PROCESS: The competition has three phases: first, an application-based judging round (the application below must be completed in full and submitted by April 6 to be considered), followed by a phone-based interview with the semi-finalists (between April 14 and April 16), and then a live community tasting and pitch competition at Glen's Garden Market's Earth Day Birthday celebration on April, 20, 2019. To be eligible to win AccelerateHERdc, finalists must participate in the live pitch & tasting event.
PRIZES: The winner will receive a $6,000 no-strings investment from Glen’s and the Chobani Incubator, a year-long professional mentorship with Glen’s Garden Market Founder Danielle Vogel; an appearance on the radio show and podcast Everyday Enviro on Full Service Radio; hour-long strategic consultations with top executives from Annie’s (Ali Kelley and Dan Stangler) and Chobani Incubator Director Zoe Feldman; three, hour-long marketing consultations with Glen’s Garden Market Marketing Director, Meredith Harris; and a complimentary entry to the Good Food Mercantile in Brooklyn this July. All finalists will receive a one-hour branding and storytelling consultation with Caroline Westerman, CEO of LION Brand Consultancy.
ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA: applicants must be women, or those who identify as women, producing food or beverage products within the states of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed (DC, VA, MD, PA, NY, WV, DE). Those products must be available for sale already, or retail-ready. Products still in the conceptual stage and non-food or beverage products will not be considered.