Hair Scarves And Sea Life Savers Won Big At Pennovation Accelerator’s 2022 Pitch Day

Ten founders shared their startups at the accelerator’s fifth annual pitch event. Here’s how it went down.

Peach Brown, founder of Sledge Scarves, drove home the strength of her non-slip hair scarves by lifting a bowling ball with one in front of pitch judges.

The feat of strength came during Pennovation Accelerator’s fifth annual pitch day on Wednesday. Following six weeks of mentorship and business-development programming, this culminating event allowed the founders of the cohort’s 10 startups to pitch their businesses to three judges with the goal of being named best pitch or overall winner.

Past accelerator alum include 2019’s Kidas, which recently raised a pre-seed round, and SOLUtion Medical, which won the best pitch award in 2020 and has since received funding from NextFabBen Franklin Technology Partners, CHOP and others.

The past few years of the accelerator’s pitch days were held virtually because of the pandemic, making this the first one back in person since 2019. Jaime Sweet, the associate director of programming at accelerator host Pennovation Works, told she was impressed by the pitches.

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