The Holland Performing Arts Center will host Get Started Omaha on April 24. Entrepreneurs will have 2.5 minutes to pitch to a panel of expert judges.
Get Started Omaha will give five entrepreneurs a chance to pitch for a $8,500 prize pack April 24 at 5:30 p.m. in the Holland Performing Arts Center.
The top prize includes $5,000 cash, a $2,500 Cox Business technology package and $1,000 in Cox Media consultation/production services.
Businesses or individuals interested in pitching their business idea to the panel must provide a 250 word or less description of the proposed product or service pitch. Entries should be submitted by April 2 and five finalists will be notified by April 7 if selected to pitch. Finalists will be selected based on innovation, ease of implementation and the benefit it brings to the local community. They'll then have 2.5 minutes to pitch their business idea to the expert panel and will receive immediate feedback.
Local businesses not competing are encouraged to attend this free event for networking and learning opportunities from leaders in digital marketing, funding and business-growth strategy.
"It's important to us at Cox Business to support and inspire the entrepreneurial spirit in our local communities," said Mark Tucker, vice president of Cox Business. "Get Started Omaha is a great opportunity for both startups and mature businesses to learn from our expert panel and from one another."
Get Started Omaha begins with networking and will include food, drinks and educational opportunities for local businesses. A free pitch workshop at 4:30 p.m. before the event is offered to all registered pitchers with PitchMaps. An interactive Q&A will take place with the expert panel and live audience immediately following the pitches.
The expert panel includes:
Tim Washer, Cisco’s social media leader
Eric Paley, managing partner of venture capital firm Founder Collective
Christine Largorio-Chafkin, of Inc. magazine
Registration is open for attendees and pitch contestants at Get Started Omaha.
Credit: Photo from Ennead Architects
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