the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner will be announced!


The Prize

Enter to win CASH PRIZES and MENTORSHIP from our Faculty and those in the Profession.


Meet The Judges
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Debra Abbott Walker

Debra is a 20+ year veteran in the financial services industry leading sales teams in that space with a handful of leading companies. Deb focuses her recruiting and new business development in a couple of underserved markets including women and LGBTQ+ to name just a few.

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Joan Caruso

Joan is an accomplished leader in the field of executive coaching. She recently retired from The Ayers Group where she was Managing Director, Executive Coaching since 2000. In this role, Joan managed a roster of 300 active executive coaches and consultants.

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Susan D’Agostino

Susan spent more than 20 years at the senior executive level in human resources and administrative services management. Susan received her MBA in International Marketing from University of New Haven and is currently a member of the Pompea College of Business Advisory Board and the Non-Profit Institute Advisory Board, along with serving on the Women’s Leadership Council.

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Lisa Delfini

Lisa Delfini is a partner in the MARCUM LLP's New Haven office. She has over 28 years of experience in both public accounting and private industry, including 17 years auditing companies of all sizes.

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Jessica Dodge

Jessica is responsible for managing grant and non-financial initiatives targeted at supporting entrepreneurial growth in the State of Connecticut. She oversees all CTNext programs, shaping the direction and impact of current and new initiatives, as well as developing and managing organizational strategy, budgeting, compliance, and administration to name a few.

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Debra Logan-Rabb

Debra has over 20 years’ experience as a senior executive in IT, working for Fortune 100 companies such as Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan Chase and PepsiCo. Her skills and experience spans Business Relationship Management, Application Development & Delivery and Technology Risk Management. Debra serves on two school boards and is an active member of Jack and Jill of America Inc. as well as the UNH Women’s Leadership Council.

Co-Sponsors

The Pompea College of Business
Brian Kench

Brian Kench Ph.D.
Dean, Pompea College of Business

Women's Leadership Council
Josephine Moran

Josephine Moran
Executive Vice Presiden, Chief Corporate Services & Consumer Lending Officer, Provident Bank, and co-chair of the Women's Leadership Council

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee of Pompea College of Business

D.E.I. CO-CHAIRS

Candice Deal

Candice Deal, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean and Associate Professor of Accounting

Maurice Cayer, Ph.D.

Maurice Cayer, Ph.D.
Distinguished Lecturer, Industrial/Organizational Psychology and Management

MEMBERS

Khadija Al Arkoubi, Ph.D.

Khadija Al Arkoubi, Ph. D.
Associate Professor, Management

Jason Chung, B.C.L., LL.B

Jason Chung, B.C.L., LL.B
Assistant Professor, Esports

Demissew Ejara, Ph. D.

Demissew Ejara, Ph. D.
Associate Professor, Finance

Vasiliki Kosmidou, Ph. D.

Vasiliki Kosmidou, Ph. D.
Assistant Professor, Management

Brian Marks, Ph. D.

Brian Marks, Ph. D.
Executive Director, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program

Jocelyn Rodrigues

Jocelyn Rodrigues
Provost Assistant, Office of Dean

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Subgroup
Michael Calabrese

Michael Calabrese
Senior, Sport Management Major

Cora Cogill

Cora Cogill
Freshman, Business Management Major

Hannah Providence

Hannah Providence
Senior, Economics Major

Camille Tilghman

Camille Tilghman
MBA

Women in Business Club of the Pompea College of Business

EBOARD

Jocelyn Rodrigues

Jocelyn Rodrigues
President

Tanu Sharma

Tanu Sharma
Vice President, Operations & Communication

Olivia Jimenez

Olivia Jimenez
Vice President, Mentorship & Collaborations

Kiana White

Kiana White
Secretary

Emily Watkins

Emily Watkins
Treasurer

Alexcia Flores

Alexcia Flores
Assistant Treasurer

FACULTY ADVISORS

Candice Deal

Candice Deal, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean and Associate Professor of Accounting

Khadija Al Arkoubi, Ph.D.

Khadija Al Arkoubi, Ph. D.
Associate Professor, Management

Mona Mehrabi, M.S., MBA

Mona Mehrabi, M.S., MBA
Graduate Business Programs Advisor

Ceyda Mumcu, Ph.D.

Ceyda Mumcu, Ph.D.
Associate Professor