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 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. 2018 applications are now open – apply here.
Save the date for November 17, 2018! Ticket information is coming soon.
November 17, 2018
1:00PM – 05:00PM
2018 application deadline: August 15, 11:59 p.m.
Semifinalists notified: September 10
Finalists announced: October 1
Semifinalists will be asked to submit additional information, including a 30-second elevator pitch video. Finalists will be required to pay a $100 competition fee before being approved to compete. Applicants not chosen as finalists will receive complimentary tickets to all public ticketed events related to The Big Pitch competition.
Contestants will be selected within the sole discretion of REV Birmingham (REV). REV reserves the right to remove a contestant, change the event, or cancel the event at any time for any reason. Contestants are required to attend all related functions including the Kickoff Mixer, technical assistance Bootcamp, and live pitch competition. Failure to attend any one of these sessions may result in loss of eligibility to compete in The Big Pitch.
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 PNC Alabama regional president 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 the technical assistance bootcamp. PNC’s partnership with the local small business development community has proven crucial to its success and sustainability.