The Pompea EntreprenHER program provided a platform for entrepreneurs to network, gain brand exposure, and develop their presentation skills while sharing their passion and creativity.
June 2, 2021
The Pompea EntrepreneHER program tried to empower entrepreneurs.
Alex Flores ’22 MPA recently attended a unique program during which five Connecticut entrepreneurs presented their businesses and shared their passion with the college community. The founders of the business, all women, discussed their inspiration, ideas, and goals as part of their launches, which Flores considered “admirable.”
Following the launches of the entrepreneurs, Flores spoke as part of the event, titled Pompea EntrepreneHER, inviting entrepreneurs who showed up to collaborate with the University and mentoring students.
“It’s refreshing to see how inspiring these people who shared their plots are,” said Flores, who acts as deputy treasurer of the University’s Women in Business Club, which organized the event. “We are always looking for information from small business owners as well as success stories and what can be learned from failure.”
Among those who launched their businesses were the founders of Queen Bee, which creates and sells sanitary traits and supports the protection of bees, and Big Hire, a construction and recruitment company in the construction industry. Each founder discussed their company, their products and / or services and their goals.
“It was an amazing opportunity”
Striving to empower women, the competition, open to entrepreneurs from all industries, provided a platform for women entrepreneurs to show their passion and creativity as well as their business. Participants improved their professional skills while networking with mentors and investors and gaining brand exposure.
“We celebrate these ladies because of their achievements, tenacity and entrepreneurial mindset,” said Candice Deal, Ph.D., assistant dean of Pompea College of Business University. “Pompea EntreprenHER is not just a competition. It’s a platform to support and help women. ”
Land Maverick took first place in the competition.
Held virtually, the entrepreneurs presented their presentations to the university community, as well as a jury that included Debra Logan-Rabb ’92 MBA, a member of the University Women’s Leadership Council who now works for PepsiCo and Susan D Agostino ’85 MBA, member of the Women’s Leadership Council and the advisory board of the Pompeii College of Business.
Several students also participated in the program. Gabriella Garcia-Perez ’24, one of the leading companies in business management, discussed the Mentoring Program on Community Integration, the nonprofit organization she founded, and Hannah Providence ’22 helped present a of the awards.
“It was an amazing opportunity,” said Providence, an economics specialist. “We thank the entrepreneurs who created their businesses.”
“Their businesses are inspiring and goal-oriented”
To participate in the competition, employers had to have companies that were at least in the start-up phase or very close to launch. Companies must have been run by a female CEO or at least half of their founders are women or identify as women. Entrepreneurs competed for monetary prizes and mentoring opportunities.
Sharing the Barre, which creates and sells inclusive and sustainably produced dancewear, took third place in the contest and SheIsArt, a media company that shares the stories of young black women, finished second. Land Maverick, an intelligent robot for maintaining golf courses, took first place.
Sharing the Barrier creates and sells inclusive dancewear.
Josephine Moran ’01 MS, EMBA ’19, co-founder of the University’s Women’s Leadership Council and chair of the Pompeian University College of Business Advisory Committee, announced the results of the competition.
“It was a fabulous event,” said Moran, executive vice president and head of corporate services and consumer loan officer at Provident Bank, which is also a member of the University’s Governing Board. “I was so inspired that I didn’t want it to end. Everyone did a great job and their presentations were amazing. Their businesses are inspiring and purpose-oriented. They are all winners. ”