Take Off Now! Pitch Competition Winners

The Winners of the Take Off Now!

Pitch Competition 2021

Brought to you by Accompany Capital and New York Women in Business. Funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation.

We have our winners!

Five startups and five existing businesses were selected from 160 entries based on their written applications and video pitches.


  • 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

The People’s Choice Award

The winner of an additional $1,000 based on live voting at our Perfect Your Pitch event:

Butcher Girls

Erika Nakamura’s & Jocelyn Guest


1st Prize in Startups


Rebecca Grafstein


2nd Prize in Startups

Balkan Bites

Ariana Tolka


1st Prize in Existing Businesses


 Rowena Scherer


2nd Prize in Existing Businesses

Janie’s Life-Changing Baked Goods

Janie Deegan


People’s Choice

Conexion Chocolate

Jenny Samaniego


Honorable Mention

cityWell Brooklyn

Liz Tortolani


Honorable Mention

House of Playful Soul

Thuy Petersen


Honorable Mention


Miho Shoji


Honorable Mention

Sisters 3 Tea

Christine Yarde


Honorable Mention

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