Biz Pitch at #NGLCC19
2019 LGBT Biz Pitch winner, Marti Hoffer, Lumenomics
Even though it has been nearly two months since #NGLCC19 made a splash in Tampa Bay, we are still so proud of the networking, connections, and opportunities that took place at the 2019 NGLCC International Business & Leadership Conference. We’re taking a look back on one of our favorite parts of every NGLCC Conference, the LGBT Biz Pitch Competition.
At NGLCC, our certified LGBTBEs are the foundation of our mission. The LGBT Biz Pitch competition showcases innovative LGBT-owned businesses and helps them grow through gaining valuable knowledge and skillsets. Similar to the hit ABC show Shark Tank, the NGLCC LGBT Biz Pitch competition allows LGBTBE owners to compete in presenting their business ideas for thousands of dollars in cash and prizes.
At this year’s Conference, the eighth installment of our Biz Pitch competition was bigger and better than ever before with the winner walking away with over $50,000 in cash and prizes. A second LGBTBE owner, chosen by the audience's popular vote, even walked away with a free pass to the upcoming 2019 NGLCC National Dinner in November.
All four contestants -- Brand|Pride, Growing Greener Innovations, Lumenomics, and Radimo -- shared captivating pitches with our panel of accomplished expert judges, which included NGLCC Co-Founder & CEO Chance Mitchell; Rose Hatcher, Director of Supplier Diversity at Viacom; and David Beatty, Founder & Managing Partner of Gaingels.
Left to right: Chance Mitchell, NGLCC Co-Founder & CEO of NGLCC;
Rose Hatcher, Director of Supplier Diversity at Viacom;
David Beatty, Founder & Managing Partner of Gaingels
The winner of the 2019 NGLCC LGBT Biz Pitch competition was Lumenomics.
Lumenomics, a natural lighting company, strives to create lit spaces where happiness, productivity, and comfort can thrive.
“I am excited to help the audience at-large understand that natural light is good for us. It doesn’t just reduce the cost of electricity, it also increases our health and wellness,” said Lumenomics Founder Marti Hoffer.
Hoffer also talked about how NGLCC has helped her grow her business and in her personal life.
“NGLCC was an opportunity to come out again, and to realize that there are bigger pieces of me that I was still hiding. It is an opportunity to be completely free. I have gained a lot of confidence,” Hoffer noted.
Founder of Growing Greener Innovations, Connie Stacey, was the winner of the audience’s popular vote. Growing Greener Innovations is a business that works to develop battery energy storage systems. These systems can power a small home up to an entire city, and are more sustainable and cost-effective than other methods.
Founder of Growing Greener Innovations, Connie Stacey
Stacey told us that the exposure is one of the most valuable aspects of participating in Biz Pitch.
“The most exciting part about Biz Pitch is that you get to pitch to every person in the room. Obviously the prize is amazing, but it is an amazing opportunity to talk to so many potential clients at one time,” Stacey said.
Radimo, a brand house that represents diverse- and minority-owned companies and serves as a marketing consulting agency, expressed how important it is to be onstage with three other LGBT-owned businesses.
Left to right: Dan Owens, Founder of Radimo; Jordi, Radimo Consultant; LGBT Biz Pitch judges
“It is important to find pockets of our community, so that we can help each other thrive,” said Radimo’s Founder & CEO Dan Owens.
Brand|Pride, a company that helps businesses purchase their apparel and goods for Pride Month in a meaningful way, explained how NGLCC has helped them since becoming certified.
“NGLCC has provided us with so many opportunities,” said Brand|Pride Founder Elise Lindborg
Biz Pitch at #NGLCC19 was a competition to remember. Each business demonstrated how important economic empowerment is in the LGBT community: it helps companies like these thrive and grow to their fullest potential.