ArtWorks Big Pitch Program, sponsored by U.S. Bank, is a 10-week mentorship program (July 21-September 28), for applicants looking to take their business to the next level. All applicants must be in business at least two years (as of September 28, 2017) and looking to grow their business, by setting goals for growth with the aid of additional capital. The 10-week commitment to the program ensures that each of the 8 finalists will be paired with a mentor and U.S. Bank small business banking specialist, and have access to at least 10 guided wordkshops and sessions to craft, hone and refine a business plan and pitch!
At the end of the 10-week program, all finalists will deliver their final pitch at the main event, Big Pitch, Thursday, September 28 at Memorial Hall. One winner’s pitch will receive the grand prize of $15,000 selected by a panel of jurors. A second prize of $5,000 will be awarded by a People’s Choice selection via an audience survey.
The overall benefits of the program are not only seen through the potential access to financial capital, but through the support of growing business experiences and the ongoing touchpoints of mentorship, specialist advice, feedback, and exposure to a large audience. Big Pitch finalists become a part of a larger creative cohort and network, with sustained business relationships for years to come.
1. Apply Online
Apply between Monday, April 24 – Friday, June 23
2. Meet Your Team
Over 10 weeks, July 21st-September 28th, each finalist participate in:
• At least 10 guided workshops and sessions, including mentorship and coaching from business mentor and U.S. Bank small business specialist.
• Workshops to polish your pitch and refine your business plan
• Exposure to 500+ audience members at the Big Pitch event
• A celebration event with Big Pitch alumni + creative cohort
3. Make Your Pitch
At the Big Pitch event, each finalist will deliver a 5-minute pitch to a panel of judges for the opportunity to receive a $15,000 business grant. Finalists will be evaluated on the strength of their business plan and final pitch. An additional $5,000 business grant will be awarded to the audience favorite. Big Pitch will be held on September 28th at Memorial Hall in Over-the-Rhine.
Application Open: April 24
Big Pitch Panel Discussion featuring past finalist: May 17
Business Planning Workshop (free and open to all): May 31
Open Office Hours: June 12-16
Applications Close: June 23
Finalist Notified: July 14
Finalist Workshops: July 25, August 1, August 8, September 5, September 19
Final Presentation due: September 22
Big Pitch 2017: September 28