Bumble, the women-first social network with over 65 million users worldwide, partnered with Detroit Blows, an inclusive, non-toxic finishing salon founded by Nia Batts, Katy Cockrel and actress-activist Sophia Bush, to host a Bumble Bizz pitch competition for women entrepreneurs in Detroit. Bumble worked specifically with Detroit Grows, the philanthropic arm of Detroit Blows, to empower women in business within the community.
On Sunday, August 25, Bumble and Detroit Blows announced four finalists of the competition during a private brunch event celebrating inspiring local women founders. Community leaders and influencers attended in support of both brands’ commitment to women’s empowerment.
The four finalists were: Birth Detroit, Paisley Paper Co. Sisters on a Roll, and WEmpower, Inc. The $10,000 grant went to Birth Detroit and the three runners-up were surprised with additional grants of $5,000 and $2,500 to put towards the growth of their businesses. The pitch competition was facilitated through Bumble Bizz, the professional networking mode within the Bumble app.
The competition made an open call to women entrepreneurs in Detroit with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. Guests enjoyed delicious bites and drinks as they connected with women founders in the Detroit community. Complimentary glam services and a professional headshot station were also available for attendees.
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