Women of color sweep business accelerator competition

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – It’s not an easy time to start or grow a business right now, but three San Diego women did just that and are the winners of the Union Bank Start-up Pitch Competition.

Anahi Abe-Brower of Worthy Picks, Meri Birhane from Meri Consulting Services, and Jasmine Sadler of The STEAM Collaborative joined Good Morning San Diego to discuss their accomplishments.

The first-place winner of the competition is Worthy Picks, a startup owned by Anahi Abe-Brower, offering a curated selection of eco-friendly products, specializing in bamboo and organic cotton, to inspire a sustainable lifestyle. Abe-Brower received a $7,500 cash prize to support her business.

“Anahi Abe-Brower did a fantastic job of showing the judges the need for her eco-friendly business and growth trajectory,” said Jeanette Gann-Escobar, Union Bank Director and Branch Manager for the downtown San Diego location and a judge on the panel. “We agree with Anahi that big changes often start with small steps and look forward to seeing her company thrive.”

The second-place award went to Meri Consulting Services, a professional services firm that provides proven sales, legal, digital transformation and marketing strategies to tech startups and small-to-medium size businesses, led by Meri Birhane. The startup won a $5,000 cash prize, as well as the “Audience Choice” Award based on public voting.

Placing third, The STEAM Collaborative focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) with youth program leaders to innovate STEAM education solutions, targeting girls and African American youth. The company, which is led by Jasmine Sadler, was awarded $2,500.

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