2013 COSE Business Pitch Competition

The Business Pitch Competition provides aspiring small business owners the unique opportunity to win $20,000 to get their idea off the ground while learning valuable insight from successful business owners who have discovered their key to success.

The final four applicants will be showcased at the third-annual Business Pitch Competition Finale which will take place on Wednesday, October 23. This exciting event allows the finalists to pitch their idea to a panel of experts and more than 200 members of the small business community. All finalists will receive a cash prize to help get their idea started... with the winner walking away with $20,000!

How the Event Works

1. Provide an Executive Summary of your business or business idea (2 pages maximum).  Executive Summary should include:
• Product or service description
• Target market and size of the market
• Business model (how does your venture make money?)
• Key resources – e.g. patents, design, etc.
• Management team, their experience and the functions each member performs
• Why your business is unique and why your team has an advantage over others offering a similar product or service

2. Film a short 2-minute video pitch: This video should complement your executive summary and show our judges why your idea is more worthy than others.  You can do this on any webcam—the quality of the video itself will not be judged—it’s the content that counts.

3. Submit everything by the application deadline: August 30, 2013

4. The judging panel will review submissions and select the semi-finalists to participate in our formal pitch day in early October. The  semi-finalists will present to our judges during our formal pitch day. All of semi-finalists must participate in our formal pitch day to be considered for participation in the final round.  All semi-finalists will have a total of 15 minutes to present their best pitch and answer questions from our experienced judging panel.  The panel will then select the final four (4) businesses that will move onto the final round presenting their idea to the expert panel at the Business Pitch Competition Finale Event on October 23.

6. The final four businesses will present at the Third Annual Business Pitch Competition on October 23, 2013 at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center. Each business owner will have 15 minutes to give their pitch followed by in-depth questioning fromour panel.  At the finale of the event, our experts will identify the top pitches awarding each winner with prize money to help develop and build their concept.  First prize wins $20,000, second prize wins $10,000 and third and fourth prize each walk away with $5,000 a piece.

7. The final four businesses must attend the Small Business Convention on October 24 and 25 at Kalahari Convention Center in Sandusky, OH.

Click HERE to begin the application process.

2012 Winners

First Place: Kevin Suttman - Micro-Distillery Flavor Infusions: Seven Brothers Distilling Company is a small Artisan distillery which produces small batch, “boutique” spirits, and takes advantage of new legislation to sample and sell liquor direct to consumers at their distillery.

Second Place: Colleen O'Toole – On Demand Interpretation Services LLC (ODIS): ODIS provides on demand, certified legal interpreters, via remote secure videoconferencing for courts and their public support entities in 170 languages and American Sign Language (ASL).

Third Place: Michael Stanek – Cleveland Cycle Tours: Cleveland Cycle Tours offers pre-mapped tours of Cleveland for small groups of people on a unique “group bicycle.” The tours target individual groups, non-profit fundraising activities, and corporate team building outings

Fourth Place: Niki Zmij - Amplified Wind Solutions (AWS): AWS has a wind turbine technology that is mounted on a cylindrical or helix-shaped structure that increases the velocity of the wind stream, thus producing up  to six times more electricity than a typical turbine.



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