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Invest in She Provides Opportunities For Women Business Owners

Posted by IASourceLink Admin on Aug 05, 2014
Do you want to take your business to the next level but don’t have the extra cash? Are you ready to prove your business concept or grow your business to the next level?

Ascent invites you to apply for "Invest in She" an entertaining Iowa Women's Leadership Conference event that provides female entrepreneurs with the opportunity to pitch their business for a chance to win up to $5,000 and more to grow their business.  Submit your application by August 11th for your chance to compete in this incredible event!

How does it work?
Six female entrepreneurs are selected by Ascent to pitch their business to a panel of local investors. Each entrepreneur is given the stage to pitch her business and wow the investors in 3 minutes. Investors, ranging from venture capitalists to successful CEOs, will have 10 minutes to evaluate and potentially invest in her business on the spot! Investments will range from $5,000 and up. This is purely an opportunity to receive technical support and mentorship-- investors will not receive equity in exchange.

Why should I pitch?
Participating in Invest in She provides you with:
- a chance to win up to $5,000 or more in technical assistance from investors,
- real-time feedback from business experts,
- expand your network of talented community members and potential mentorship, and
- free marketing which includes press releases, social media and more!

How do I qualify?
1. All businesses must be 51% or more women-owned.
2. All applicants must be Ascent Members.  Not a member? Become a member for as little as $10/month. Click here to join today!
 
Where do I begin?
1. Submit the application (located in the Ascent Resource Bank) and a 30-60 second video by noon Monday, August 11.
2. Final 6 will be announced on Thursday, August 28.
3. September 2 - 17: Ascent will work closely with finalists to prepare them for the event.
4. September 18: Invest in She event --now is your time to shine!
5. September 19: Ascent will connect with all participants.

Event details:
Invest in She will take place Thursday, September 18, 2014 at the Paramount Theatre, 123 3rd Avenue, in Cedar Rapids. A reception will be held from 6:00–7:00 pm, with the program following from 7:00–9:00pm. Ticket sales will open soon!

Contact Jami Gordon at 319-450-0600 for questions about this event.
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