Cox Business and Inc. magazine have teamed up to host a pitch competition for entrepreneurs in Omaha next month.
Get Started Omaha will highlight up to five entrepreneurs who will pitch their ideas to a panel of experts. One winner will be named to receive a $5,000 cash prize, a $2,500 Cox Business technology package, and $1,000 in Cox Media consulting and production services. Local businesses not competing are encouraged to attend the free event.
The panel of judges will include Cisco's social media leader, comedy writer and producer Tim Washer; Eric Paley, managing partner of venture capital firm Founder Collective; and Christine Lagorio-Chafkin of Inc.
Finalists will have 2.5 minutes to pitch their business ideas to the expert panel and will receive immediate feedback.
Businesses or individuals interested in pitching can enter here. You must provide a description, in 250 words or less, of the proposed product or service. All entries must be received by 12:01 a.m. PDT on April 3.
Cox Business will select up to five finalists who will present their pitch live the night of April 24 at the Holland Performing Arts Center. Entrants will be notified by April 7 if they are selected.
The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with networking, food, drinks and an educational opportunity for local businesses. An interactive question and answer session will take place with the panel and live audience after the pitches.