Creative Enterprise

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 compete for $20,000 in business grants.

PART I: MENTORSHIP AND BUSINESS PLAN SUPPORT

Eight finalists will be selected from a competitive application process. Each finalist will be 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 pitch event in front of a live audience and a panel of judges.

PART II: THE BIG PITCH EVENT
Each finalist will deliver a five-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 receive a $15,000 business grant. One finalist will also be awarded a $5,000 Audience Choice grant based on popular vote.


Apply for the 2015 Big Pitch

KEY DATES
April 1: Applications open

May 11: Application Deadline

May 26: Notice of Acceptance

May 26: Winners Notified

APPLICATION SUPPORT

April 2 – May 7: Open Office Hours every Thursday
9:30-11:00 AM at ArtWorks

April 16: ArtWorks Big Pitch Q & A Panel w/ 2014 Finalists
6:00-7:00 PM at ArtWorks

April 29: Business Plan Writing Workshop
8:30-9:00 AM at ArtWorks

Apply for Big Pitch

MANDATORY MEETINGS FOR FINALISTS:

June 17: Orientation

July 8: Business Plan Workshop

July 29: Pitch Workshop

August 27: Big Pitch Event


2014 Big Pitch Highlights

ArtWorks Big Pitch 2014 Event Highlights from ArtWorks Cincinnati on Vimeo.

 

Meet the Big Pitch 2014 Finalists

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