The competition is open to individual and team entries.
Entries are due by Wednesday, March 20th 2019. Finalists will be notified by Friday, March 22nd and be invited to participate in the Final Event to give a live pitch. The final event will be held on Wednesday, March 27th 2019 at StillLife (511 Cotanche Street, Greenville, NC).
*Applying does not guarantee an opportunity to pitch.
ROUND ONE: March 27th 2019@ StillLife 6 PM Registration. 6:30 Pitch begins.- Three minute pitch per team- Three simultaneous heats - Nine finalists will advance - No Audio/visual such as PowerPoint, or streaming video- Permissible: Props, product samples, prototypes, and a tri-fold poster (Maximum size 28 x 40)
ROUND TWO: - Two minute pitch- Three minute question and answer session with judges panel - No Audio/visual such as PowerPoint or streaming video- Permissible: Props, product samples, prototypes, and a tri-fold poster (Maximum size 28 x 40)
- Your business abstract must include 500 words or less that answers: o What is the problem you are trying to solve or business proposition ? o How are you solving the problem?o Who are you solving it for?o How is your solution different from what is already available?o What are the intended use of funds?
- Winners are awarded CASH GRANTS and in-kind donations totaling over $18,000.
Eligibility: For profit business are eligible to apply.
Anticipated award levels*
• 1st Place $7,000• 2nd Place $4,500• 3rd Place $3,000• PEOPLE'S CHOICE $1,000
Presentations will be timed.*may change based on donation