Pompea EntreprenHER

An EmpowHERing Women’s Business Pitch Competition

Thursday, March 31, 2022, 5:30 p.m. (Doors open at 5:00 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 March 31st!


The Pitch
  • You will have 3-5 mins to pitch your business to a panel of judges on March 31st
  • 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

Vice President
Equitable Advisors

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Sarita Chakravarthi

Senior Vice President
Selective Insurance

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Lauren M. Green, Esq.

Associate Attorney
Hurwitz, Sagarin, Slossberg & Knuff LLC

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Laquita Joyner-McGraw

Founder/Executive Director
Youth Entrepreneurs Inc.

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Debra Logan-Rabb

Senior Director, Business Relationship Manager
PepsiCo

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
President of JM Fit for Life

Youth Entrepreneurs CT
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

Ceyda Mumcu, Ph.D.

Ceyda Mumcu, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Demissew Ejara, Ph. D.

Demissew Ejara, Ph. D.
Associate Professor, Finance

Angelica Gianchandani, M.A.

Angelica Gianchandani, M.A.
Practitioner In Residence

Brian Marks, J.D., Ph.D.

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

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Subgroup
Cora Cogill

Cora Cogill
Sophomore, Business Management Major

Adrielys Gomez

Adrielys Gomez
Senior, Behavioral Economics Major

Megan Sullivan

Megan Sullivan
Sophomore, Sport Management Major, Marketing Minor

Women in Business Club of the Pompea College of Business

EBOARD

Kiana White

Kiana White
President

Amna Jalali

Amna Jalali
Vice President

Emily Watkins

Emily Watkins
Director of Finance

Abigail Murphy

Abigail Murphy
Secretary/Executive Assistant

Srishti Verman

Srishti Verman
Director of Marketing & Communications

Emily Bogdanowicz

Emily Bogdanowicz
Committee Head, Member Engagement

FACULTY ADVISORS

Candice Deal

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

Mona Mehrabi, M.S., MBA

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