The Pennsylvania Commission for Women announced on Tuesday that Jacqueline McDevitt and Colleen O’Hara won the 2014 Business Plan Competition at the inaugural Women’s Mentorship Symposium: Paying It Forward in Pittsburgh.
McDevitt's and O’Hara's shared passion for athletics led to the creation of Phan Cave, a service that offers a hassle-free tailgating experience for sporting events, music concerts and corporate functions in Philadelphia.
As part of the competition, three female entrepreneurs competed for $10,000 to help grow their business. They presented their projects to a panel of three judges, including entrepreneur Lori Greiner, who is the “warm-blooded shark” on CNBC's “Shark Tank" program; Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry Secretary Julia Hearthway; and Reneé Amoore, the founder and president of Amoore Group.
The symposium, which attracted 500 women from across the state, also included a speed mentoring program and a keynote luncheon with Greiner, Gov. Tom Corbett and first lady Susan Corbett.
The Pennsylvania Commission for Women is the state’s official advocacy agency for women. It seeks to empower women and girls to reach their highest potential by offering opportunities in the realms of mentorship, economic development and civic engagement.