Startups, small businesses to compete for grant funding at Aviatra Flight Night Pitch contest

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Aviatra Accelerators, a nonprofit that supports women-owned startups and small businesses, will hold its annual Flight Night Pitch contest at Northern Kentucky University on Sept. 7. The event showcases four local female-founded companies that have recently completed Aviatra’s Launch class.

Launch is a 10-week, 30-hour program designed specifically for newer, revenue-positive businesses and those in business for between one and three years who want to take their startup to the next level.

The event will be held at NKU’s Griffin Hall Digitorium on Wednesday, Sept. 7, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The female entrepreneurs who will compete for grant funding at Flight Night are:

  • Molly Hoying, owner of Vale Technologies, LLC, which takes CO2 from natural gas and converts it to a recoverable fuel
  • Ann Johnston, owner of Hyde Forty-Seven, a line of patent-pending interchangeable jewelry
  • Helen On and Julie Rowland, owners of The Nail Salon Network, an app written in Vietnamese for 60,000 Vietnamese independent nail salon owners to bring overall efficiencies to their businesses and increase profits
  • Abbi Rettig, owner of Tickety-Boo Treats, a manufacturer of allergen-friendly desserts for people with dietary restrictions

During the 10-week LAUNCH program, business owners created a business plan with a three-year financial projection, validated by the U.S. Small Business Administration, worked with assigned SCORE mentors, and participated in networking and coaching.

President/CEO of Aviatra Accelerators, Nancy Aichholz, said Flight Night showcases the effectiveness of the LAUNCH program and what female entrepreneurs can accomplish.

Tickets to Aviatra’s Flight Night are on sale now and can be reserved here.

The winners of the 2021 pitch competition were Emily Bruns and Sofia Mimendi of Aclipse Campervans, who received a $6,000 grant from Aviatra, and Dominique Khoury of Looqma, who received a $4,000 grant.

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