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 competing for up to $20,000 in business grants.

Apply for Big Pitch

Applications close May 11, 2015

THE PRIZES

Grand Prize: $15,000 business grant
Audience Choice: $5,000 business grant

PART I: MENTORSHIP AND BUSINESS PLAN SUPPORT

8 finalists will be selected, and 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 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.


KEY DATES

April 1: Applications open

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

April 16: ArtWorks Big Pitch Q & A Panel w/ 2014 Finalists, 6 PM

April 29: Business Plan Workshop (open to the public), led by U.S. Bank, 8:30 AM

May 11: Application Deadline

May 26: Notice of Acceptance

May 26: Winners Notified


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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