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Contest Rules


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Application Fee


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Application Form


Save the dates

Contest Dates

Key Dates: Applications Close: 9/28 > Semifinalists Selected: 10/2 > Finalists Announced: 10/13

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About The Big Pitch 2017

Now in it’s fourth year, The Big Pitch Presented by PNC has grown to become an exciting showcase of Birmingham’s up and coming small business owners. REV Birmingham launched this event to offer a truly unique and impactful opportunity for entrepreneurs to gain the resources and startup money needed to launch their dreams. Numerous businesses such as Eugene’s Hot Chicken, Laced Up Boutique, Ghost Training Brewing Company, and many more have all pitched their ideas in front of five judges and hundreds of audience supporters. If you’re looking for the mentoring, assistance, and capital needed to take your concept to the next level, apply today. Or if you just want to grab a front row seat to cast your People’s Choice Vote to help determine the next Birmingham success story, grab an early discounted ticket and save the date for November 18, 2017. Be sure to join the REV Birmingham newsletter for updates as the live competition draws closer.


Venue: To Be Announced
Birmingham, USA


November 18, 2017
12:00PM – 04:00PM

About REV Birmingham

Creating the most vibrant commercial market in the South

Under David Fleming, REV Birmingham has grown to become a key economic development partner with the City of Birmingham. The work of the organization centers around the creation of vibrancy, filling vacant spaces, and growing sustainable businesses. Events like The Big Pitch serve as engines that help drive REV toward all three mission pillars. The Urban Food Project, ZYP Bikeshare, Birmingham Restaurant Week, REVeal Kitchen, and Woodlawn Street Market are but a few other examples of the transformative work being done to amplify Birmingham’s recent resurgence.

PNC and The Big Pitch

A continuous commitment to supporting local small businesses

Under Brian Bucher, Alabama Regional President, PNC has made the strength and growth of Birmingham’s small business ecosystem a priority. What began as a initial $10,000 investment to kick start The Big Pitch has expanded to a $40,000 commitment to the competition. In addition, PNC business bankers have contributed countless hours to finalists during the technical assistance bootcamp. PNC’s partnership with the local small business development community has proven crucial to its success and sustainability.

Contestant Schedule

Contestants will gain access to mentoring relationships, technical assistance workshops, connections with city officials, business leaders, and potential investors over the course of a month leading up to the live competition.
  • Day 1: Mentor Match

    Friday, October 20, 2017

  • Day 2: Bootcamp

    Friday, November 3, 2017

  • 08:00AM - 09:00AM
    Finalists will prepare for the upcoming bootcamp offering technical assistance and advice across six different categories: business banking, marketing, accounting, legal, branding, and pitch development.

  • 09:00AM - 11:00AM

  • Day 3: Kickoff Mixer

    Thursday, November 16, 2017

  • Day 4: Pitch Day

    Saturday, November 18, 2017

Pitch Location

Birmingham, AL

Location: To Be Announced