2024 Pitch Contest

🚀 Join Our Startup Pitch Competition! 🚀

Are you a local Whatcom/Skagit County entrepreneur with an innovative idea? Whether you’re just starting your journey or looking to take your startup to new heights, you’ve come to the right place. Our startup business pitch competition is your chance to win some startup funds, connect with potential investors, practice pitching your idea, and learn from experienced business professionals!

Who?

You Are: Entrepreneur/Innovator based in Whatcom or Skagit County. (At least one team member must live in Whatcom or Skagit County).

When?

Application Deadline: August 25, 2024.

Finalists Selected: September, 2024.

Event Date: November 2, 2024.

Coaching and Workshop Sessions:

Entrepreneur Pitch Application Workshop: Wednesday, June 26, 12-1:30pm PDT

If you would like to review your idea with a WWU Small Business Development Center certified business advisor, you can request a session with Eric Grimstead.

Where?

Location: Whatcom Community College - Syre Auditorium.

Why Participate?

Prize Money: $10,000 in prize money!

Funding Opportunities: Connect with and impress potential investors.

Expert Feedback: Receive valuable insights from seasoned business professionals and founders to refine your pitch.

Networking: Connect with other founders, mentors, and potential collaborators.

How It Works:

Apply: Fill out the form below to share your startup’s story.

Pitch: Selected participants will present their ideas in a live pitch session on November 2nd, 2024.

Win: Compete for cash prizes, mentorship, and exposure.

Don’t miss this chance to propel your startup forward! Apply now and let your entrepreneurial journey begin.

Example 1 - Tech Company | Example 2 - Food Delivery Company | Clear Examples

Example 1 - Tech Company

Company Name:

InnovateTech Solutions

Applicant Names, Emails, Phone Numbers, Addresses:

Jane Doe, jane.doe@email.com, 555-555-5555, (345 Fake St, Bellingham, WA 98225)

Company Description:

InnovateTech Solutions is a software development startup specializing in creating AI-driven chatbots for customer service. Our startup develops intelligent chatbots that streamline customer interactions, reduce response times, and enhance user experience. We address the challenge of overwhelmed customer support teams by automating routine inquiries, freeing up human agents for more complex tasks. Our chatbots use natural language processing to understand and respond to customer queries, providing accurate and efficient assistance. Unlike traditional chatbots, our solution adapts to context, learns from interactions, and offers personalized responses.

Market Opportunity:

Our customers include e-commerce businesses, SaaS companies, and service providers. The potential market is substantial, with millions of businesses seeking efficient customer support solutions.

Revenue:

We plan to offer subscription-based pricing for our chatbot services, with tiered plans based on usage and features.

Competitors:

Our competitors include established chatbot platforms like ChatGuru and BotMaster.

Competitive Advantage:

Our advantage lies in our advanced AI algorithms and customizable chatbot templates, which outperform existing solutions.

Current Status:

We have a functional prototype and are conducting pilot tests with early adopters.

Example 2 - Food Delivery Company

Company Name:

GreenEats

Applicant Names, Emails, Phone Numbers, Addresses:

Jane Doe, jane.doe@email.com, 555-555-5555, (345 Fake St, Bellingham, WA 98225)

Company Description:

GreenEats is a sustainable food delivery service that connects local farmers and eco-conscious consumers. We provide farm-to-table meal delivery, sourcing fresh, organic ingredients directly from nearby farms. GreenEats addresses the challenge of limited access to locally grown, healthy food by bridging the gap between farmers and urban consumers. Our platform allows consumers to order seasonal, farm-fresh meals online, supporting local agriculture and reducing food miles. Unlike traditional food delivery services, GreenEats prioritizes sustainability, transparency, and community connections.

Market Opportunity:

Our customers include health-conscious individuals, families, and environmentally aware consumers. The potential market is significant, given the growing interest in sustainable food.

Revenue:

We plan to charge a subscription fee for our meal delivery service, with options for customized meal plans.

Competitors:

Existing competitors include other meal delivery services like FreshLocal and Farm2Table.

Competitive Advantage:

Our advantage lies in our commitment to local sourcing and eco-friendly practices.

Current Status:

We have conducted successful pilot deliveries in our local community and are ready to scale.