Fast Pitch Competition Coming Up: Part of Entrepreneurship Week Chicago

October 31, 2008

3:25 pm

The Chicagoland Fast Pitch Competition is coming up and there is prize money at stake.  You know what that means?  You need to dust off your pitch, get ready to have some fun and potentially win some money.  You’ll also have the chance to meet some great people and receive useful feedback on your pitch and your business so there is a lot to be gained beyond just money and fame.

You can check out the Entrepreneurship Week Chicago site for more info on Fast Pitch, to register for Fast Pitch and to learn about other events happening during that week.  Details on Fast Pitch are also listed below.

TECH cocktail is proud to be a supporting organization of Entrepreneurship Week Chicago and the Chicagoland Fast Pitch Competition.

(For those that care: Unfortunately I will not be able to make the fast pitch competition or anything else during entrepreneurship week since the week falls on the same week as DFJ’s annual gathering in the Valley.)


The Chicagoland FAST PITCH Competition

Entrepreneurs – can you pitch your business idea in three minutes or less?

Chicagoland’s participation in Global Entrepreneurship Week includes the 2nd Annual FAST PITCH Competition.

FAST PITCH is an opportunity to pitch business ideas to a panel of esteemed judges for scoring,

get feedback and earn cash prizes.

When: Tuesday, November 18 from 1:00-3:00pm

Where: Gleacher Center, 450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive, Chicago

How: The event is free to attend and free to pitch but registration is required. Register here

Registration deadline: November 5 to submit the pitch; November 15 to attend the event

Competition Details

You must register and submit your three minute pitch in writing to no later than November 5 . You will be notified by November 12 if you are selected to present at FAST PITCH competition on November 18. At the competition, a panel of experienced entrepreneurs, investors and industry experts will provide feedback and select the winner of a $4,000 cash prize .

Preparing your FAST PITCH

Your pitch should tell a story, be concise, precise and limited to 3 minutes. Please include answers to the following six questions:

  1. What is your technology, product or service? Briefly describe what you sell and the need it fulfills.
  2. Who is your target market? Briefly state who buys this product or service and the size of the market.
  3. How do you expect to make money? Describe the source(s) of revenue and how you will sell.
  4. Who is your competition?
  5. What is your competitive advantage? How can your company provide this product or service better than the competition?
  6. Who is behind the company? Share your and your team’s background and accomplishments. Explain how your background gives your business credibility.

For additional information, please contact:

The Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center

Una Pipic
312.494.6728 /

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