"Innovate-her" business fast pitch; entrepreneurs compete for funding

You've seen them on television; entrepreneurs pitching their business ideas hoping to get funding from investors.

Some local female entrepreneurs share their ideas as part of a special women's business competition. 

Seven businesses had the chance to pitch their ideas, thanks to the Arizona Women's Education and Entrepreneur Center. The winner of Wednesday's competition will go onto a national competition, with the chance to meet big time investors and they could win a pretty big check.

Imagine getting a check for $15,000 to start your own business. That is the prize these women are vying for at the Innovate-her Fastpitch Business Challenge.

"Businesses have four minutes to pitch to a panel of six judges; we'll select one winner, and submit that one to D.C.," said Alicia Marseille.

One business that pitched their concept was The Sparkle Bar, a chic space for women to get their makeup done, minus the cost of a private artist, or the pressure to buy.

"A simple eyes, lips, and cheeks to full glam, which you know is appropriate for a black tie affair or events, or anything that you need to be on stage for," said Alexandra Bradberry, co-founder of the Sparkle Bar.

While creating their business, co-founders Alex and Leiah also created legislation. They teamed with Senator Kimberly Yee to pass a bill allowing seasoned makeup artists to work without a license.

"When we passed the bill we really wanted to do that right now for the women who are freelancing right here in Arizona," said Leah Sheibel.

Another contender at the pitch was Travilhugg. Founder Marianne Kunkin created an all-in-one travel gift card, a warm and friendly way to give travel to the ones you love.

"You can decide to take an entire vacation and use it toward airline, hotel, and destination activities," said Marianna Kunkin.

Marianna says most of Travel Hugg's management is female. She hopes her business will inspire other women to rethink the way they work.

"The 9-5 corporate mentality can be kind of shooken up a little for success and productivity without having to be behind that desk every day," said Kunkin.

If you're a woman and want to learn the skills to start a business like these women the Arizona Women's Education and Entrepreneur Center offers a variety of classes and services, all free of charge.

For more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/AweeCenterAZ
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