About The Big Pitch 2018

Now in its fifth 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 an impactful opportunity for entrepreneurs to gain the resources needed to achieve their big dreams for their small businesses. Numerous businesses including Eugene’s Hot Chicken, Laced Up Boutique, Ghost Training Brewing Company, Square One Goods Co. and many more have pitched their ideas in front of Big Pitch judges and a live audience.

2018 applications are now open – apply here. If you’d like to see the application questions and draft your answers first, you may download The Big Pitch 2018 Application Worksheet.

Save the date for November 17, 2018! Ticket information is coming soon.


Location TBA


November 17, 2018
1:00PM – 05:00PM

Application Rules

If you’re a startup poised to hit a major growth point in the next six months, this is the competition for you! We’re looking especially for retail, restaurant, art or neighborhood service concepts that will generate foot traffic and result in job and tax growth in the city of Birmingham.

Important dates:

2018 application deadline: September 15, 11:59 p.m.
Finalists announced: October 5
The Big Pitch live competition: November 17

Semifinalists (who will be notified in late September) will be asked to submit additional information, including a short elevator pitch video. Finalists are required to pay a $100 competition fee before being approved to compete and are required to attend the following events: Mentor Matching and Kick Off, workshops, Pitch Practice, and The Big Pitch Event.

Read the full rules here

Download The Big Pitch 2018 Application Worksheet to see the questions and draft your answers before completing the online application. Then, apply here!

Why The Big Pitch?

Nick Willis
PNC has made the strength and growth of Birmingham’s small business ecosystem a top philanthropic priority. What began as an initial $10,000 investment to kick start The Big Pitch has expanded to a $50,000 commitment to the competition. In addition, PNC business bankers have contributed countless hours to finalists during pitch preparations. PNC’s partnership with the local small business development community has proven crucial to its success and sustainability.

Nick Willis
Alabama regional president
David Fleming
REV Birmingham creates vibrant commercial districts by filling vacant spaces and growing sustainable businesses. Events like The Big Pitch serve as engines that help drive REV toward its mission and help amplify the excitement about the resurgence of businesses sprouting in Birmingham's city center and other historic urban commercial districts.

David Fleming

Sponsors & Partners

Thanks to our Presenting Sponsor of 5 Years, PNC, for their commitment to our local small businesses.

Thanks to the sponsors and partners who provide the coaching, technical assistance, and venues that make this effort possible.

The Big Pitch is a yearly initiative of REV Birmingham.