Deadline: June 26, 8:00 AM (PST)
Register and apply to participate in
the Business Pitch Competition at the Governor’s Conference on
Business! This statewide competition is
open to businesses in operation for 2 years or less from all industries. Pitch your business, product or service to our expert panel for a chance to win a
prize package that could give a boost to your early stage venture. In addition, you will have the opportunity to network with
other business professionals and gain exposure for your business to potential customers or investors.
Cash and prizes will be awarded for first and second place and for the first time in Reno, we will announce a People's Choice Award based on an audience vote.
- 1st Place: $5,000 in cash and in-kind services package
- 2nd Place: $2,500 in cash and an in-kind services package
- People's Choice: $1,000 in cash.
The competition is open to businesses in any industry. Entrants must meet the following criteria:
a business license in the State of Nevada (proof of licensing required).
been operating for less than two years.
less than $250,000 in annual gross revenue.
a business project or concept in the early stages of development, launch or
an entrepreneurial start-up without direct or indirect operating relationship
to an existing large scale corporation, investment fund or government agency.
Employees of the State of Nevada and all associated sponsors
of the Pitch Competition are ineligible to participate. All determinations as to participant
eligibility shall be made in the sole discretion of Nevada Department of
Business and Industry staff reviewing the initial pool of applications.
Competition Guidelines and Rules
non-refundable $40 registration fee is due at the time of application
of the registration fee entitles the registrant to have his or her Pitch Application
reviewed by the Pitch Competition’s judging panel prior to the conference date.
The fee also entitles the registrant to
attend the conference and Governor’s Luncheon at no additional cost. Additional conference tickets for associates
and guests must be purchased separately.
a registrant’s application is selected as one of the competition finalists prior
to the conference date, the registrant will be invited to compete in a Live
Pitch Event at the conference.
to 10 finalists will be selected to compete in the Live Pitch Event. In the event one or more finalists cannot
compete on the day of the conference, alternate applicants may be selected by
conference organizers to replace them.
Conference organizers reserve the right to adjust the number of
finalists upward or downward at any time.
One representative of each finalist company
will have 2 minutes to make its pitch presentation before the judges’
panel. Pitches will be hard stopped at 2
minutes. Time will begin when the presenter
begins speaking. The presentation will
be followed by a 3-minute Q&A with the judges.
must be physically present for the Live Pitch Event at the Governor’s
Conference on Business 2017, which will be held in Northern Nevada at theNugget Casino Resort (1100 Nugget Ave., Sparks, NV
89431) on the morning of Thursday, August 17, 2017. No prerecorded presentations will be allowed.
may have a “back up” presenter ready to make the pitch in the event that an
emergency arises or unforeseen circumstance prevents the original presenter
use of PowerPoint or slide presentations is not permitted. Props, posters or prototypes may be used or
displayed; however, set up time will not be provided. Handouts and samples may not be distributed
to the judges or audience at any time during your presentation.
public sessions of the competition may be recorded and rebroadcast by event
organizers, the public at large, or members of the media. Participants should not expect or assume any
rights of confidentiality related to data or information presented or discussed
during the public session.
will be announced at the Governor’s Luncheon the same day and must be present
to claim their award.
organizers reserve the right to disqualify any application submission that it
deems inappropriate, unethical or offensive – or to disqualify any finalist
that violates the rules of the Live Pitch Event.
Application Process and Timeline
Pay the $40 fee (click here for online registration) The registration fee includes light
breakfast, luncheon and access to the conference for one person.
Email the following documents in pdf format (with “Pitch Competition Application” written in the subject line) to email@example.com:
a. A copy of your business pitch competition registration
Completed application form
c. Executive Summary (4 pages maximum)
Copy of current Nevada business license(s)
Copy of your W-9
– A completed Business Model Canvas http://www.businessmodelgeneration.com/canvas/bmc
3. Failure to submit any of the required
documents (except the Business Model Canvas, which is optional) will result in
the disqualification of your application.
will be accepted up to Monday, June 26, 2017 at 8:00 A.M. Pacific Standard Time.
5. Finalists will be selected and
applicants will be notified by Thursday, July 20th, 2017.
6. Finalists must confirm their intent to
participate in the Live Pitch Event at the Governor’s Conference on Business by
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 5:00 P.M. Pacific Standard Time. Failure to confirm will result in
7. Competition organizers reserve the
right to delay or extend the registration period and adjust the number of
finalists selected to make the presentation pitch at any time.
8. By submitting an application, you agree
to the competition terms and conditions.
9. If your business is not selected as a finalist,
you are still encouraged to attend. You
will have a great opportunity to network with like-minded entrepreneurs and
learn about business development resources available in Nevada.