Bakers take the cake at latest Entrepreneur Rising Academy pitch

June 20, 2023

Bakers won the day last Thursday at the culminating pitch competition for the spring 2023 cohort of Entrepreneur Rising Academy!

First place went to Jessica Kellar, founder of The Heart Baker, whipping up nostalgic treats. Second place went to Jasmine Hill, founder of Jars By Jas, whipping up cheesecake in a jar.

“My favorite part was meeting everybody, the relationships, we’re still chatting with each other, we got plans, we’re working on building all of our businesses, and if we can do it together, we will be stronger,” Jessica said.

“It was the whole journey, learning everybody’s passions, reconnecting with my passion, my why, bringing myself out of the hustle culture of it all,” Jasmine shared. “It was the whole package, 10/10 highly recommend!”

Tap into the Academy

Entrepreneur Rising Academy is a free, 10-week, business-building bootcamp managed by Launch Dayton partner Parallax Advanced Research. The next cohort kicks off July 12!

Participants complete Kauffman FastTrac coursework from the nationally-renowned Kauffman Foundation, receive pitch coaching and hands-on mentoring, weekly discussions with successful entrepreneurs and experts, & access to Dayton’s business resource providers.

The bootcamp helps early-stage founders and business owners build the foundational knowledge needed to launch and grow successful businesses.

Other spring 2023 cohort graduates include:

  • Fadi Ibrahim, Fadi Barcode
  • Jenniffer Hrovat, Gem City Speech Therapy
  • Tina Donovan, Discovery Tales
  • Jevonte Samuels, Land & Hand Helpers
  • Jacqueline Lovett, ManifestLuxe
  • Kesha Beavers, My Life Investments
  • Da’Ves Malone, Sprouting Dreams
  • Imani Spratling, Legendz Den
  • Alicia Brown, Write with Mrs. Brown
  • Augustina DeLeon, Frios Gourmet Pops

Curious if Entrepreneur Rising Academy is a fit for you? Learn more & apply for our next cohort, kicking off in just a few weeks!