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New World Angels Hillsborough Business Pitch Competition

Welcome to the New World Angels Hillsborough Business Pitch Competition! If you have not logged in before, please click the REGISTER above button and follow the instructions. If you have already registered, please log in using your e-mail address and password.

Are you growing an existing business or have an idea for a great new business in Hillsborough County? Are you interested in winning $5,000 in cash to put towards that effort?

The New World Angels Hillsborough Business Pitch Competition provides existing and start-up businesses the unique opportunity to win $5,000 while gaining valuable insight from successful business owners who have discovered their keys to success. New World Angels is a group of private investors dedicated to providing equity capital to early-stage entrepreneurial companies in Florida.

The contest officially closes on December 15, 2014.


Entry Criteria

The New World Angels Hillsborough Business Pitch Competition is open to private or public for-profit businesses located in or with planned operations to be in Hillsborough County, Florida.


What is the Grand Prize?

No more than 4 finalists will be invited to compete for the Grand Prize of $5,000 cash, a $100 business training voucher, and unlimited hours of certified business coaching.


How Do I Enter the Contest?

  1. If you do not have an iStart.org account, please click on the REGISTER link toward the top of the page.
  2. To apply to compete in the contest, complete the registration process and click the Contest Application round to submit a 500-word maximum Business Summary by December 15, 2014. The Business Concept  Summary must address the following five topics:
  • Product/Service description
  • Customer definition (their need - your solution)
  • Market description (size and sales strategy)
  • Competition (competitors - differentiation)
  • Use of the cash prize

What Happens Next?

  1. The first round of the contest (Application Round) is submitting your 500-word maximum Business Summary by December 15, 2014.
  2. If you pass the Application round, you will be invited to participate in the Screening Round. Screening sessions will be held on Friday, December 12, 2014, starting at 9:00 am and on Friday, December 19, 2014, starting at 9:00 am.
  3. No more than 4 finalists from the Screening Round will be invited to participate in the Final Round to give a 15-minute pitch presentation during the Access to Capital Summit (www.HillsboroughCounty.org/Access2Capital) on Thursday, January 15, 2015, at 10:00 am in front of a panel of judges and a live audience.


What if I Have Questions?

Attend an Information Session to receive an overview of the contest, entry criteria, Business Summary and how to enter the contest. Information Sessions will be held at the Sheraton Tampa East, 10221 Princess Palm Avenue, Tampa, Florida:

  1. Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 10:00 am - 11:30 am
  2. Thursday, November 20, 2014, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Please feel free to contact Chuck Dean, New World Angels, at chuckdean1@yahoo.com or (727) 692-3978 or Jonathan Grabis, Program Manager, New World Angels, at jgrabis@research-park.org or (561) 416-6092 x1400.



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