Graduation follows the completion of each 12-week customized cohort. This is a celebration for each participant who completed the program. Graduation events are open to participant’s family, friends, and the public. All program participants give a 3-5 minute pitch to the audience and a panel of judges. Light dinner and networking follow the pitches.
This is a public event that takes place annually each spring to showcase Empower by GoDaddy graduates. Beginning in 2019, a select number of vendor tables will be open to business owners in the community. Graduates will present their business stories and experiences, and Empower staff will share program outcomes.
Select Empower graduates, who meet all requirements, present their business pitch to select judges and community members. Judges and community members vote on business pitches and winners have the opportunity to be awarded funds.
Each fall, several selected prominent businesses from around the community will gather to compete in a one-day business simulation. The businesses experience the same confidence-building business simulations that each cohorts participates in during their 12-week program. The winner walks away with a trophy to place on display at their business.
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