The Pittsburgh Business Show, the largest business-for-business trade show and networking event in the city, is offering a new program called the Pittsburgh Business Pitch that can change the lives of start-up business owners in the 10-county western Pennsylvania region.
The Pittsburgh Business Pitch is one of the area’s first start-up business pitch programs. Entrepreneurs with start-up business concepts will receive support and services from the event sponsors valued at tens of thousands of dollars, as they work to get their new business started.
People who have a great business idea and live within the 10-county western Pennsylvania region can nominate their idea by filling out a form. Those who nominate themselves or others are asked to pitch their concepts by submitting a business name, business concept and description, contact information, and their vision.
Once nominations are received, 12 business concept finalists will be chosen. These finalists will be provided with a booth on the main floor of the Pittsburgh Business Show, where they will present their business idea to the attendees, exhibitors, and Pitch sponsors at the Pittsburgh Business Show on April 25 and 26 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. All Show attendees can cast votes using text-to-vote technology provided by Fyre, a Pittsburgh-based business that supported the Show last year. Finalists are invited to share their ideas on social media to gain more votes from the community, friends, business executives, creatives, investors and other entrepreneurs.
The start-up concept with the most total votes will be presented with the Pittsburgh Business Pitch award on the Pittsburgh Business Show’s main stage on Thursday, April 26. The winning entrepreneur(s) will be provided support and services that will help them launch their brand and business.
“As Pittsburgh’s premier business event and trade show, our mission is to connect people with the resources that they need to start and grow their business. Many successful businesses were started by someone with a great idea that grew and was supported by their community. Pittsburgh is recognized as a great place to start a business because we have a hard-working, passionate entrepreneurial community and the resources to help new businesses get off the ground. We want the next great Pittsburgh business idea to receive the support they need and help to give them the best chance to turn their start-up concept into an amazing business,” said Linda Jo Thornberg, President of the Pittsburgh Business Show.
Nominations are currently being accepted through Monday, April 2. Finalists will be contacted the week of April 9.
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