Cox Business Taps Entrepreneurs for Pitch Competition

Local entrepreneurs and small business owners can win $10,000 prize package

Cox Business is seeking local entrepreneurs, startups and small business owners interested in pitching their business plan or idea for a chance to walk away with more than $10,000 in cash and technology prizes at Get Started Gainesville.

As part of the ongoing Get Started business series, local entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to pitch their business idea to a panel of judges consisting of successful entrepreneurs and distinguished experts. All contestants and event attendees will receive valuable advice from the judges at the conclusion of each pitch.

Get Started offers entrepreneurs the opportunity for face-to-face interaction with potential investors while entering them into the alumni network of former Get Started competitors and winners. Pitches take place in front of a live audience, providing entrepreneurs additional exposure for their business idea.

Local entrepreneurs interested in competing can enter at where they must provide a 250-word description of the idea or business plan to be pitched. Applications will close at 11:59pm Friday, September 30th.  Entrants will be notified by October 6th if they have been selected as a finalist. The five finalists will receive two coaching sessions in advance of the competition to prepare.

Those interested in attending should register at to secure your free admission to Get Started Gainesville, a Gainesville Entrepreneur Month event.  Get Started will be held at the Champions Club at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium from 5:30 p.m. until 8 p.m., on Tuesday, October 18th.

In 2015, Get Started held more than 18 pitch events across the country and awarded more than $250,000 in cash and prizes to local entrepreneurs. For more information on Cox Business, please visit

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