ArtWorks Big Pitch presented by U.S. Bank
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.
Recruitment for the 2016 program will begin in mid-April.
CONGRATS TO OUR 2015 WINNER,
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.”
MEET THE 2015 BIG PITCH FINALISTS
Grateful Grahams is on a mission to spread a message of gratitude – one graham at a time.
Founder Rachel DesRochers
Grateful Grahams founder displays gratitude along with desire to grow business | Soapbox
Team Grateful Grahams
U.S. Bank Specialist: Jonathan Simpson
Mentor: Kathy Chabot
Butcher Betties is a female, veteran owned butcher shop & gourmet food store specializing in local, grass fed, natural, and organic meat.
Founder Allison Hines
Team Butcher Betties
U.S. Bank Specialist: Amanda Hamann
Mentor: Greg Schnelle (not pictured)
Roebling Point Books & Coffee
RoPoBoCo welcomes readers, neighbors, authors, advocacy groups, visitors and everyone thirsting for cool books, hot coffee and great people.
Founder Richard Hunt
Roebling Point Books & Coffee in love with Covington, and vice versa | Soapbox
U.S. Bank Specialist: Mark Sousa
Mentor: Sean Parker (not pictured)
Original Thought Required
Original Thought Required is a cultural & fashion destination for Cincinnati. Focusing on limited edition apparel by independent designers.
Founder James Marable
Team Original Thought Required
Mentor: Steve Fink
U.S. Bank Specialist: Vance Marshall
Brush Factory designs and fabricates custom contemporary furniture using regionally sourced hardwoods.
Co-Founders Hayes Shanesy & Rosie Kovacs
Team Brush Factory
Mentor: Bob Bonder
U.S. Bank Specialist: Michael Walters
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
U.S. Bank Specialist: Khadija Jlaoul
Mentor: Sean Mullaney
We Have Become Vikings
WHBV is a group of rebels, rockers, thinkers and makers combining strategy and design to help tell stories through any means possible.
U.S. Bank Specialist: Michael Howard
Mentor: Ghuffran Ali (not pictured)
Cut and Sewn
Cut and Sewn is a sample room that provides design, sewing, and patternmaking services for fashion and soft goods to design entrepreneurs.
Founder Jenifer Sult
Cut and Sewn founder/designer living her childhood dream | Soapbox
Team Cut and Sewn
U.S. Bank Specialist Lindsay Kessler
Mentor: Mike Zorn
ABOUT BIG PITCH
Each finalist will pitch to a panel of experts at the live event. Learn more about the expertise and background of each panelist.
Get to know the rest of the team and find out what each Big Pitch Mentor and U.S. Bank Small Business Banking Specialist brings to the table.
THE 10-WEEK BIG PITCH PROGRAM
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
2014 BIG PITCH HIGHLIGHTS