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, Feast & Forest, and many more have all pitched their ideas in front of five judges and hundreds of audience supporters. While applications are now closed, we invite you to contact us if you’re interested in applying for 2018. Save the date for November 18, 2017 and secure a seat by getting your tickets today.
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.
Under outgoing PNC regional president Brian Bucher, PNC has made the strength and growth of Birmingham’s small business ecosystem a top philanthropic priority. This commitment remains as Nick Willis assumes the role as Alabama Regional President. What began as an 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.
Watch The Big Pitch in one of the newest additions to the downtown Parkside district. Join us as we celebrate our small business starters (and get a sneak peek at exciting, upcoming plans for the museum).