Hillsborough/ Orange County Chamber of Commerce

This summer, the Hillsborough/ Orange County Chamber of Commerce will host an event that highlights women entrepreneurs throughout central North Carolina.

The event, WE Pitch, short for Women Entrepreneurs Pitch, is “designed by women, to support women,” and is slated for June 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the Carolina Theater in Durham. Launching on Feb. 28, the WE Pitch website can be viewed at carolinawepitch.com.

WE Pitch will be presented by Central Carolina Women in Business, a subgroup of the Hillsborough/Orange County Chamber of Commerce. Central Carolina Women in Business, formed in June of 2016, provides a forum to foster meaningful connections and partnerships.

The group offers learning opportunities while collaborating within the network to strengthen our community.

WE Pitch will be a "shark tank" like event, designed to help further the business development of the winning candidate. Five contestants will vie for up to $10,000.00 in prizes, with selection made by a panel of judges. A runner up prize will be given to the audience choice.

The application process opens on Feb. 28. Women-owned businesses who are based out of central North Carolina and have been operating more than two years, are encouraged to apply.

The application asks for business plan and present financial situation. The chamber hopes to have many applicants, and will be narrowing down to five candidates, with announcement of those candidates planned for early May.

The five selected candidates will receive mentoring from many of the organizations member businesses, including the Small Business & Technology Development Center, over the six weeks that lead up to the main event.

“We feel that this mentoring may well be the most valuable piece of the program,” said Kim Tesoro, CEO of the Hillsborough/ Orange County Chamber of Commerce. “The fact that the semi-finalists all receive access to this piece, strengthens the reasons to hold the event.”

The chamber is currently seeking sponsors for WE Pitch, whether in terms of financial contribution or services to be awarded to the winning business.

Contact Kim Tesoro, kim@hillsboroughchamber.com, if interested in supporting WE Pitch and Central Carolina Women In Business.