2014 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 fourth-annual Business Pitch Competition Finale which will take place on Wednesday, October 22. 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!
1. Entrepreneurs that are just getting started and have a great new idea
2. In business for two years or less
3. Total gross annual revenue does not exceed $250,000
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: September 5, 2014
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 22.
6. The final four businesses will present at the Fourth Annual Business Pitch Competition on October 22, 2014 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 23 and 24 at Kalahari Convention Center in Sandusky, OH.
Click HERE to begin the application process. (Browser versions supported by DecisionDesk are Google Chrome 13+, Mozilla Firefox 3.6+, Apple Safari 6+, and Internet Explorer 10+.)
First Place: Daniel Mansoor - GiveNext: GiveNext is an online (and mobile) dashboard where donors transact and manage their charitable giving in partnership with the causes they care about.
Second Place: Erika Boll - Toasted Oat, LLC: The Toasted Oat, LLC is a gluten-free granola manufacturer established in January 2013. The company targets wholesale, retail and direct-to-consumer sales.
Third Place: Nichelle McCall - BOLD Guidance, Inc.: BOLD Guidance makes applying to college less stressful with mobile and computer- based apps, that allows students to easily and efficiently manage the college application process from anywhere.
Fourth Place: Deb Stanzak - RonWear Port-able Clothing: RonWear Port-able Clothing® is a manufacturer of fashionable apparel, designed for comfort, modesty as well as ease of access for anyone who requires infusion for medical treatments.