Take Off Now! Pitch Competition Finalists

10 Finalists

Five startups and five existing businesses were selected from 160 entries based on their written applications and video pitches. Prizes for this Take Off Now! Pitch Competition will be awarded on Feb. 24

  • 1st prize in Startup of $10,000.00
  • 1st prize in Existing of $10,000.00
  • 2nd Prize in Startup of $2,500.00
  • 2nd Prize in Existing of $2,500.00
  • People’s Choice Award of $1,000.00

The People’s Choice Award

On Feb. 24, the audience favorite gets additional $1,000 based on live voting. 

The finalists in alphabetical order

Balkan Bites

Ariana Tolka

Butcher Girls

Erika Nakamura & Jocelyn Guest

cityWell Brooklyn

Liz Tortolani

Conexion Chocolate

Jenny Samaniego


Rowena Scherer

House of Playful Soul

Thuy Petersen

Janie’s Life-Changing Baked Goods

Janie Deegan


Rebecca Grafstein


Miho Shoji

Sisters 3 Tea

Christine Yarde

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