GAIN 6th Annual FastPitch Call for Applicants due March 27th
Applications for the GAIN 6th Annual FastPitch Contest are now being accepted. Applications are due by March 27th. This is a fast-paced event that provides companies with an opportunity to practice their investor pitches, get valuable feedback, win prizes and ultimately could lead to an investment.
The selected start-ups will compete in a speed-dating style event where the entrepreneurs (‘Pitchers’) have 3 minutes to pitch their business idea to specially recruited investors, mentors or service providers (the ‘Catchers’). The Catchers will vote on the best Pitcher, who will take home the coveted FastPitch Bat.
Here’s how it works: there will be 9 “innings” (baseball, get it?). Each inning lasts 5 minutes. Each company has a maximum of 3 minutes to give their elevator pitch to a table of 1-3 Catchers. The pitch is followed by 2-3 minutes of discussion. The Catchers will then provide feedback on the pitch, allowing the company representatives to fine tune their presentation as they go through the event. The can also ask questions, offer business advice or schedule time to meet at a later date to learn more about the business idea. The event concludes with the announcement of the winner.
The first place winner will receive $500 cash, $1,000 in legal fees from Saliwanchik, Lloyd & Eisenschenk, $500 accounting fees provided by James Moore, plus a free application and one ticket to the Florida Venture Forum Early-Stage competition in Orlando, May 13-14, 2015.
Only a limited number of entrepreneurs will be selected for this event.
Cost to participate: Company base application fee of $30, includes entry for one company representative, or PITCHER. Additional cost per company representative is $10 each.
Cost to attend:
GAIN Stakeholder Admission $10
Non-Stakeholder Admission $15
EVENT DATE: Thursday April 16, 2015
TIME: 5:30pm – 8pm
LOCATION: Gainesville Golf and Country Club
7300 SW 35th Way
Gainesville Florida 32608
“Ballpark Fare” and libations will be provided.
1st Place — $1,000 in legal fees from Saliwanchik, Lloyd & Eisenschenk, $500 cash, $500 accounting fees provided by James Moore, plus a free application and one ticket to the Florida Venture Forum Early-Stage competition in Orlando, May 13-14, 2015.
2nd Place — $150
3rd Place — $100
Full details about this event can be found at 2015gainfastpitch.eventbrite.com.