After 10 weeks of virtual workshops, we are excited to present our B-Smart: Spring 2022 Cohort Pitch and Present Competition. Join us in-person to hear from the latest B-Smart cohort as early-stage businesses pitch to win up to $20K in on-the-spot financing.
Winners receive on-the-spot loan requests of up to $20,000, approved by VestedIn. In addition to financing, three grant prizes will be awarded between $1000-$2000 by Citizens, Wells Fargo, and WSFS. All pitch participants will receive ongoing technical assistance and support for their businesses post-program.
Join us in partnership with the University City Science Center and Venture Cafe as we celebrate the hard work of these outstanding entrepreneurs and see who will win the grand prize!
PLUS: You will have an opportunity to connect with local business owners and support their businesses during our small business expo immediately following the pitches!
Featured businesses and judges to be announced.
B-Smart is a robust 10-week entrepreneurship program created in 2017 to address the lack of legitimate and accessible training for early-stage companies. Through the program’s mentorship with MBA Students and Coaches, rigorous curriculum taught by actual entrepreneurs, a pitch competition for on-the-spot grants and loan capital, and ongoing technical assistance, B-Smart has supported over 140 businesses and awarded over $101,000.00 in capital commitments to participants. B-Smart was designed by the West Philadelphia Corridor Collaborative, VestedIn, and the Drexel University Beachell Family Learning Center.