Creative Enterprise

 

ABOUT 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.

 

THE 10-WEEK BIG PITCH PROGRAM

THE PRIZES

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


 

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN – JUNE 30. APPLY NOW:

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BIG PITCH 2015 FINALISTS AND WINNERS:

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On August 27, 2015 at the Cincinnati Masonic Center, Big Pitch finalist Brush Factory was awarded a $15,000 grant by a panel of judges and the $5,000 Audience Choice Award.

“Rosie and I are thrilled and honored to have been part of Artworks Big Pitch and so grateful to have been chosen as winners of ArtWorks Big Pitch. We are especially grateful to everyone at ArtWorks who worked so hard on this program and our wonderful coach Bob Bonder, whose help and insights have meant so much. And three cheers to Mike Walters and US Bank for making this possible and for their enthusiastic encouragement for entrepreneurs.”


Grateful Grahams
Covington, KY
Grateful Grahams is on a mission to spread a message of gratitude – one graham at a time.

Team Grateful Grahams

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U.S. Bank Specialist: Jonathan Simpson
Mentor: Kathy Chabot


Butcher Betties
Florence, KY

Butcher Betties is a female, veteran owned butcher shop & gourmet food store specializing in local,  grass fed, natural, and organic meat.

Team Butcher Betties

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U.S. Bank Specialist: Amanda Hamann
Mentor: Greg Schnelle (not pictured)


 Roebling Point Books & Coffee
Covington, KY

RoPoBoCo welcomes readers, neighbors, authors, advocacy groups, visitors and everyone thirsting for cool books, hot coffee and great people.

Team RoPoBoCo

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U.S. Bank Specialist: Mark Sousa
Mentor: Sean Parker (not pictured)


Original Thought Required
Cincinnati, OH

Original Thought Required is a cultural & fashion destination for Cincinnati. Focusing on limited edition apparel by independent designers.

Team Original Thought Required

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Mentor: Steve Fink
U.S. Bank Specialist: Vance Marshall


Brush Factory
Cincinnati, OH

Brush Factory designs and fabricates custom contemporary furniture using regionally sourced  hardwoods.

Team Brush Factory

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Mentor: Bob Bonder
U.S. Bank Specialist: Michael Walters


Cityscape Tiles
Cincinnati, OH

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

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U.S. Bank Specialist: Khadija Jlaoul
Mentor: Sean Mullaney


We Have Become Vikings
Cincinnati, OH

WHBV is a group of rebels, rockers, thinkers and makers combining strategy and design to help tell stories through any means possible.

Team WHBV

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U.S. Bank Specialist: Michael Howard
Mentor: Ghuffran Ali (not pictured)


Cut and Sewn
Cincinnati, OH

Cut and Sewn is a sample room that provides design, sewing, and patternmaking services for fashion and soft goods to design entrepreneurs.

Team Cut and Sewn

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U.S. Bank Specialist Lindsay Kessler
Mentor: Mike Zorn


2014 BIG PITCH HIGHLIGHTS

Meet the Big Pitch 2014 Finalists

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

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