ArtWorks Big Pitch
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.
Grand Prize: $15,000 business grant
Audience Choice: $5,000 business grant
PART I: MENTORSHIP AND BUSINESS PLAN SUPPORT
8 finalists will be selected, and paired with a business mentor and U.S. Bank small business specialist to receive a minimum of 10 hours of mentorship and coaching over 10 weeks, culminating 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.
MEET THE 2015 BIG PITCH FINALISTS
Rachel DesRochers: Covington, KY
Grateful Grahams is on a mission to spread a message of gratitude – one graham at a time.
Allison Hines: Florence, KY
Butcher Betties is a female, veteran owned butcher shop & gourmet food store specializing in local, grass fed, natural, and organic meat.
Richard Hunt: Covington, KY
RoPoBoCo welcomes readers, neighbors, authors, advocacy groups, visitors and everyone thirsting for cool books, hot coffee and great people.
James Marable: Cincinnati, OH
Original Thought Required is a cultural & fashion destination for Cincinnati. Focusing on limited edition apparel by independent designers.
Hayes Shanesy & Rosie Kovacs: Cincinnati, Ohio
Brush Factory designs and fabricates custom contemporary furniture using regionally sourced hardwoods.
Jess Sheldon: Cincinnati, Ohio
Cityscape Tiles, formerly Hazel Brown Photography, is a photography service business and product developer, wholesaler and retailer of functional fine art products.
Jason Snell: Cincinnati, Ohio
WHBV is a group of rebels, rockers, thinkers and makers combining strategy and design to help tell stories through any means possible.
Jenifer Sult: Cincinnati, Ohio
Cut and Sewn is a sample room that provides design, sewing, and patternmaking services for fashion and soft goods to design entrepreneurs.
2014 BIG PITCH HIGHLIGHTS