The Small Biz Salute Pitch Off Contest is pleased to announce our three finalists - Bryanne Leeming, Keitha Dendy, and Megan Eddings! These three small business owners will pitch their business to a live audience and an all-star panel of judges in Detroit on Wednesday, August 8 for a chance to win $25,000!
To register for this event in Detroit, please click here.
Founded by a creative chemist, Accel Lifestyle is the first ethical activewear brand for people who sweat and want to smell fresh. It has taken me two years to design the antimicrobial fabric that is now patent pending in 120 countries. We are starting with shirts for men and women and plan to scale to a full activewear line. We are also an ethical company, which means that, from fiber to finished garment, everything is sourced and made in the USA. We would use the $25,000 for marketing and product development.
As a college athlete and a STEM enthusiast, I built Unruly Splats to teach kids coding in a physically healthy way. More than two-thirds of kids do not get enough daily exercise. Even an hour per day with Splats will make an impact on kids' future physical health. We inspire kids to be creative-problem solvers of the future. We have received pre-orders for Splats from seven countries. The prize money will allow us to warehouse and ship these units to our customers. We will also use the funds to work with innovative after-school programs to develop hands-on curriculum for Unruly Splats.
Home Made Luxe was founded by a busy mom of twins who turned her monthly “mommy alone time” craft sessions into a subscription box business! Our craft kits deliver everything needed to create a gorgeous home decor project. By making it easier to do something they enjoy, we help women find time to do what they love (self-care). Through craft kits and craft nights, ladies around the country are decompressing and connecting through crafting. We have organically grown to thousands of subscribers and features in print, online, and television, this grant would allow us to scale through paid marketing.