FAQs for

Pitch Competition

How will participants be judged?


Participants will be judged based on the financial feasibility of the project, the rigor of the analysis and their ability to persuade the judges to invest in the project. The judging panel will be composed of prominent industry leaders who are deal decision makers and/or investors. The representation may include but not be limited to brokers, hotel brand leaders, hotel management companies, asset managers, private equity firms, lending organizations, and attorneys. A preliminary round of judging will occur through an online platform the month prior to the live event. This preliminary judging will select the top four to five teams to advance to the in-person final competition round. All of the teams are invited to attend, however, only the finalists will be required to travel to Washington, DC to present live, before the panel of judges. The participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodations.




Who is eligible to compete?


The She Has A Deal Hotel Pitch Competition purposefully targets female early careerists who have an interest in developing and/or owning hotels. Students currently enrolled in a degree program for hospitality management, real estate and related fields, as well as recent graduates, within two years post-graduation are eligible to compete. Each team may include 1-3 members.




How do I apply?


Registration for the 2020 Competition is officially closed. Please subscribe to She Has a Deal to be alerted of the 2021 registration period. Registration for 2021 begins on October 21st, 2020 and closes on November 27th, 2020.




What is the application fee?


The application fee is $300 per person or team member. The registration fee includes:

  • the SHaD Hotel Investment Masterclass (the proprietary 9-stage hotel investment process roadmap);
  • access to the SHaD online education platform for one year;
  • 1 ticket to the She Has a Deal Hotel Pitch Competition Awards Luncheon;
  • A SHaD. SWAG gift bag and other in-kind gifts from our sponsors
  • An opportunity to win $50,000 in deal equity for a hotel project.




What happens to my application fee if I am not accepted?


All applicants must pay the fee when the application is submitted. If you are not accepted, the application fee will be fully refunded.





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