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IMPACT Pitch 2023 Will Award $36,000 to Small Businesses Making a Big Impact

Impact Pitch is an opportunity for entrepreneurs at any stage, who are making a positive impact in their communities to win prize money. The competition offers participants an avenue to receive valuable feedback and guidance while competing for awards totaling $36,000.

During the competition, participating entrepreneurs will gain access to an exclusive network of resources, including mentorship from a dedicated business coach to help strengthen their business plans and help guide them through the 5 rounds of the competition. Impact pitch is more than a competition to win cash; it is a chance for participants to learn how to tell-and-sell their small business story to investors, gain recognition, and make meaningful connections across the entrepreneurship community.

The competition runs from June 8th - October 5th, 2023, and culminates with a live business pitch presentation from all 10 finalists.

  • Grand Prizes: $6,000 each for Best Startup Business, Best Early Stage Business, and Best Established Business
  • Finalist Grants: $1,000 to each of the 10 finalists
  • Award of $1,000, winner selected at the live pitch event October 5, 2023
  • Community Impact Awards: $1,000 prizes will be given to to 6 businesses who complete the first 2 rounds with narrative descriptions that demonstrate exceptional community impact, that are part of socially and economically disadvantaged communities. These persons are women and members of the following groups: Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian, Native Alaskan, Asian, Pacific Islander, Native Hawaiian, LGBTQ+, Immigrant/Refugees, veteran/military-connected individuals, and individuals with disabilities.
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Participating in Impact Pitch is free. In addition to the prizes available, all participants gain the following throughout their journey: personal business coaching, powerful new tools for more effective business planning and strategy, and more.

Business Impact NW's mission is to help small businesses grow so local communities thrive. We do this by supporting BIPOC, women, Veteran, immigrant, refugee, LGBTQ+, military spouse, and rural entrepreneurs. IMPACT Pitch is an opportunity for traditionally underserved small business owners who are committed to bettering their local communities to receive targeted technical assistance and finance opportunities.

Supporting small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs in Washington State, Oregon, Idaho, & Alaska who are aiming to positively impact their communities.

Interested in being a sponsor for Impact Pitch 2023?
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Peer Review Commons

Best Startup Business
M.K. Ward

No Judgment Fitness LLC

Best Early Stage Business
Sophia Walker

IP 2022 Finalist UVA Furem Winery

UVA Furem Winery

Best Established Business
Jens Hansen

Civic Roasters 

Audience Favorite Video 
Benita Ki

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When I started the business I wrote a business plan. I thought about what my profit margin would be and the cost of goods, but to really sit down and have an exact spreadsheet and to think what’s next? What does next year look like? What does three years look like? This was so helpful. And I think that’s why the competition was designed, to get business owners who are at the startup or at the idea phase to really think those things through – each step.

Leah Brushett

Founding Owner of Mother Snacker
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2023 Presenting Partner

2023 Full Event Sponsors

2023 In-Kind Sponsors

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Sustaining Partners

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