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Finalists announced for Hy-Vee OpportUNITY Inclusive Business Summit pitch competition June 1

Over 200 business owners and entrepreneurs are expected to attend the Hy-Vee OpportUNITY Inclusive Business Summit and pitch competition on Thursday, June 1 at Monona Terrace Convention Center-Madison Ballroom. Registration is still open for attendees and walk-ups are welcome.

The Hy-Vee OpportUNITY Inclusive Business Summit is a free daylong professional development conference and pitch competition for minority- and women-owned businesses. Following the pitch competition, Hy-Vee will award a total of $50,000 to local businesses across greater Madison area and surrounding states.

A total of 15 minority- or women-owned businesses have been selected to participate in one of three pitch competition categories to showcase their products or services. A panel of judges will select one winner of the $30,000 grand prize, as well as one business from each pitch category to win $5,000. Additional cash investments may be awarded. The following businesses have been selected out of more than 90 applicants to present during the pitch competition:

·         Bear’s Bites, East Peoria, IL

·         FlavR Beverage Company, Kansas City, MO

·         theEATbar, Lake Forest, IL

·         T-Rex Cookie, Eagan, MN

·         Yips Snacks, Madison, WI

·         Altruize, Beloit, WI

·         FerskTech, Corcoran, MN

·         Hood & Fade, Madison, WI

·         Melanin Minded, Milwaukee, WI

·         Nerdbugs, Madison, WI

·         EverFit, Shawnee, KS

·         FAVORYT Brand, Seymore, WI

·         Luscious Beauty by Courtney, Madison, WI

·         The Joy of Curls, Des Moines, WI

·         Valley Self Defense, Stillwater, MN