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Local minority-and women-owned businesses are invited to apply for the chance to showcase their products or services during a pitch competition at the Hy-Vee OpportUNITY Inclusive Business Summit. Selected applicants will present to a panel of judges for the chance to win up to $30,000 as an investment for future endeavors.

Ready to pitch?

  • Step 1: Apply to pitch your products or services
    Visit www.hy-veeopportunitysummit.com to apply at no cost by 11:59 p.m. (CDT) on May 19, 2024. Businesses should meet these criteria:

    • Minority- or woman-owned business
    • Midwest-based
    • Corporate office or headquarters must be based in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota and/or Wisconsin or otherwise produce all products and services from one of the above listed states
    • Offer economically viable and/or previously tested products or services in one of the following categories: food and beverage; product innovation and technology; health, wellness, and beauty.
  • Step 2: Participate in a pitch competition at Hy-Vee’s OpportUNITY Inclusive Business Summit
    Pre-selected applicants will be invited to make a short presentation during a pitch competition at the summit as part of a day-long networking and professional development event for small businesses.Hy-Vee OpportUNITY Inclusive Business Summit
    June 18, 2024
    8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
    Sioux Falls Convention Center

Sioux Falls, SD 57104

  • Step 3: WIN!
    Businesses will participate in one of three pitch categories: food and beverage; product innovation and technology; or health, wellness, and beauty.

A panel of judges will select one grand prize winner to earn $30,000. Plus, one first-place winner will be selected from each pitch category (three categories) to win $5,000 each. Additional cash investments will be awarded.

Not interested in pitching?
No problem! Register to attend the summit at no cost to enjoy one-on-one mentoring with Hy-Vee store directors, networking & professional development activities, and watch local companies compete in the pitch competition! General summit attendees can register at www.hy-veeopportunitysummit.com.


Denny Sanford PREMIER Center
1201 North West Avenue
Sioux Falls, SD 57104
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