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2017 LGBT Biz Pitch

by Jason Dittmer, Director of Marketing & Communications
| Apr 11, 2017

NGLCC_BizPitch_300x250Hold on to Your Seats for an Entrepreneurial Competition Like No Other!

The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) is excited to launch the seventh installment of LGBT Biz Pitch where contestants compete for a cash prize of $25,000 along with an additional $25,000 business consulting and prize package.

As its own version of the ABC hit show Shark Tank, this competition features top LGBT business owners in a dynamic, fast-paced setting where only one emerges with game-changing cash, prizes, and coaching. This year the stakes are higher than ever as the audience plays a crucial role in selecting the top contenders and corporate mentors advise and hone the pitches leading up to the final stage presentation.

LGBT Biz Pitch takes place at the 2017 NGLCC International Business & Leadership Conference in Las Vegas on August 1-4.

The Application Process:

The application process is open to all LGBT entrepreneurs. All submitted applications will have the chance to be featured in conference marketing leading up to the big event. NGLCC retains the rights to feature all applicants in conference and general marketing before and following the event. NGLCC will launch a social media campaign to promote selected applicants leading up to the conference. Selected applicants will be coached throughout the process by corporate mentors in order to elevate their presentations on the main stage. Participants must attend the 2017 International Business & Leadership Conference.

Selected participants for the LGBT Biz Pitch will present on the main stage in front of the conference plenary audience. Entrepreneurs from three finalist companies will be selected to give their best 7-minute presentation on their company, new or existing product, market, or other innovation followed by a Q&A session with the purpose of gaining valuable feedback from an expert panel of judges and angel investors. The winner of “LGBT Biz Pitch” will receive a cash prize of $25,000 along with an additional $25,000 business consulting package.

If you are interested in participating as an LGBT Biz Pitch contestant, please complete the application form no later than Friday, May 5.