Harriston, March 22, 2019:
The PitchIt! Minto Business Plan Competition started in 2012 in an effort to grow small businesses in Minto and increase awareness of the resources available. In 2019 the Town of Minto in partnership with LaunchIt Minto and our generous sponsors are proud to launch PitchIt! 2.0.
The competition continues to be geared towards entrepreneurs that wish to open, purchase, expand or
re-locate a business within the Town of Minto. New this year, we have prizing for the winner, all finalists and a pool of prizing that can be customized based on the needs of the businesses. Thanks to the support of our generous community sponsors close to $27,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded in our biggest PitchIt Business Plan Competition yet!
“After 7 years of experience with the PitchIt! Business Plan Competition in its original format we were ready to amp it up a notch and thanks to our community sponsors stepping up we are going to be able to assist more businesses in a bigger way with PitchIt 2.0” said Belinda Wick-Graham the Town of Minto’s Business & Economic Manager.
For anyone interested in entering the competition, details and application forms can be found online at www.town.minto.on.ca or at the Town of Minto Office located at 5941 Hwy 89, Harriston. Questions regarding the competition can be directed to Belinda Wick-Graham at 519-338-2511 ext. 241 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The goal of The Rhyze Award is to create an opportunity that’s currently missing in our region: an award that will not only provide the funding women entrepreneurs need to finance their businesses, but the mentoring and support they need at key stages of their development to build and grow their businesses long term.
Who the Rhyze Award is for
The ideal recipient for an Rhyze Award is a woman entrepreneur with a new or existing business in Guelph or Wellington County facing growth challenges.
Recipients of the Rhyze Award must meet the complete eligibility requirements. Everyone who submits an application and meets the eligibility requirements will be invited to participate in mentoring opportunities, which may include peer mentoring circles, one-on-one mentoring, professional advice and business model coaching.
Key Dates 2019
Application Period: March 26th – April 26th, 2019
Application Information Sessions: April 11th
Shortlisted applicants will be notified by: May 10th
Pitch Camp: May 16th, 5pm -6:30pm at Innovation Guelph
Pitch Competition & Award Night: June 6th, 6 pm-9 pm at Innovation Guelph
Application Review Process
Each application will be reviewed by a volunteer panel of experts.
Ten applicants will be selected to pitch to a panel of judges/experts for the Rhyze™ cash award. The chosen applicants will attend a Pitch Camp to receive coaching and support to refine their pitch prior to presenting to the judges.
The top pitches will receive a Rhyze™ cash award with a one-to-one matching low interest loan from Meridian Credit Union. The actual amount of the Rhyze™ cash award depends on the amount of funding available.
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