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Women Entrepreneur Grant

 WELCOME, BABE! 

Well, hello there! Cheers to you for carving out the time to learn more about Eat Me Guilt Free's female entrepreneurship grant: You Glow Girl! We started the program in 2021 to support one fortunate femme in taking her business to the next level and now, the program is growing and glowing. This is our second year in a row and we are so excited to introduce a more streamlined application process and a bigger and better prize package! Keep reading to learn more.

 LET US INTRODUCE OURSELVES 

For those of you that are new to the brand, welcome to the family! For those of you that have been following us for a while, then you know how much this grant means to us and to Cristie Besu, our founder and CEO. Cristie has been making drool-worthy, guilt-free treats for more than five years. As a mother of three and a business owner, she made significant sacrifices to launch her brand, having first-hand experience of the hardships and barriers that limit many female entrepreneurs from succeeding. As a result of her personal experience, Cristie developed this grant to pay it forward to the next generation of female entrepreneurs ready to live out their business dreams.


Our 2021 You Glow Girl winner Amanda Sheridan, founder of BagValet, is doing big things! Since winning the grand prize in the summer of 2021 Amanda has been hard at work in her mentorship with Cristie to expand her business outside of Charleston, South Carolina to new cities across the US. She has invested in her technology, grown her team - all while being a mom of 3! She entered a pitch contest with The US Women's Entrepreneurship Cooperative (USAWEC) launched by The Center for Global Enterprise & won! She was also admitted into Forbes Next 1000 class of 2021. Read all about Amanda and her business here.

 THE 411 ON THE GRANT

What sets You Glow Girl apart from other business grants you might come across is all in the secret sauce of the grand prize package. We’re looking to support one glow-getter not only financially but physically, emotionally and spiritually as well. It is Cristie’s belief that business owners, particularly women and “mom-prenuers” can’t bring their best to their business without also filling their own cup! Our 2022 grand prize winner will receive:

  • $10,000 cash award to help propel her business forward
  • One-year supply of Eat Me Guilt Free products to keep a girl fueled on the hustle
  • A one-year subscription to Class Pass to help her reach her fitness goals
  • A one-year subscription to Calm so she can bring a clear mind & heart to each & every day as she builds her team
  • 12 Monthly mental health check-ins with a licensed professional
  • A two-part intensive mentorship program with Cristie; in part 1 you’ll visit the EMGF HQ and work side-by-side with Cristie to strategize and in part 2 Cristie will come to YOU and support you through some of your biggest business hurdles in person

     DATES TO KNOW

    We know you boss babes are busy so put these dates on your calendar!

     

    Feb 13 - round 1 applications open (30-60 second elevator pitch video)

    Jul 1 - round 1 applications close

    Jul 8 - top 25 announced & invited to round 2 (formal video submissions)

    Aug 1 - 10 finalists announced & invited to round 3 (zoom interviews with selection committees)

    Aug 19 - winner announced

    READY TO GLOW UP?

    We have been blown away by the response to You Glow Girl two years in a row! This year we saw an almost 500% increase in applicants!

    We’re continually inspired by all of you women out there taking the bold leap to start your own businesses. While the 2022 general application period has ended, bookmark this page, join our mailing list and keep an eye on our social channels - You Glow Girl will be an annual opportunity so, if you weren’t able to apply this year, come back in February 2023 for another amazing iteration of the grant!

    We are thrilled to announce our top 10 finalists for the 2022 You Glow Girl women entrepreneur grant! Learn more about each of their businesses below. We are beyond excited to move into round 3 of this year’s application process, where we get to meet each one of the amazing business owners virtually! Our grand prize winner will be announced on August 19th - stay tuned!

     

     

     

     YGG FINALISTS