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In celebration of the contributions WNC is making in the growth of the industry, the Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) and partnering organizations are hosting the first Outdoor Biz Pitch Competition to offer a space for established outdoor companies to compete for monetary prizes to grow their business. This public event will be held on September 19, 2018 at Highland Brewing in Asheville, NC.

The event will consist of pitches from the finalist applicants, followed by Q&As. Competitors will be scored and the top applicant will walk away with a monetary prize to use toward growing their business. The judges panel includes representation from the outdoor industry, academic leaders, financial investors, and other service advisors. Event attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in voting, rounding out the panel with a crowd representative vote.

Come join us to for drinks and refreshments while hearing from the up and coming businesses building the future of the outdoor industry in WNC.

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The local WNC outdoors industry is thriving, it’s your time to grow too! The Outdoor Biz Pitch Competition could be your chance to help take your business to the next level.

As we gear up for the first annual Outdoor Economy Conference, we are seeking small, Western North Carolina based businesses in the outdoor industry to enter for the chance to pitch your growth strategy development plan proposal to a group of esteemed local judges to win a monetary prize toward your business ventures.

How it Works:

To enter, applicants must complete and submit the following application by 2:00 PM on August 29, 2018. Selected finalists will then be notified by end of day August 31, 2018. The finalists will be invited to make a five-minute pitch to our panel of judges and event attendees, followed by ten minutes of Q&A at the competition event. This public event will be held at Highland Brewing on September 19, 2018 and provides an excellent opportunity to bring awareness to your company. A $5,000 prize will be awarded to the winner. Additionally, the winning business will go on to be highlighted at both the Asheville Outdoor Show the following weekend, as well as the WCU Outdoor Economy Conference on October 5, 2018.

If you are an established, growth-oriented business in the outdoor field based in the 28 western counties of North Carolina, with sales less than $1 million/year, show us how you would use the Outdoor Biz Pitch Competition monetary prize to make a difference and scale your company.

We look forward to receiving your application and learning about your business.

Applicants must have been in business for at least one year and have a record of sales with a yearly revenue of no more than one million dollars.

Application Due 2:00PM August 29, 2018

We have partnered with the Asheville-based WatchPitch App and platform to submit your video pitch as part of this application. Please submit your 60-second video pitch by clicking HERE. Upon submission, your video may be shared for promotion of the competition on our outdoor business pitch social media platforms.

SPECIAL NOTE: The WatchPitch App has coaching tools for both structuring your pitch and recording it on an iPhone or iPad device. For more information about WatchPitch please visit the website: https://www.watchpitch.com/

WatchPitch – Make a Difference in 60 Seconds
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WatchPitch is a platform for entrepreneurs and investors. We have the tools to help entrepreneurs find funding and investors find opportunities.

 

sponsorships

Opportunity to serve as a judge on the competition panel

Listed as Competition Main Sponsor on all promotional material

Opportunity to do “welcoming” remarks and introduce competitors at the competition

Prominent placement on Professional Pitch Competition event poster, to be displayed at the Professional Pitch Competition, Hatch Asheville, and 1 Million Cups presentations throughout the month of September, as well as the Asheville Outdoor Show on September 23

Signage at the WCU Outdoor Economy Conference on October 5

Four tickets to the Professional Pitch Competition

Two tickets to the Outdoor Economy Conference held by WCU

Central placement on the event web page and promotion on event outreach and social media platforms

Full page ad in event program

Opportunity to serve as a judge on the competition panel

Listed as Competition Sponsor on all promotional material

Opportunity for remarks prior to competition winner announcement at the competition

Prominent placement on Professional Pitch Competition event poster, to be displayed at the Professional Pitch Competition, Hatch Asheville, and 1 Million Cups presentations throughout the month of September, as well as the Asheville Outdoor Show on September 23

Logo signage at the WCU Outdoor Economy Conference on October 5

Three tickets to the Professional Pitch Competition

One ticket to the Outdoor Economy Conference held by WCU

Placement on the event web pages and promotion on event outreach and social media platforms

Half page ad in event program

Listed as Competition Sponsor on all promotional material

Prominent logo placement on Professional Pitch Competition event poster, to be displayed at the Professional Pitch Competition, Hatch Asheville, and 1 Million Cups presentations throughout the month of September, as well as the Asheville Outdoor Show on September 23

Logo signage at the WCU Outdoor Economy Conference on October 5

Two Tickets to the Professional Pitch Competition

One ticket to the Outdoor Economy Conference held by WCU

Placement on the event web pages and promotion on event outreach and social media platforms

Quarter page ad in event program

Listed as Competition Sponsor on all promotional material

Logo placement on Professional Pitch Competition event poster, to be displayed at the Professional Pitch Competition, Hatch Asheville, and 1 Million Cups presentations throughout the month of September, as well as the Asheville Outdoor Show on September 23

Logo signage at the WCU Outdoor Economy Conference on October 5

Two Tickets to the Professional Pitch Competition

Placement on the event web pages and promotion on event outreach and social media platforms

Logo included in event program

Two tickets to the Professional Pitch Competition

Logo included in event program

Placement on event web pages

One ticket to the professional Pitch Competition

Placement on event web pages

 

Sponsorship Inquiries:
outdoorbizpitch@sbtdc.org
46 Haywood St., Suite 212
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 251-6025

 

 

Contact Us
Sandra Dennison
outdoorbizpitch@sbtdc.org
46 Haywood St., Suite 212
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 251-6025