The Tory Burch Foundation has named the 10 Fellows selected to participate in the second yearlong Fellowship Program for women’s entrepreneurs.
The program offers the entrepreneurs access to education, mentoring and networking opportunities, including a $10,000 business education grant. Chosen from an initial pool of more than 800 candidates, 30 finalists participated in a public online vote with about 50,000 votes cast to help determine the final 10 fellows.
“Women entrepreneurs in the early stages of developing their businesses need tremendous support. Our goal is to provide the tools and platform they need to grow and thrive,” said Tory Burch, founder of the foundation and chief executive officer and designer of Tory Burch LLC.
The 2017 Tory Burch Foundation are:
• Anit Hora, Mullein & Sparrow, Brooklyn, N.Y.
• Kimberly Jung, Rumi Spice, Chicago
• Katalina Mayorga, El Camino Travel, Washington, D.C.
• Paris Sabo, Dr. Brite, Irvine, Calif.
• Jennifer Saxton, Tot Squad, Los Angeles
• Allison Schickel, Brobe International, Austin, Tex.
• Anita Shepherd, Anita’s Yogurt, Brooklyn, N.Y.
• Lauren Sweeney, Dotted Line Collaborations, Richmond
• Eliza Whiteman, Fly Dog Yoga, Charlottesville, Va.
• Janel Young, Nava Pets, Longwood, Fla.
In addition to the business grant, the fellows will take part in a three-day workshop at Burch’s New York headquarters where they will participate in a pitch competition to present their business plans in front of a judging panel of successful entrepreneurs and influencers. As a result of these presentations, one fellow will receive a $100,000 grant investment in her business.
The judges for the pitch are Burch; William Crowder, managing partner, 42 Venture Partners; Anne Fulenwider, editor in chief, Marie Claire; Rachna Shah, partner, managing director, p.r. and digital, KCD; Kimberly Weisul, editor at large, Inc. Magazine and Inc.com, and Joanne Wilson, angel investor, blogger and cofounder of WE Festival.