Apply to pitch for South Side Pitch 2021
South Side Pitch application deadline is August 9. If you are applying, you must be available for coaching sessions and for South Side Pitch.
This year, South Side Pitch is looking to celebrate South Side entrepreneurs by highlighting the impact their businesses have. South Side Pitch offers small business owners an opportunity to pitch in front of a city-wide audience to share their success story and for the chance to win cash prizes.
The judges will be looking for South Side businesses that can demonstrate a positive contribution to an individual life, community, or industry. For example, perhaps your business has improved your financial situation, led to a change in an industry, brought jobs to your community, or introduced a much-needed good or service to your neighborhood. Judges will also look at ways business owners have demonstrated creativity while growing their businesses. How has creativity contributed to the success of your business? How have you adapted to the many curveballs life throws at entrepreneurs?
We also want South Side entrepreneurs to be able to use their pitch to inspire the audience and encourage the public to invest in them. Thus, it is important that you explain why and how the cash prize would help your business and exhibit showmanship when delivering your pitch.
Contestants will be evaluated based on the eligibility and judging criteria. You can find both criteria at
For contestant rules, please go to
What's it like to pitch at South Side Pitch? We're glad you asked! Check out this video of our past event.
If any of the boxes below are not checked, then your business is not eligible for South Side Pitch 2021. Please do not continue with the application. We hope you register to attend the event!
Check the statements below that are true.
My business currently has less than 50 employees.
My business is past the idea stage and has a track record of serving customers.
My business is a for-profit company. Not a nonprofit.
My business is not part of a franchise.
My business is not a former or current client of the IJ Clinic on Entrepreneurship. I am also not a former or current client of the IJ Clinic on Entrepreneurship.
My business is not a former South Side Pitch finalist.
My primary business location is in the South Side. If my business does not have a physical location, my home location is in the South Side. We define the South Side as any community area below Roosevelt Road.
The owner(s) of my business is/are at least (18) years of age or older.
My business made less than $1 million in annual revenue in 2020.
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