Apply by Oct. 10 to compete ‘Shark Tank’-style at Pitch & Pour

September 29, 2016 | Events, News, UToday
By Christine Billau

Organizers of northwest Ohio’s largest entrepreneurial business pitch competition and networking event called Pitch & Pour are looking for people with ideas to compete for up to $10,000 in cash and prizes.

The application deadline for the competition modeled after “Shark Tank” is Monday, Oct. 10. Any technology-based business startup can apply.

Pitch & Pour logoPitch & Pour 5.0 will take place from Thursday, Nov. 10, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Nitschke Technology Commercialization Complex at The University of Toledo.

“We are proud to be providing the opportunity for candidate companies and entrepreneurs to enlist in the event,” Jessica Sattler, director of economic engagement and business development programs at UT, said. “We’re looking for high-tech, high growth, technology-enabled, web-based enterprises that demonstrate innovation and business concepts with the potential to develop into successful companies.”

Selected teams have five minutes and five slides to pitch their business concepts to the region’s investors, venture capitalists, professors and business leaders. Judges determine the winner. UT LaunchPad Incubation plans to finalize teams by mid-October.

“Although the prizes we award our competitors are great, gaining exposure to influencers who can spot successful ventures can often prove more valuable,” Sattler said. “Connecting with northwest Ohio’s tech business leaders and investors creates valuable opportunity to help your business grow.”

Pitch & Pour competitors have the opportunity to be invited to join UT’s LaunchPad Incubation Program, which works to bolster innovation in northwest Ohio by providing access to capital, resources and expertise focused on enhancing community collaboration and communication for entrepreneurial development.

To apply for the Pitch & Pour event, visit

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