Frequently Asked Questions

WeInnoPITCH is a combination of two signature WBENC programs: WBENCPitch and WeInnovate! Why is WBENC combining these two programs at the 2020 Summit & Salute instead of hosting them separately as in the past?

These two signature programs will join forces with the goal of combining the best elements of each. WBENC’s vision is to create an opportunity for WBEs to recognize the importance of innovation in their businesses, as well as how they pitch innovative solutions.

Can I attend Meet & Greet if I am not interested in being considered for WeInnoPITCH?

Yes – All WBENC-Certified WBEs are welcome to attend Meet & Greet. The session will operate in its traditional format. WBEs who do not wish to be considered for WeInnoPITCH may opt out. For more information on Meet & Greet click here.

What if I cannot stay to attend the final round on Wednesday, March 18?

Participants must be available to pitch across all scheduled tournament rounds and agree in advance to be present for all rounds.

What is the prize?

$20K cash to invest in your business.

I have an idea for an innovative business solution but am not prepared to deliver it yet. Can I pitch my idea?

No – WeInnoPITCH presentations cannot include any slides, audio visual support, samples, product demonstrations or props.

My company has more than one female owner. Can we both pitch together?

No – You must elect one person to present the pitch, and the same person must pitch throughout all rounds of the tournament should you be selected to advance.

My innovative solution is the result of a joint venture between multiple WBENC-Certified WBEs. Can owners from all companies involved pitch together?

No – You must elect one person to present the pitch, and the same person must pitch throughout all rounds of the tournament should you be selected to advance.

Who will be in the audience for WeInnoPITCH?

All Summit & Salute attendees are invited to observe all rounds of the tournament from the audience.

After I present my pitch, will there be questions from the judges?

The judges will ask the presenter questions following their pitch in the Semi-Final and Final rounds. There will be no Q&A will the judges in the First Round.

Will Corporate Members who are interested in my innovative solution be able to contact me even if I was not the winner of WeInnoPITCH?

All participating Corporate Member judges from the First, Semi-Final, and Final round of the tournament will be provided with all 80 WBE participants’ contact information. WBE participants will not be provided with Corporate Member judges’ contact information.

Am I required to use all of the time allotted for my pitch in each round?

No – You are not required to use all the time allotted.  However, your pitch cannot exceed 90 seconds in the first round, 3 minutes in the Semi-Final round, and 4 minutes in the Final round.

If I advance throughout the tournament, am I required to change my pitch as the rounds progress?

While not required, you are encouraged to arrive prepared with three different variations of your pitch. A 90-second pitch for Meet & Greet and the First Round, a 3-minute version for the Semi-Final Round, and a 4-minute presentation for the Finals.