what is the propelher pitch competition?

Scenes from the 2017 PropelHER Pitch Competition.

An exciting opportunity for women business owners to showcase their businesses or business concepts to compete for cash prizes and in-kind services. We invite women business owners from all disciplines to participate in NAWBO Orlando’s PropelHER Pitch Competition to see if they have a winning pitch!

Learn from ten industry experts with over a century of combined industry expertise through a dynamic series of invaluable webinars! These webinars are designed to enhance your business or business concept.

All submissions will be judged by an esteemed panel, and six finalists (three emerging businesses, three established businesses) will be chosen and announced in late January, 2019.  Finalists will receive a one-on-one pitch coaching session in preparation for the main event — an awards luncheon when all finalists take the main stage at Full Sail University to pitch and showcase their business or business concept to a panel of judges.

FREE Webinar Series

Need help perfecting your deliverables? Join our FREE four-part webinar series for helpful information and insights. Mark your calendar and plan to attend. Can’t make it? No problem! These webinars will be recorded for on-demand viewing. Catch the replay!

Nov. 1:  Focus on Viability (6 p.m.)

Nov. 8:  Focus on Business Goals and Marketing Strategy (6 p.m.). Get details and register here.

Dec. 6: Focus on Leadership (6 p.m.)

Dec. 13: Focus on Funding (6 p.m.)


Elevate. Launch. Soar. Propel.

Improve and enhance the aptitude and altitude of your business trajectory.
— Cassi Willard, PropelHer Co-Chair and NAWBO Orlando President-Elect.

This competition offers real-world opportunities to learn what’s required to successfully launch a new business or grow an established business.

  • Develop and elevate critical skills, such as evaluating opportunities, creating marketing plans, preparing financial statements, leading a team and pitching to investors.

  • Launch your business or business concept by investing in your professional and personal growth through a dynamic, invaluable webinar series.

  • Network and soar with topic experts and fellow PropelHER competitors to unlock your business’s full potential.

  • Propel your business or business concept by focusing on further development of your plans for future growth and success of existing or new business plans.

Finalists that compete LIVE will each receive cash and in-kind services to help propel their business.   

Ready to Enter?

Registration will open soon! Here’s what to expect:

Register by the due date with the application fee of $50. You will then receive a link to Dropbox to provide the additional required materials to complete your application:

  • Two-page executive summary

  • Slide deck (up to 10 slides)

  • A 45- to 120-second video

Deadline to submit these additional materials is 11:55 p.m. on January 10, 2019.

Finalists will pitch their business at our PropelHER awards banquet on February 12, 2019, at Full Sail University’s Live Venue in Winter Park!

Sponsorship Opportunities

For sponsor partners, the PropelHER event offers a great opportunity to get your business in front of local women business owners. If you are interested in sponsorship packages, email us at ipp@nawboorlando.org.