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Pitch Competition | Saturday, August 24, 2024

LDEI Pitch Competition

Les Dames d ’Escoffier International (LDEI) Cleveland Chapter is holding a business pitch competition for female entrepreneurs in the food, beverage, or hospitality industries operating in Northeast Ohio. Both women-owned start-up businesses and established businesses are eligible to apply. Only non-members of LDEI may apply (although we would love to have you apply to join LDEI, if eligible, after the competition is over!).

If you are selected as a finalist, you will make an in-person, 15-minute pitch to our judges at the Cleveland Garlic Festival in Shaker Square on Saturday, August 24th, 2024 at 4:00 pm where winners will be selected.

Cash prizes will be awarded to 1st ($3,000) 2nd ($2,000) and 3rd ($1,000) place winners. and all finalists will also receive an opportunity to promote their products and services at a North Union Farmer’s Market booth on either 8/3, 8/10 or 8/17, sponsored by the USDA.

APPLY by July 20, 2024:

To apply, please email the following information to destiny@cleurbanwinery.com AND pat@bennmar.com:

  • Completed and Signed Application Form (download below)
  • A copy of your business’s Vendor’s License
  • A copy of your business’s W-9

The deadline for application submissions is July 20, 2024.
You will be notified no later than August 1, 2024 of the results of your application or finalist selection.

LDEI Pitch Competition Application

About LDEI: We are a philanthropic organization of women leaders in the food, beverage, and hospitality industries. Our membership is highly diversified (with 2,400 members in 44 chapters across the USA, Canada, UK, Mexico, France, and Italy) and reflects the fields of contemporary gastronomy and hospitality. We support our communities through grants, scholarships, and mentorship. Prospective members must have at least five years of relevant industry experience to apply to become a Dame.

We welcome donations in any amount to support these efforts! THANK YOU!



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