Creative Enterprise

ArtWorks Big Pitch presented by U.S. Bank is a pitch competition where artists, makers, designers, and creative entrepreneurs compete for $20,000 in business grants and professional services.

Each of the eight finalists will be paired with a business mentor and U.S. Bank small business specialist to receive support and business coaching over 10 weeks.

At the Big Pitch event, each finalist will deliver a 5-minute pitch to an audience and judge’s panel to compete for a $15,000 grand prize, a $5,000 Audience Choice award, or professional services.


Apply for the 2015 Big Pitch

Applications open October 1, 2014 for the 2015 Big Pitch event on March 12, 2015.

Apply for Big Pitch

Important Dates:

Q&A Sessions: Oct. 15 & Oct. 30, 2014

Application Deadline: November 10, 2014

Notice of Acceptance: November 25, 2014

Pitch Competition Event: March 12, 2015

Congratulations to the 2014 Big Pitch winners!

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What an amazing evening! The first-ever ArtWorks Big Pitch on August 27th highlighted Cincinnati’s brightest creative entrepreneurs and showed the world that the Queen City is home to wealth of talent and ingenuity. Special thanks to U.S. Bank, presenting sponsor of the ArtWorks Big Pitch.

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

The Winners:

Grand Prize

Chris Sutton

Noble Denim
Chris Sutton

Winner of $15,000 business grant

$5,000 Audience Choice Award

Django Kroner Canopy

Canopy Crew
Django Kroner

Winner of $5,000 business grant

First Runner-Up

Matt Madison Madisono

 Madisono’s Gelato & Sorbetto

Matt Madison

Winner of $2,500 in professional services from Dinsmore and Shohl, Clark Schaefer Hackett and LPK

Second Runner-Up

Brian Stuparyk Steamwhistle

Steam Whistle Letterpress & Design

Brian Stuparyk

Winner of $1,000 in professional services from Dinsmore and Shohl, Clark Schaefer Hackett and LPK