Submission deadline is
September 24, 2019 at 5:00pm EST.
- All organizations considered must be a local Grand Rapids area non-profit. Non-profit organizations located within a 30-mile radius of downtown Grand Rapids are considered to be Grand Rapids area non-profits for this competition. Please contact us if you are unclear if your location fits these parameters.
- The Grand Rapids area based non-profit must be majority owned and/or managed by a woman age 18 or older who is not related to any WISE founders.
- WISE encourages small non-profit organizations founded and/or conceived of by women. Female must hold key management role and be actively involved in the operations of the organization and participate in the WISE Shark Tank presentation.
- All non-profit entries will be dedicated to serving one of three categories: women, children or families. The mission of the organization is not limited. The mission/purpose of the organization can be; to feed, clothe, educate, care for, increase awareness of, etc.
WISE reserves the right to confirm that an applicant meets these requirements.
All non-profit organizations will be judged based on the same criteria. All submissions must be original work. WISE reserves the right to reject or disqualify any entry for reasons including, but not limited to:
- does not meet the eligibility requirements;
- violates any local, state or national law and/or appears to be unethical in nature;
- does not follow application directions or submits an incomplete application
Three finalists will be selected to present at the WISE Grand Rapids Non-Profit Pitch Competition
July 20 – September 24, 2019
Review Period – September
Beginning of October
Final Pitch Competition
November 6th 2019
Finalists Pitch: Presenters will be allotted 15 minutes each to present to the panel and audience. The presentation format is flexible from a one-on-one discussion to an interactive or Powerpoint presentation, the medium is up to the presenter. Chosen non-profit presenters will be evaluated by judges who will select the winners.