6th Annual Pitch Competition Takes Hopeworks Entrepreneurs to New Heights!

We were truly impressed by the brilliance showcased at our 2024 Spring Pitch Competition! Talented and driven Hopeworks entrepreneurs unveiled their businesses to a panel of esteemed industry leaders. They received invaluable feedback and forged new connections, leading to exciting opportunities with potential customers.

The 1st place winner was Lola Ruiz, the founder of Lola’s Nail Cafe - a local nail business where she services clients with beautiful custom nail designs 


 The 2nd place winner was Jeremiah Reyes, the founder of PetalPods and FloraHouse, another young entrepreneur revolutionizing indoor gardening and creating unique party favors 


The remaining three pitchers were each awarded $1,000 in funding for their business thanks to two incredibly generous donors!


Thank you to all of our participants - (Lola RuizAnthony ColeNick CaraballoJeremiah Reyes, and Janiyah Gonzalez) who were confident enough to pitch their businesses, and humbly accept feedback on how to continue striving for success.

Thank you to our judges - (Ahmed Ali BobWil ReynoldsNatalie Nieves, and Michelle Miller) for taking the time to support our young professionals and provide practical and authentic feedback to each one. Our alumni panelists - Charlene NewbillWillem SchrieksNatalie Nieves, and Raymond Alvira for providing real-life business advice to our Pitch Competition participants and audience.

Thank you to our incredible host Brad Aronson for hosting the competition, building the entrepreneurship ecosystem at Hopeworks, and helping to support and grow countless businesses in the Hopeworks community. Lastly, a huge thank you to our sponsors - BlockWasserman Properties, and NJM Insurance Group for the support!

Check out the entrepreneur's businesses below and please support 


Lola - https://lnkd.in/erJvaMak
Anthony - https://lnkd.in/eTMdip6D
Jeremiah - https://lnkd.in/eFj-BGwD
Janiyah - https://lnkd.in/eC2EizRF
Nick - https://lnkd.in/e2PAqaeP

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