The Big Pitch 2014

REV Birmingham Accepting Applications for The Big Pitch

REV Birmingham is now accepting applications for The Big Pitch, presented by PNC, a business pitch competition offering local startups the chance to win a prize package valued at more than $25,000.

This year’s competition will be held November 19th – 21st and will host ten startup contestants who will compete before a live audience and panel of judges, “Shark Tank-style,” for a chance to win a range of prizes including cash, professional services, and an investment opportunity in one or more of the companies.

A screening panel of expert entrepreneurs will be looking for:

  • New business concepts or existing businesses poised for growth
  • Proposals with a striking concept and well developed business model
  • Business located in, or intending to locate in, the City of Birmingham
  • Retail, restaurant, art or neighborhood service concepts
  • Other businesses that will generate significant foot traffic
  • Businesses that will result in job and tax growth in Birmingham

“One of the greatest challenges to any startup is access to seed capital. We’re thrilled to partner again with PNC and leverage not only their continued financial support, but also their technical expertise during this project as we work to grow new businesses downtown and in neighborhood commercial centers,” said Deon Gordon, REV Birmingham Director of Business Growth.

According to REV Birmingham, strong consideration will be given to businesses that have graduated from REV’s BIZ 1.0 Startup Essentials workshop or Create Birmingham’s CO.STARTERS business development offering, which is held in partnership between REV and MAKEbhm. Register at revbirmingham.org/rev-biz/biz1.0  and/or revbirmingham.org/rev-biz/costarters.

“The Big Pitch provides a creative, community-building opportunity to encourage entrepreneurship and business growth for Birmingham,” said PNC Regional President Brian Bucher. “It’s exciting to collaborate with REV Birmingham once again as we look to create meaningful impact and sustainable economic development in the Magic City.”

Key Dates for The Big Pitch:

August 18 | Applications Open
September 4 | Applications Close
November 19-21 | The Big Pitch Competition

Submit applications and find more information at www.revbirmingham.org/BIGPITCH.

REV Birmingham (REV) revitalizes places and energizes business to create vibrancy in the City of Birmingham. REV is an economic development organization that works to stimulate business growth and improve quality of life in Birmingham’s city center and its neighborhood commercial centers.

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