Tonight, January 23, FlashStarts
will be hosting Global Pitcher Night
at the January TechPint
event at Mahall’s 20 Lanes
in Lakewood. Don't come expecting free pitchers of beer; the night is about providing budding entrepreneurs with the opportunity to get up and pitch their business ideas for a chance to take home $5,000.
“We call it a karaoke-for-entrepreneurs concept,” says FlashStarts co-founder Charles Stack. “It’s an irreverent approach to a business competition. Pitchers will get a few minutes at the microphone, then the crowd will hoot and holler.”
Six pitchers will be selected to present a three-minute pitch, followed by two minutes of Q&A from the audience. A team of judges from FlashStarts and sponsor Arsenal Venture Partners
will decide how the $5,000 will be awarded, either winner-take-all or by dividing it up among multiple winners. The audience also will get to provide input.
“It really is as informal a process as you will see, but we’re taking it seriously,” says Stack. “We’re trying to brew up new ideas.”
Interested pitchers should email 100-word pitches to [email protected]
up until 4 p.m. today. Stack says they’ve already received more than a dozen applications. Doors open at 4:30 p.m., and the pitches begin at 5 p.m. Those who show up before 5:30 p.m. get an extra drink ticket.
Stack and Doug Hardman, founder of SparkBase
, will speak after the pitch presentation, followed by an after party. Tickets
are $15 and include a free pint of beer and some food.
Source: Charles Stack
Writer: Karin Connelly