Creative Enterprise

 

ABOUT BIG PITCH

ArtWorks Big Pitch is presented by U.S. Bank and 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. This program is only open to businesses whose headquarters are within 30 miles of the ArtWorks office (20 E. Central Parkway, 45202).


THE 10-WEEK BIG PITCH PROGRAM

 Meet our 2014 and 2015 Finalists

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, ArtWorks will select 8 finalists and pair them 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 Thursday, October 6. 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 CLOSED.

We will announce the eight finalists at the beginning of August.


 

Past 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.”


Co-founders Hayes Shanesy & Rosie Kovacs
of Brush Factory

Hayes Shanesy and Rosie Kovacs_Brush Factory

Cincinnati, OH
Brush Factory designs and fabricates custom contemporary furniture using regionally sourced hardwoods.
Brush Factory builds exciting future on a base of craftsmanship and tradition | Soapbox

Founder Rachel DesRochers
of Grateful Grahams

Covington, Kentucky
Grateful Grahams are handmade vegan graham treats that taste great and come with a big dose of gratitude!
Grateful Grahams founder displays gratitude along with desire to grow business | Soapbox


Founder Allison Hines
of Butcher Betties

Allison Hines_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.
Butcher Betties gets to the meat of why local startups need mentoring and funding | Soapbox

 Founder Richard Hunt
of Roebling Point Books & Coffee

Richard Hunt_Roebling Point Books and Coffee

Covington, KY
RoPoBoCo welcomes readers, neighbors, authors, advocacy groups, visitors and everyone thirsting for cool books, hot coffee and great people.
Roebling Point Books & Coffee in love with Covington, and vice versa | Soapbox

 


Founder James Marable
of Original Thought Required

James Marable_Original Thought Required

Cincinnati, OH
Original Thought Required is a cultural & fashion destination for Cincinnati. Focusing on limited edition apparel by independent designers.
Original Thought Required encourages young talent, creates community | Soapbox

Founder Jess Sheldon
of Cityscape Tiles

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Cincinnati, OH
Cityscape Tiles, formerly Hazel Brown Photography, is a photography service business and product developer, wholesaler and retailer of functional fine art products.
Big Pitch finalist Jess Sheldon shows longtime love for OTR with Cityscape Tiles | Soapbox

 


Founder Jason Snell
of We Have Become Vikings

Jason Snell_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.
Snell’s Viking design work is at All Star Game, Lumenocity and everywhere in between | Soapbox

Founder Jenifer Sult
of Cut and Sewn

Jenifer Sult_Cut and Sewn

Cincinnati, Ohio
Cut and Sewn is a sample room that provides design, sewing, and patternmaking services for fashion and soft goods to design entrepreneurs.
Cut and Sewn founder/designer living her childhood dream | Soapbox

 


2014 BIG PITCH FINALISTS AND WINNERS

2014 GRAND PRIZE WINNER
$15,000 business grant recipient

Chris Sutton

Noble Denim
Chris Sutton

Noble exists to create durable, classic items of clothing made in North America using methods that are sustainable and good for all involved.

Read Chris’s profile in Soapbox Cincinnati

2014 AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD WINNER
Recipient of $5,000 business grant

Django Kroner Canopy

Canopy Crew
Django Kroner

The Canopy Crew is a custom tree house and professional tree care company.

Read Django’s profile in Soapbox Cincinnati


2014 FIRST RUNNER-UP
Recipient of $2,500 in professional services from Dinsmore and Shohl, Clark Schaefer Hackett and LPK

Matt Madison Madisono

 Madisono’s Gelato & Sorbetto

Matt Madison

Madisono’s Gelato & Sorbet produces small batch gelato in inspired flavors to the wholesale retail and restaurant markets in Cincinnati.

Read Matt’s profile in Soapbox Cincinnati

2014 SECOND RUNNER-UP
Winner of $1,000 in professional services from Dinsmore and Shohl, Clark Schaefer Hackett and LPK

Brian Stuparyk Steamwhistle

Steam Whistle Letterpress & Design

Brian Stuparyk

Steam Whistle is a letterpress print shop specializing in design & production, and local and national sales of unique retail and custom paper products.

Read Brian’s profile in Soapbox Cincinnati


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Chocolats Latour
Owner: Shalini Latour

Chocolats Latour creates handmade confections with artistic designs and unique flavors using fair trade chocolate and local ingredients.

Read Shalini’s Soapbox Cincinnati profile

Golden Hour Moving Pictures Jacqueline
Golden Hour Moving Pictures

Owner: C. Jacqueline Wood

Golden Hour Moving Pictures is a small video production company dedicated to the art of the moving image.

Read Jacqueline’s Soapbox Cincinnati Profile


Heather Britt HBDC
HBDC: Heather Britt Dance Collective

Owner: Heather Britt

HBDC uses professional choreography, high energy DANCEFIX workout classes, and flash mobs to create community connections through dance.

Read Heather’s Soapbox Cincinnati profile

Modern MisfitModern Misfit Classic Genius
Owners: Cordario Collier, Jason Matheny

Misfit Genius, A lifestyle clothing brand that empowers thinkers, leaders and influencers to Embrace the Misfit, Become the Genius.

Read Monty and Jason’s Profile in Soapbox Cincinnati


A BIG THANKS TO OUR
ONGOING FUNDERS