2018 PepsiCo Choice Competition


WBENC is pleased to announce the inaugural PepsiCo Choice Competition. As in the ABC hit show Shark Tank, we are looking for entrepreneurs who are innovative and have a compelling story to share. Broadly, participants should have solutions/products to present in the areas of environmental sustainability, wellness & nutrition, or economic development.

The PepsiCo Choice Competition will take place at the 2018 WBENC National Conference & Business Fair in Detroit, MI which will be held June 19-21. For more information about the conference, visit conf.wbenc.org.

The application process is open to certified Women’s Business Enterprises with the WBENC or WEConnect certification. A business must be 51% or more women-owned and operated in order to be eligible for WBENC or WEConnect Certification. Learn more about certification at www.wbenc.org or www.weconnectinternational.org. Finalists for the PepsiCo Choice Competition will present onstage in front of the conference audience during the Thursday Luncheon on June 21st. Entrepreneurs from 3 finalist companies will be selected to give their best 5-minute presentation on their company, a new or existing product, market, or other innovation with the purpose of gaining valuable feedback from an expert panel of judges. One-minute videos for each Finalist will be shared during the program in advance of the five-minute onstage presentation. The winner of the Choice will receive $15,000 as a cash-prize to be used towards the improvement of their business, and will receive three-five mentoring sessions with PepsiCo executives.