Earlier this month, Tiffany Smith from Northwestern Kellogg (MBA 2017) won the Austin-based Forté Power Pitch Competition. Smith’s business idea, OrangePrint, focuses on preventing low-to medium-risk incarcerated individuals from relapsing into criminal behavior by providing them with career opportunities upon their release from prison. Smith and her team were awarded $7,500 and a Microsoft Surface laptop from Sohana Punithakumar, the product marketing manager for Microsoft Surface.
Smith is pictured below receiving her award.
Forté Power Pitch Competition is the first and only pitch competition for female MBA students from 50 of the top MBA programs in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. The competition offers powerful, aspiring women entrepreneurs an opportunity to present their business concepts to a panel of judges and female MBA peers. Teams are all women-led with a majority of female team members (50% or more).
This year, there were 19 teams, four of whom were selected to compete in the final round of the competition. The finalists were:
1. OrangePrint, Kellogg School of Management (Smith’s team)
2. Flair Jewelry, Harvard Business School
3. Portmanteau Jewelry Collection, Vanderbilt Owen School of Business
4. Kitchen Table, Yale School of Management