Empowering women in business
Through this program, Visa is committed to providing Black women entrepreneurs with access to the capital, coaching and connections they need to grow their businesses during this challenging time. Ten (10) qualified recipients will each be awarded a $10K grant + a 1-year IFundWomen Annual Coaching Membership.
In order to qualify for this grant opportunity, you must meet the following criteria:
• Black women-owned business
• Must be located in the U.S.
• Must have a minimum annual revenue of $24K or more
• Must have been in business for 2+ years
• Must be a business that has a product or service in market and generating revenue
• Must be a growing business
• Must be a consumer product or service (B2C)
• Must have a compelling digital presence and supporting media
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Businesses are growing with Visa
According to Visa’s 2020 State of Female Entrepreneurship Report, 66% of women entrepreneurs surveyed cite that funding is still difficult to obtain. To that end, another report found that the average small business requires about $10,000 of startup capital in order to get off the ground. To address this issue, Visa and IFundWomen kicked things off by running a grant program in March 2020 that awarded four $10K grants to promising U.S. small businesses.
Source: Visa 2020 State of Female Entrepreneurship Report, conducted by Logica Research & Wells Fargo Small Business Index
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In this video, you will learn how to craft the perfect elevator pitch to explain your product or service.
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Before even pressing record make sure you are clear on what the goal of this content is, where you will be sharing it, and exactly what you want viewers to think, say and do after watching.
If you are filming video content for most channels/platforms, you will want to position your phone horizontally. If you are filming for Instagram Stories, for example, you will want to position your phone vertically to fit the IG story frame.
Have a good understanding of what you want to say before the camera is rolling. Engaging content is concise and to the point. If you are recording a marketing video for your business and delivering your pitch, you will want to make sure it is no longer than 3 minutes. People just don't have time to watch anything longer. If it takes you longer than 3 minutes to succinctly explain your idea, you need to stop and work on that pitch before even thinking about making a video. Download the Founder’s Playbook in the Visa • IFW Toolkit and fill out the pitch honing template as the first step in your pre-production process!
We know that small business owners are working with little-to-no budget when it comes to video production, so we have put together a list of suggested, reasonably priced equipment that will increase the quality of your smartphone-based production studio!