ArtWorks Big Pitch presented by U.S. Bank
August 27 at Cincinnati Masonic Center
ArtWorks Big Pitch presented by U.S. Bank is a 10-week mentorship program and pitch competition for established artists, makers, designers, and creative entrepreneurs competing for up to $20,000 in business grants.
COME TO THE EVENT
Support your makers! Watch 8 of Cincinnati’s most creative entrepreneurs make their pitches on August 27. One business will walk away with a $15,000 grant to take their business to the next level.
August 27 at 6:00 PM
Cincinnati Masonic Center
MEET THE 2015 BIG PITCH FINALISTS
Click here to get to know the rest of the team and find out more about what the
Mentors and Small Business Banking Specialists from U.S. Bank bring to the table.
Grateful Grahams is on a mission to spread a message of gratitude – one graham at a time.
Founder Rachel DesRochers
Grateful Grahams founder displays gratitude along with desire to grow business | Soapbox
Team Grateful Grahams
U.S. Bank Specialist: Jonathan Simpson
Mentor: Kathy Chabot
Butcher Betties is a female, veteran owned butcher shop & gourmet food store specializing in local, grass fed, natural, and organic meat.
Team Butcher Betties
U.S. Bank Specialist: Amanda Hamann
Mentor: Greg Schnelle (not pictured)
Roebling Point Books & Coffee
RoPoBoCo welcomes readers, neighbors, authors, advocacy groups, visitors and everyone thirsting for cool books, hot coffee and great people.
Founder Richard Hunt
Roebling Point Books & Coffee in love with Covington, and vice versa | Soapbox
U.S. Bank Specialist: Mark Sousa
Mentor: Sean Parker (not pictured)
Original Thought Required
Original Thought Required is a cultural & fashion destination for Cincinnati. Focusing on limited edition apparel by independent designers.
Founder James Marable
Team Original Thought Required
Mentor: Steve Fink
U.S. Bank Specialist: Vance Marshall
Brush Factory designs and fabricates custom contemporary furniture using regionally sourced hardwoods.
Co-Founders Hayes Shanesy & Rosie Kovacs
Team Brush Factory
Mentor: Bob Bonder
U.S. Bank Specialist: Michael Walters
Cityscape Tiles, formerly Hazel Brown Photography, is a photography service business and product developer, wholesaler and retailer of functional fine art products.
Team Cityscape Tiles
U.S. Bank Specialist: Khadija Jlaoul
Mentor: Sean Mullaney
We Have Become Vikings
WHBV is a group of rebels, rockers, thinkers and makers combining strategy and design to help tell stories through any means possible.
U.S. Bank Specialist: Michael Howard
Mentor: Ghuffran Ali (not pictured)
Cut and Sewn
Cut and Sewn is a sample room that provides design, sewing, and patternmaking services for fashion and soft goods to design entrepreneurs.
Founder Jenifer Sult
Cut and Sewn founder/designer living her childhood dream | Soapbox
Team Cut and Sewn
U.S. Bank Specialist Lindsay Kessler
Mentor: Mike Zorn
ABOUT THE BIG PITCH PROGRAM
Grand Prize: $15,000 business grant
Audience Choice: $5,000 business grant
PART I: MENTORSHIP AND BUSINESS PLAN SUPPORT
After a competitive application process, 8 finalists were selected and paired with a business mentor and U.S. Bank Small Business Specialist to receive mentorship and coaching over 10 weeks. The program will culminate in a public pitch event in front of a live audience and an expert panel of judges.
PART II: THE BIG PITCH EVENT
Each finalist will deliver a 5-minute pitch at the Big Pitch event on August 27, 2015. A panel of judges will evaluate finalists based on the strength of their business plan and final pitch. The winner will be awarded a $15K business grant. An additional $5K business grant will be awarded to the Audience Choice
2014 BIG PITCH HIGHLIGHTS