Entreprenista’s exclusive award program is back to recognize and celebrate trailblazing women in business who are changing the world



The Entreprenista 100 is for dynamic business leaders who are bringing new and innovative solutions into the world. Founders of organizations of all sizes and from all industries have the opportunity to be considered.

Whether you just started your business this past year or have been in business for over a decade. You deserve to be celebrated.

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Stephanie Cartin & Courtney Spritzer, Co-Founders of Entreprenista

Alli Webb

Founder of Drybar

Alli Webb, founder of Drybar and serial entrepreneur, transforms industries with her innovative ventures and shares actionable business insights through captivating talks. Webb scaled Drybar into a nationally recognized brand with over 150 locations, diversified it with a product line acquired for $225M. As a New York Times bestselling author and a guest shark on Shark Tank, she's been honored by Inc. Magazine, Fast Company, and Fortune. Webb motivates audiences with talks on business innovation, entrepreneurial spirit, and the unique experiences of a female entrepreneur.

Kendra Bracken-Ferguson

Founder of Braintrust

Kendra is a three-time founder and CEO of BrainTrust, a global marketing firm, and BrainTrust Founders Studio, the largest platform for Black beauty and wellness founders. She hosts a podcast uncovering stories of BIPOC founders and executives. A transformative brand builder, Kendra has guided over 200 brands generating $100MM in revenue. Among her firsts, she's one of 200 Black women to raise over $1MM for a company. Her book, The Beauty of Success, launches in 2024.

Sarah Potempa, Founder of The Beachwaver Co.

Sarah Potempa is a celebrity hairstylist and inventor who has worked with A-list clients like Lea Michele and Emily Blunt and on editorial shoots for magazines including Vogue and Vanity Fair. She is the creator and CEO of the patented Beachwaver curling iron and has a large ambassador and TikTok following of 1.5 million where she shares hair tutorials.

Michelle Cordeiro Grant, Founder of Gorgie and LIVELY

In 2016, Michelle Cordeiro Grant launched LIVELY, a community and brand that empowers women to live passionately and confidently through products and experiences. She grew LIVELY from concept to its $105M acquisition by Wacoal in just 3 years. Her latest venture, GORGIE, is another community-built brand on a mission to deliver good for you and good tasting energy drinks for women.

Alexandra Cristin

Founder of Glam Seamless

Alexandra Cristin founded the 8-figure brand Glam Seamless Hair Extensions, growing it from $1,500 to $20 million in revenue. Named an Entrepreneur "Top 100 Powerful Woman" and Inc. "30 Under 30", her company was acquired. Her upcoming podcast Broke Girl Turned Rich and e-book "21 Ways to Become a Wealthy Woman" share insights on entrepreneurship, dating, and motherhood.

Stephanie Cartin, Co-Founder of Entreprenista & Socialfly

Stephanie is the co-founder of Entreprenista, a media company and membership community, The Entreprenista League, dedicated to providing resources and support for founders and leaders. She’s an entrepreneur at heart and has co-founded multiple companies including the award winning social media agency, Socialfly. Stephanie has shared her knowledge and expertise and been featured on Bloomberg, Forbes, Entrepreneur and Inc.

Courtney Spritzer, Co-Founder of Entreprenista & Socialfly

Serving as CEO and Co-founder of Socialfly, Courtney helps brands communicate and resonate with women on social media through content creation, influencer management, and paid media buying. Socialfly has worked with over 200+ well-known brands and has been named to Inc. 5000's fastest growing private companies two years in a row.

Anouck Gotlib

CEO of Belgian Boys

Anouck Gotlib is the CEO of Belgian Boys, a company she co-founded to provide whole ingredient foods with a European flair to help busy families eat better. Under Anouck's leadership, Belgian Boys has grown to offer products in 7000 stores and online. Anouck was named an EY Winning Woman in 2021 and has been featured in Forbes, Nasdaq, Business Insider, and more.

Dana Pollack

Founder of Dana’s Bakery

Former photo editor turned pastry chef Dana Pollack is the creative force behind Dana's Bakery, one of the first D2C bakeries that brings fun, innovative desserts to customers nationwide. With accolades like rankings on the Inc. 5000 list and Entrepreneur of the Year award, Dana has leveraged her ICE training and 10+ years of experience to grow Dana's Bakery into a beloved brand since its founding in 2012.

Divya Gugnani, Founder of 5 SENS and Wander Beauty

Serial entrepreneur Divya Gugnani used her Ivy League education and finance background to co-found Wander Beauty, providing busy women effortless, clean, multitasking beauty essentials. She recently launched 5 SENS, a sensory fine fragrance experience, adding to her portfolio of successful brands including Wander Beauty, which has earned over 35 prestige awards.

Sarah Lee

Co-founder Glow Recipe

A seasoned expert on the global beauty consumer, Sarah Lee boasts a deep and unique cross-functional resume that spans product development, business strategy, and global marketing. Sarah began her career at L’Oréal, leading product development and retail partnerships with a global lens. Sarah blends her deep understanding of product formulation science with years of successfully bringing brands to market to drive strategy and execution of Glow Recipe’s vision. Sarah resides in Miami with her husband.

Carrie Kerpen

Founder of Likeable Media

Carrie Kerpen is an entrepreneur, best-selling author, speaker, & global champion for women. She is the co-founder and Managing Director of Likeable Media, a women-led digital agency that she sold to 1200-employee 10Pearls in 2021. She is the author of WORK IT: Secrets for Success from the Boldest Women in Business and a columnist for INC and Forbes. Carrie has

been featured in the New York Times, ABC World News Tonight, FOX News, & CNBC. She has keynoted conferences in London, Las Vegas, Mexico City, & NYC.


What are the eligibility requirements?

The program is open to women-business owners based in the United States.

Must be 18 or older to apply.

Entrants must either have a women founder or at least one woman co-founder who is active in running the business

Eligibility is further subject to the terms of each category as noted in our category descriptions.

Entrants are limited to one (1) entry per company. For companies with (2) or more founders, there is a field to indicate that on the application.

Read the full terms and conditions by clicking here.

Why should I apply?

You’ve worked hard to become a successful entrepreneur and we want to celebrate that!

Here is what you’ll get if you win an Entreprenista 100 Award:

Boost Brand Visibility - Your business will gain National exposure and be recognized on Entreprenista.com, social media as well as the extended networks of our members and partners.

Highlight Your Authority to new and existing clients or customers and distinguish yourself as a leader in your industry.

Gain Instant Exposure for your business by leveraging your award recognition across your entire business and marketing efforts.

An opportunity to win $5,000 to invest in your business.

What else will I receive if I win?

All Entreprenista 100 winners will be featured across all of Entreprenista Media’s platforms, including a round-up feature on Entreprenista.com, featured posts on Entreprenista’s social channels, and included in Entreprenista’s email newsletters.

You’ll also get an official “Entreprenista 100” digital icon to display across your own platforms and receive an exclusive invite to our Founders Weekend in May 2024, where winners will be highlighted and celebrated. Five top category winners will also receive a bonus feature about them and their business on Entreprenista.com as well as an ultimate prize pack of incredible goods and services. The founder named Entreprenista of the Year will win $5,000 to invest in their business.

How much is the application fee?

The Entreprenista League Members:

The application fee for members is $89.

Non-Entreprenista League Members:

Non-members application fee is $149.

*Note: Early Bird entry is now closed. Regular submissions will be open until November 22nd, 2023. All application fees are non-refundable.

Do I need to be an Entreprenista League member to apply?

The Entreprenista 100 Awards are open to all women business owners. You do not have to be a member of The Entreprenista League to apply, but if you join The Entreprenista League you will receive a reduced entry fee. If you’re interested in membership, you may join with this special invite here.

What is the award selection process?

The Entreprenista team and selection committee will review all applications, taking into account growth and achievement – revenue, funding, operational size, impact, and awareness – as well as the compelling-ness of the personal story.

A panel of acclaimed Entreprenista Judges who will assist in the selection of one winner for each of our top 5 awards - Entreprenista of the Year, Innovator of the Year, Changemaker of the Year, Community Builder of the Year, and Uplifter of the Year.

Why is there an application fee?

The number one goal of The Entreprenista 100 Awards is to provide a platform for highlighting and celebrating the outstanding accomplishments of women business owners. There are numerous resources that go into the execution of a high caliber awards program, which necessitates the establishment of a small application fee.

The application fees go directly back into the program to help cover the costs associated with the review, selection, and promotion of the winners, essential technology, and needed assets to ensure the program’s widespread visibility and impact, and more. Additionally, the application fee helps to safeguard the program against fraudulent, spam, and duplicate submissions.

We have taken measures to keep the application fees as low as possible in order to make The Entreprenista 100 Awards accessible to as many women founders as we can, while still being able to run the program effectively.

Outside of The Entreprenista 100 Awards, The Entreprenista League regularly shares complimentary tips, resources, and opportunities for exposure and visibility through our public channels, such as our Instagram account and free, weekly newsletter, “The Entreprenista Agenda”.

How many times can I nominate my business?

Only one application per business will be accepted (i.e. co-founders cannot submit multiple entries for the same business).

What is the deadline to apply?

The application deadline is Wednesday, November 22, 2023 by 11:59 PM EST.

When will the winners be announced?

Winners will be notified via email by late January 2024 and the Entreprenista 100 list will be announced publicly in early February 2024.

Will there be a physical award ceremony?

While there will not be a long-format award ceremony, all of the amazing E100 winners for 2023 will be recognized at Entreprenista’s Founders Weekend event, taking place the weekend of May 3-5, 2024, at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes.

Entreprenista’s Founders Weekend is a 3-day experience centered around the success, wealth, and wellness of female founders. Taking place May 3-5, 2024 at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes, the event will feature high-energy networking, delicious meals, and panel and breakout events that will truly inspire.

This is your opportunity to bask in the warmth of the Florida sun, to learn from thriving founders, and to celebrate the achievements of exceptional individuals who are shaping the future. Mark your calendars for an extraordinary weekend that's about to redefine what it means to celebrate success!

Tickets will be open to the public. To be alerted when tickets become available later this fall, please provide your contact information at entreprenista.com/foundersweekend.

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