Venture Connectors’ 11th annual business pitch competition is going virtual! Early-stage companies and entrepreneurs who are seeking funding for their business plans will compete for cash and prizes. Venture Sharks has awarded more than $100,000 in prizes since it was launched in 2010.
The deadline to apply is Sept. 4. The top ideas will be selected to compete in our preliminary round in mid-September, where the field will be narrowed to four finalists.
Those four lucky startups will fend for themselves against a panel of savvy investor sharks fishing for the next great deal during our regular monthly lunch on Wednesday, Oct. 7. Competitors will be given a few minutes to present, then the judges will fire off questions to them in the style of the popular television show, “Shark Tank.”
One lucky survivor will receive a prize package designed to help them take their idea to market, including a $5,000 cash award, one-on-one mentoring from established entrepreneurs and advisors, as well as in-kind services provided by Open i Advisors and other sponsors.