Got an idea for a unique exciting new product or service? Enter your idea into the new BizPitch Savannah entrepreneurial competition, based on the TV show “Shark Tank.” Candidates will pitch their idea to a panel of judges with the potential to win $2,500 in cash and a package of professional start-up business services worth an estimated $7,500.
Businesses can be either a new start up or an existing business having obtained a Savannah-Chatham business license after March 1, 2017. Applicants must be at least 18 years old. Applications will be accepted through midnight, Wednesday, August 8 with a $25 non-refundable application fee payable at the time of submission.
Eight finalists will be announced on August 10, and will make their pitches to a panel of judges at the BizPitch Savannah event on Friday, September 7, from 4-6:30 p.m. at The Creative Coast, 2222 Bull Street.
The five judges presiding over entries are Jesse Cole, entrepreneur and owner of The Savannah Bananas; Jen Bonnett, vice president of innovation and entrepreneurship for the Savannah Economic Development Authority and executive director of The Creative Coast; Susan Speros, founder and president of Speros Business Technology Solutions; Sheree Darien, community development loan officer, Small Business Assistance Corporation; and a certified Savannah SCORE Business Mentor.
Three winners will receive the cash and services.
Competition rules and application forms are available at http://bizpitchsavannah.com/
BizPitch Savannah is presented by the Savannah Chapter of SCORE, the nation’s largest provider of free business mentoring and educational programs for aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners. Sponsorships and donations for the event include those from:
Savannah Economic Development Authority
Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce
Savannah Morning News / GateHouse Media
Small Business Assistance Corporation
Wells Fargo – The Private Bank
City of Savannah Office of Business Opportunity
The Creative Coast
Carriage Trade Public Relations® Inc.
Ad Specialty Services