PBA & Cosmoprof North America Announce INSPIRE: A Night Celebrating Beauty Entrepreneurs

The Professional Beauty Association (PBA) and Cosmoprof North America (CPNA) are excited to announce INSPIRE, a night celebrating beauty entrepreneurs.  INSPIRE, to be held Saturday, July 23rd, will kick-off PBA’s Beauty Week and CPNA exhibition.  This must attend event will also feature the live Beauty Pitch™ 2016 competition. Proceeds from the event will benefit both the Professional Beauty Association’s Foundation and City of Hope, a comprehensive cancer center.

“The Professional Beauty Association is honored to be hosting INSPIRE, a night focused on the entrepreneurial and charitable spirit of our industry. This year, INSPIRE will feature Beauty Pitch 2016, our live competition with the return of celebrity guest Mark Cuban,” said PBA Executive Director Steve Sleeper. “After the success of the inaugural event, we are excited about moving Beauty Pitch to the opening night to create INSPIRE, a celebration of our amazing industry and our long legacy with City of Hope.”

INSPIRE schedule of events:


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6:00 pm.-8:15 p.m.                       INSPIRE Reception

7:00 p.m.- 8:15 p.m.                     INSPIRE Dinner

8:15 p.m.- 10:00 p.m.                   Beauty Pitch 2016: Live Competition

10:00 p.m.- 11:30 p.m.                 Inspire After Party

Beauty Pitch 2016

Launched in 2015, Beauty Pitch is a beauty-centric competition focused on helping entrepreneurs take their business to the next level.  Beauty Pitch 2016 is looking to engage beauty entrepreneurs in two separate business categories: Startup Category, (revenues ranging from $100K to $5M) and the Established Category, (revenues ranging from $5M and above).  The competition is open to beauty entrepreneurs from all sectors including prestige, mass, clinical, organic/natural, the professional salon/spa market and technology service providers. Interested companies must be based in the United States (US), have US distribution, show an annual 10% growth in revenue since the launch of the business and meet the category revenue requirements.

Applications for Beauty Pitch 2016 are now being accepted through Friday, April 29th.

Beauty Pitch Application Information

Beauty Pitch applicants will need to prepare a two-minute video, complete an online application and submit a one-page executive summary. Three finalist companies from both the Startup and Established categories will pitch their businesses to a live audience and panel of judges at 8:15 p.m. on Saturday, July 23, 2016. Celebrity entrepreneur Mark Cuban will be returning to the competition as a celebrity judge.  The cost is $250 for CPNA Exhibitors and PBA Members and $500 for other applicants. From March 16 - April 29, 2016 the cost to apply is $350 for CPNA exhibitors and PBA members and $600 for other applicants.

Beauty Pitch Timeline:

February 1 – April 29th                    Entry Process Opens

April 1st                                            Event Tickets Go on Sale (Early Pricing)

May 17th                                          12 Semi-Finalists Notified

May 23rd                                          Online voting starts for the Audience Choice Awards

June 7th                                            6 Finalists Notified

June 24th                                         Early Ticket Pricing Ends                                          

July 23                                             Live 2016 Beauty Pitch Competition during PBA Beauty Week

Please visit www.Beautypitch.com for more information about the application process and event.

Professional Beauty Association (PBA) Beauty Week:  Professional Beauty Association (PBA) Beauty Week® (July 23-26, 2016) is North America’s largest, most inclusive beauty event, offering unlimited networking, education and professional growth opportunities to all sectors of the beauty industry. This week of beauty features the North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA), PBA Business Forum, PBA Beacon and City of Hope. PBA Beauty Week® is produced by the Professional Beauty Association (PBA) and hosted by Cosmoprof North America. To learn more, please visit probeauty.org/beautyweek.

Cosmoprof North America: Cosmoprof North America is organized by North American Beauty Events LLC, a joint-venture company between Bologna Fiere Group and the Professional Beauty Association.  Cosmoprof North America (CPNA) is the award winning premier international B2B beauty trade show covering all facets of the industry under one roof and the largest event of its kind in the Americas. For more information, please visit www.cosmoprofnorthamerica.com. Event information and exhibitor updates are also posted on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@COSMOPROFNA).

About: PBA Foundation is a tax exempt 501 (c)(3) organization that supports charitable initiatives and the historical preservation of the beauty industry. Programs include domestic abuse awareness and education, disaster relief, educational scholarships, and heritage initiatives, which preserve the industry's history, archives and artifacts. PBA Foundation is controlled and operated by the Professional Beauty Association (PBA).

About City of Hope: City of Hope is an independent research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. Designated as a comprehensive cancer center, the highest recognition bestowed by the National Cancer Institute, City of Hope is also a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, with research and treatment protocols that advance care throughout the nation. City of Hope’s main hospital is located in Duarte, California, just northeast of Los Angeles, with community clinics in southern California. It is ranked as one of "America's Best Hospitals" in cancer by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1913, City of Hope is a pioneer in the fields of bone marrow transplantation and genetics. For more information, visit www.cityofhope.org.