NYWIB/Accompany Capital PITCH TANK winners

The NYWIB/Accompany Capital PITCH TANK 2023 business competition celebrated the success of six outstanding women-owned businesses in New York City. Four Early Stage and Existing Businesses were awarded $25,000 and $10,000, while another business received $5,000 for its positive community impact. The Awards Ceremony, presented live, showcased pitches from twelve finalists, with the audience voting for their favorite to win the People’s Choice Award of $5,000.

These entrepreneurs play a crucial role in driving the city’s economy, serving as inspirations with their vision, creativity, and tenacity. They were chosen from 250 applications by a panel of 35 industry professionals, business experts, investors, and SCORE mentors.

Learn even more about these remarkable businesses and their achievements by visiting their websites to discover what set them apart.


Existing Business

Tammeca Rochester,

Harlem Cycle

Tammeca established Harlem’s first and only cycling studio, conducting over 12,000 wellness classes and embodying the community’s vibrant spirit.

Url: https://harlem-cycle.com


Existing Business

Sasha Millstein,

Aunt Ethel’s

Sasha, Founder of Aunt Ethel’s Pot Pies, innovates with pre-baked/frozen pot pies that can be reheated quickly in 5 minutes for a freshly baked taste and a crisp crust.

Url: https://auntethels.com


Early Stage Business

Emilie Hernandez,

Mani Mina

Emilie, Founder of Mani Mina NY, makes beautiful, soft dolls that spark wonder and imagination, and also teaches children and adults how to create their own dream dolls.

Url: https://www.etsy.com/shop/manimina


Early Stage Business

Rianna Young,

Happy Hounds

Rianna, the CEO of Happy Hounds CBD, makes treats and tinctures to help pets stay stress-free,
calming anxiety and improving their mood and mobility.

Url: https://happyhoundscbd.com

Audience Choice

Paulana Lamonier,

Black People Will Swim

Paulana, established Black People Will Swim, a company on a mission to break the stereotype that Black people don’t swim. Their goal is to teach 2,020 Black people and individuals of colour how to swim within the first 3 years of operation.

Url: https://www.blackpeoplewillswim.com

Community Award

Vandra Thorburn,


Vandra, an expert in residential and municipal food waste solutions, leads Vokashi, New York’s distinctive compost collection service. In its 14th year, Vokashi serves households, small businesses, and catering services with specialized waste solutions.

Url: https://vokashi.com/

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