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2020 Pitch Competition.

Saturday, October 24, 2020 |  9:00am - 12:30pm

About the 2020 Pitch Competition.

The hybrid event took place on Saturday, October 24th, 2020. The five finalist teams pitched their hearts out and the Datcher team representing Cornell University Baker Program in Real Estate won the purse, $50,000 in deal equity.

Left to Right: Lera Covington, Kristen Collins & Joanne Angbazo


Fernweh Partners took home dual prizes as the runner-up winning $5,000 in cash and the Viewers' Choice Award.

Meet the winners and the other 2020 participants below.



Below please find the official schedule for the competition finals we held in 2020!

2020 Finalists.

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La Jane

A Boutique Hotel

A 60-key lifestyle-boutique hotel repositioning located in historic downtown Scottsdale, Arizona. Hear more!


The Fernweh Project

This new construction project is a 135-key Hyatt Place in San Jose, California. Hear more!


The Straight,

An Autograph Collection

An 80-key Autograph Collection by Marriott adaptive reuse of a bank, located in Detroit, Michigan. Hear more!

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Project Rise

Project Rise is a mixed-use development located in the heart of Nashville with a new lifestyle hotel honoring Nashville's music, history and legends. Hear more!

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The Brick House

A 90-key reconverted sugar refinery under the Tapestry Collection by Hilton, located in New Orleans. Hear more!

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All Other 2020 Participants

We would love to take the opportunity to highlight all our incredible 2020 participants.

Missed this year? Apply for 2022

The application for the 2021 Pitch Competition is now closed and the finals for the 2021 She Has a Deal Pitch Competition will be on June 5th, 2021 at the Hilton Innovation Gallery in McLean, Virginia. Click Learn More if you are interested in applying for the 2022 She Has a Deal Pitch Competition (you need to be a student or recent graduate between the year of 2018 - 2021).


Thank you to those who attended the LIVECAST on October 24th.

2020 Judges.

  • Kenneth Fuller

    President and Founder

    Vine Investment Partners

  • Krissy Gathright

    Board of Directors & Retired COO

    Apple Hospitality REIT

  • Amy King

    Vice President, Luxury, Lifestyle and Corporate Development

    Hilton Hotels & Resorts

  • Vinay Patel

    President, Fairbrook Hotels

    Vice Chair, AAHOA 

  • Lisa Sexton

    Vice President, Full Service Hotel Development  

    Marriott International

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