Boozy Bites—the world’s “first premium edible cocktail” featuring a proprietary vegan and wine-based gel in a patented push-up cup—took home the top prize of $10,000 at EOSERA’s inaugural EmpowHERment Pitch Competition in Fort Worth Thursday.
The three finalists—narrowed down from 10 semifinalists—took the stage at the UNT Health Science Center Next Offices in Fort Worth.
Boozy Bites founder Dee Dee Bryant competed against two other women-led companies: Heralogie, a company that offers “unparalleled comfort, security, and peace of mind with their unique, tree-based, breathable period panties that mold to your body”; and PWR WMN, which makes blazers with pockets that are functional and feminine and which won the $2,500 people’s choice award.
Walking the talk
“You’re inspiring other women entrepreneurs to get out there and believe in themselves,” EOSERA CEO Elyse Stoltz Dickerson said to the three pitching founders. “That’s no small thing.”
The Fort Worth biotech aimed to highlight female founders during Global Entrepreneurship Week in Panther City with its inaugural EmpowHERment Pitch Competition.
The female-led biotech company, which develops innovative products for the ear care space, plans to make the pitch competition an annual part of Global Entrepreneurship Week.
Judging the pitches
Stephanie Hicks, Abe Minkara, and Karen Noseff Aldridge were judges for the pitch. All three are deeply involved in the ecosystem:
Hicks is Worldwide New Products and Portfolio Strategy Director at Novartis.
Minkara is the founding partner of Legacy Knight, a multi-family office that provides exclusive investment access and tailored advisory services to ultra-high net worth families and family offices.
Noseff Aldridge, who founded Rebel Athletic in 2013, “dominates the all-star cheerleading apparel market” and has expanded into dance and athletic wear.
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