WEBINAR RECORDING — Pitchfests: Promoting Local Business Investment Through Entrepreneur Showcases
What do you get when you bring together local entrepreneurs and everyday investors?
Answer: A pitchfest!
A pitchfest (also called an entrepreneur showcase) is a fun, informative event where local entrepreneurs who are looking to raise capital can connect with everyday investors and community members.
During the event, the entrepreneurs give presentations to “pitch” their business ideas to the audience in an informal setting that typically includes food, drink, and plenty of mingling. A pitchfest serves as the first step toward connecting local entrepreneurs and investors in meaningful ways.
In February 2014, New Dream hosted a webinar about how to organize a pitchfest in your community. Dovetailing with our popular Guide to Going Local, the webinar covers topics such as how to get started, identifying local entrepreneurs and investors, and maximizing the success of your event.
- Bob Marino is a board member at Seacoast Local, a "local first" nonprofit that serves the seacoast of New Hampshire and southern Maine. Marino is a member of Seacoast Local's Community Capital working group and has helped organize two Entrepreneur Showcases over the last year.
Click play on the video below to watch a recording of the webinar (the slides may be downloaded here). Hear Marino share his experiences, offer tips, and answer questions about how you can organize a pitchfest in your own town!
Resources for organizing pitchfests from Seacoast Local:
- Planning documents (event planning guides, compliance language, presenter application, and more)
- Entrepreneur presentation template
- Entrepreneur presentation examples
Additional resources about pitchfests and local investing:
- BALLE Community Capital Toolkit
- Slow Money
- Local Investment Opportunities Network (LION)
- No Small Potatoes Investment Club
- Locavesting by Amy Cortese (book)
Video length: Approx. 1 hour.
The webinar slides may be downloaded here.