Meet The Winning Businesses of Impact Pitch 2022: The Pacific Northwest’s Small Business Pitch Competition

On October 6th, 2022, Business Impact NW awarded $36,000 to small businesses from across the Pacific Northwest during their annual business pitch competition. It was the 7th annual Impact Pitch Competition, presented by Harborstone Credit Union.

2022 Grand Prize Winners

This year, there were over 100 entrepreneurs that applied for the Impact Pitch competition. The process is a 5-month-long, intensive program where business owners pair with a business coach to build a strong business plan, business model, tune their finances, and ultimately - their final business pitch.

Only 10 finalists made it to the final round and pitched live from Imperia Lake Union on Thursday night. The candidates competed for the ‘Audience Favorite Video Award’, ‘Best Startup/Idea Phase Business Award’, ‘Best Early Stage Business Award’, and ‘Best Established Business Award'. The finalists presented their best pitches to our panel of expert judges, but only 3 were awarded the grand prizes. Here they are below:

Peer Review Commons

Best Startup Business Award Winner

This years 'Best Startup Business Award' winner is Dr. M.K Ward of Peer Review Commons. After years in academic research and university leadership, Dr. M.K. Ward and Brad Birt dreamed of a better way to reward reviewers for checking research quality. Peer Review Commons is an online marketplace of researchers and expert reviewers that's designed to reward experts for their reviews and expedite scientific discovery.

With their win, they'll be able to support quality research at scale!

 

No Judgement Fitness

Best Early Stage Business Award Winner

This year’s 'Best Early Stage' Business Award goes to Sophia Walker of No Judgement Fitness. No Judgement Fitness is a queer woman-owned gym in White Center, Seattle. They offer personal training and classes capped at 6 attendees.

The gym prides itself on being a judgement-free zone, inclusive of people of all shapes, sizes, and abilities. With their win, they'll be able to grow and welcome more people into their space!

 

IP 2022 Finalist UVA Furem Winery

UVA Furem Winery

Best Established Business Award Winner

This year’s 'Best Established' Business Award Winner is Jens Hansen of UVA Furem Winery. The business is built out of Black Diamond, WA. They are a 100% service disabled Veteran-owned business. They are family-owned and the creation of two Air Force Veteran brothers, Jens and T.J. Hansen.

With their win, they'll be able to continue growth in hosting events in their space, selling local, quality wines, and more!

 

Audience Favorite Video Award: Civic Roasters

Community Impact Award Winners

With our mission to support and fund historically underbanked entrepreneurs, Business Impact NW also awarded the following small businesses a $1,000 Community Impact Award.

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2022 Community Impact Awardees

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Quest Trails LLC

Community Impact Award
Category: BIPOC-Owned
Danielle Biering

Clew

Community Impact Award
Category: BIPOC-Owned
Joyce Chiang

No Judgment Fitness LLC

Community Impact Award
Category: Immigrant or Refugee
Sophia Walker

Ark Beverages

Community Impact Award
Category: Immigrant or Refugee
Pranali Choubal

RainBro Crafts

Community Impact Award
Category: LGBTQ+-Owned
Zachary Pierce

Peer Review Commons

Community Impact Award
Category: LGBTQ+-Connected
M.K. Ward

StumpworX LLC

Community Impact Award
Category: Military-Connected

Black Forest Mushrooms

Community Impact Award
Category: Military-Connected
Nathanael Engen

Cozmic Charlie's Cheeze Shack

Community Impact Award
Category: Women-Owned
Kelly Knudsen

Journey Bound Counseling LLC

Community Impact Award
Category: Women-Owned
Deanna Leatherman

Thank You

This event wouldn't be possible without the support of our sponsors:

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2022 Presenting Partner

2022 Full Event Sponsors

2022 In-Kind Sponsors


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Sustaining Partners

About the author

Director of Marketing and Communications

Carolina is responsible for leading the Marketing and Communications department. She has a vast professional experience in marketing, market research and consulting, working with clients and organizations across many industries and in multiple Latin American countries. She earned her B.A. in Business Administration from Universidad Austral de Chile, a Master of Finance from Universidad de Chile, and a Certificate in Marketing from UC Berkeley. Outside of work she enjoys hiking, watching documentaries and volunteering.

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Carolina Guzman View posts by Carolina Guzman

Carolina is responsible for leading the Marketing and Communications department. She has a vast professional experience in marketing, market research and consulting, working with clients and organizations across many industries and in multiple Latin American countries. She earned her B.A. in Business Administration from Universidad Austral de Chile, a Master of Finance from Universidad de Chile, and a Certificate in Marketing from UC Berkeley. Outside of work she enjoys hiking, watching documentaries and volunteering.
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