NYSBDC Pitch Competition


The Pace University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has been proud to collaborate with the SBDCs from Columbia University-Harlem, Baruch College and LaGuardia Community College on a semi-annual NYSBDC Pitch Workshop Series & Competition. Held for clients at the four participating SBDC centers, the two-night workshop series provides guidance on developing and delivering an effective elevator pitch, as well as concrete strategies to help turn future opportunity into new business. Following the workshop series, participants had the opportunity to work 1:1 with their SBDC Business Advisors to hone their pitch as well as participate in a pitch competition, where clients present to a panel of judges for the chance to win cash prizes.

For the just completed cohort, Pace SBDC client Ta'Donna Nagle, owner and founder of Financial Literacy Group, won the NYSBDC Pitch Competition and received a $2,000 cash award to help develop content and implement a digital marketing campaign for her financial coaching business. Additionally, Pace SBDC client Natae Marrow placed third and received a $500 cash award for her ecommerce-based cosmetics business (Imeri Beauty), and the team of Clara Brun and Louise Bonnier (Pace SBDC clients as well as Pace University international students) received an honorable mention for their prospective app seeking to connect international students with internships (Ourah).