Got an idea for a unique, exciting new product or service? Enter Savannah SCORE’s “BizPitch Savannah™ 2019″ entrepreneurial competition. A kinder, gentler version of TV’s “Shark Tank,” aspiring Savannah area entrepreneurs will be able to pitch their new business ideas to a panel of judges for the chance to win over $10,000 in cash and professional business services to help launch their new business.
Proposed businesses must be new start-ups or, if you have an existing business, you must have obtained your Savannah/Chatham County business license after March 1, 2018. Winners must locate and operate their business within Chatham County and launch by January 1, 2021. Applicants must be at least 18 years old.
Complete Rules and the Online Application are available at BizPitchSavannah.com. Applications will be accepted through midnight, July 29, 2019, with a $25 non-refundable application fee payable at the time of submission.
Eight finalists will be chosen to pitch their business ideas to the panel of judges at Savannah SCORE’s “BizPitch Savannah™ 2019” event on Friday, September 6, from 4-6:30 p.m. The event will be held at the Coastal Georgia Center at 305 Fahm Street. It will be free and open to the public.
The five judges are:
- Jen Bonnett, VP of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Savannah Economic Development Authority, and Executive Director, The Creative Coast
- Carl Biathrow, Business Development Coordinator, City of Savannah Office of Business Opportunity
- Miriam Rittmeyer, MD, Ph.D., MPH, CEO, MUNNA® and President, Phalarope.org
- Dean Burnette, Managing Business Broker, Best Business Brokers
- Lisa Narcisse, Market Leader IV and Vice President, BB&T
“BizPitch Savannah™ 2019″ is presented by the Savannah Chapter of SCORE in partnership with the following sponsors and professional services donors:
The City of Savannah; Savannah Economic Development Authority; Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce; Small Business Assistance Corporation; UGA Small Business Development Center; The Creative Coast; MassMutual; Wells Fargo-The Private Bank; BB&T; Savannah Morning News/GateHouse Media; HunterMacLean; Kenkel Design; Carriage Trade Public Relations® Inc.; Salesdialers.com; Advertising Specialty Services; Habersham Beverage; and Sand Dollar Accounting.
SCORE is the nation’s largest provider of business mentoring and educational services to aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners. Savannah SCORE has been named SCORE’s 2019 Mid–Market “Chapter of the Year.” To schedule a free business mentoring session with a Savannah SCORE mentor, go to Savannah.Score.org or call 912-652-4335.