My wife, Kate and I own outdoor adventure company, DNK Presents. Last summer I applied for a chance to pitch our business at the Indiana Conference for Women. Shock, amazed, scared, were the words I was thinking when I first received the email that DNK Presents was accepted into the Pitch Competition. At the time, I did not know that my five minute pitch would connect us with several large organizations interested in our services, give me the tools I needed to successfully execute our business story, and a chance to connect with other impactful women and mentors as part of the process.
The months leading up to the conference were just as important as the day of. The Pitch Competition finalists received three optional check-in Startup Study Hall sessions conducted by The Startup Ladies, an organization that connects, identifies, educates, and connects women entrepreneurs starting up and scaling up their businesses, to assist us in our pitch. These sessions were incredibly valuable in the successful delivery of my pitch during the Indiana Conference for Women.
This connection and business growth would not have occurred without our participation in the Pitch Competition at the Indiana Conference for Women.
We made several connections from this experience; one of the most significant was made with $6 billion dollar technology company, Salesforce. Two of their executive team members approached Kate and I after the pitch, we met later that year, and have since scheduled an adventure outing with their Women’s Inspiration Network (WIN) group. This connection and business growth would not have occurred without our participation in the Pitch Competition at the Indiana Conference for Women. We could not have asked for a better experience from receiving the initial, you were accepted email, to the end of the conference. We are forever grateful to the courageous women who initiated this conference, and the amazing efforts of others to bring in influential women and businesses to this conference.