Calling all entrepreneurs: Speed-dating for Startups!!!
Selected start-ups will compete in a speed-dating style event where the entrepreneurs ('Pitchers') have 3 minutes to pitch their business idea to specially recruited investors, mentors or service providers (the 'Catchers'). The Catchers will vote on the best Pitcher, who will take home the coveted Fast Pitch Bat.
Here's how it works: there will be 9 innings (baseball, get it?). Each inning lasts 5 minutes. You'll have 2-3 minutes (max) to give you elevator pitch to a table of 1-3 Catchers and then 2-3 minutes for discussion. The Catchers will then provide feedback on your pitch, allowing you to fine tune it as you go through the event. The can also ask questions, offer business advice or make a date to learn more. Afterwards the winners will be announced at the Hampton Inn.
The event is intended to be fun, but also very useful from a business perspective. It may lead to an investment, a customer or a critical bit of advice.
Applications are now being accepted for being a 'pitcher' at the Fast Pitch contest scheduled from 5-7 pm on Thursday, April 19, at the Hampton Inn downtown Gainesville.
Every company must pay a base application fee of $20, which includes entry for one company representative, or Pitcher. Companies must pay $10 for each additional Pitcher.
To attend the event, entry is $5 for GAIN stakeholders and $10 for non-stakeholders.
Food and drinks will be provided.
Don't delay--get your application in soon!!