Five women-owned businesses boosted their bank accounts Wednesday after winning a slice of $20,000 in prize money as part of the StartRight business plan competition.
The top prizes, each worth $5,000, were divided into three categories. Feastie, a search engine that matches recipes with coupons, won the high-tech award. CervoCheck took home the biotech prize for its device to detect premature babies. The Pilates Center of Rockville, slated to open Sept. 15, won the general business award.
Two secondary prizes worth $2,500 apiece went to Popvox, an online forum to connect constituents with Congress, and Safe at Home, a home repair firm catering to the senior market.
Capital Business readers were asked to choose in an unscientific online poll which business owner had the best elevator pitch. My Hopeful Journey, a Web resource for couples undergoing fertility treatments, was the top vote getter.
The annual contest is hosted by Rockville Economic Development as part of the group’s mission to promote women in business. The awards were presented during a luncheon at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center.