Rise Up Women+

Rise up is now more than a pitch competition. The BBPA evolved it into a full entrepreneurial program for Black women called Rise Up Women+.

Rise Up Women+ will run from October 2022 to March 2023. As you can see from these timelines, this session of Rise Up Women+ culminates with Pitch Day, where you’ll have a chance to win tens of thousands of dollars in prizes and support for your business.

  1. September 2022 (ongoing) – Register for Rise Up Women+.
  2. October 2022 to January 2023 – Participate in training, workshops and/or boot camps according to your business stage. Level one training will start virtually on October 3rd, followed by level 2 and 3 training.
  3. February 2023 – Pitch submissions and coaching begins. To qualify for this stage of the program, you’ll need a full business plan and complete level 2 training.
  4. March 2023 – Take part in Pitch Day on March 8, 2023. Provided you complete the first three phases of the program, you’ll qualify for the pitch competition.

If you’re a Black female entrepreneur who is over 18 in any stage of business or industry and you want to develop key skills, expand your network and receive support (financial and other), register now for Rise Up Women+.

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View resources for entrepreneurs on topics of:

  • Sustaining & Growing Your Business
  • Templates, eBooks & Success Stories
  • Research
  • Incorporation

  • Exporting
  • Community
  • Pitching Basics

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Award Categories

Rise Up includes eight different award categories representing various sectors, business and life stages with both financial and non-financial prizes awarded to the winners:

  • Start-Up

  • Youth Entrepreneur

  • Hospitality & Food

  • Consumer Goods & Services

  • Technology & Manufacturing

  • Business Services

  • Best Creative Business

  • Innovation/COVID-19 Pivot

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