July 27, 2022 – PEI Businesswomen’s Association: The PEI Business Women’s Association (PEIBWA) is pleased to announce that Sarah Bennetto O’Brien, owner of The Handpie Company located in Albany, PEI is the winner of the 2022 Sensational Summer PitchFest Competition launched in May.
This program – the first of its kind in PEI – was a competitive pitch competition for women entrepreneurs from across PEI seeking to grow and expand their operations. Judges – Cathy Bennett, Founding Manager & Partner, Sandpiper Ventures; Martie Murphy, CoOwner, D.P. Murphy; Cathy Rose, Owner-Operator, Rose Dental Lab/Seaspray PEI Vacation Rentals & PEI Business Advisory Services; and Margaret Magner, CEO, PEIBWA – determined that O’Brien’s project had the most potential for success and would benefit from the $15,000 cash prize.
The Handpie Company is in the process of scaling up its operations and capacity with an ambitious expansion of facility space from 2,400 to 11,000 square feet this fall. PEIBWA CEO, Margaret Magner was impressed by the quality of all the competition applicants.
“The 15 original applicants have been connected with PEIBWA in so many ways: as PEIBWA members; graduates of our accelerator and incubator cohorts; participants in our training sessions and networking events; and recipients of past funding. It was a difficult choice to identify the six finalists, and even more challenging to select the winner. PEIBWA is proud to have participated in empowering them all and supporting the development of their businesses.”
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