Three entrepreneurs walked away with some cold, hard cash after the 2020 GEW Central Arkansas Pitch Event.
Kanesha Adams of Eduscape Room, Keneasha Scott of K Scott Consults LLC, and Beatrice Klokpah of Eunoia Therapy & Self Improvement received cash prizes for their pitch performances.
On Tuesday, Nov. 17, nine entrepreneurs participated in the pitch event, which is part of Global Entrepreneurship Week. During the event, the entrepreneurs had two minutes to pitch their idea or business.
These entrepreneurs include Kanesha Adams of Eduscape Room, Daniel Sharp of Apothewell, Veronica Wirges of Monsterboy Lives, Michele Wright of My Water Buddy, Benjamin Harrison of FareMarket, Keneasha Scott of K Scott Consults LLC, Misti Staley of Staley House LLC, Beatrice Klokpah of Eunoia Therapy & Self Improvement, and Jesse Steelman of Spec Ops Gaming LLC.
The entrepreneurs were divided into three groups, with three companies per group. The categories were based on annual recurring revenue, with one category representing companies with $0-$25,000 in revenue, one category representing companies with $25,001-$50,000 in revenue and one category representing companies with $50,001 or more in revenue.
In total, $18,500 was on the line. Of this total, $2,500 was for the $0-25,000 category; a $5,000 prize was for the $25,001-50,000 category; and a $10,000 prize was available for the $50,001+ category. There was an additional $1,000 cash prize for the Best in Show winner, voted on by the audience.
Following the pitches, the judges –Central Arkansas Water special advisor Tamika Edwards, Little Rock Regional Chamber director of business retention and expansion Raymond Long, and Arvest Bank assistant vice president Bethany Erwin-Tharp – made their decisions.
Adams won the $1,000 prize for Eduscape Room, while Klokpah received the $10,000 prize for her pitch for her company Eunoia Therapy & Self Improvement. Meanwhile, Scott received both the $5,000 prize for the $25,001-50,000 category and the audience voting award of $1,000, for a total of $6,000.
The event was hosted by the Venture Center, Conductor, Innovate Arkansas, and the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center.