Governor’s Conference on Business to host unique Business Pitch Competition


Teri Williams
Public Information Officer
(702) 486-0407
Carson City, NV - June 16, 2015

Nevada-based startup companies that need more capital should look no further.  The Governor’s Conference on Business 2015 is showcasing the first-ever Business Pitch Competition as part of this year’s one-stop business resource event.   A two minute pitch in front of a panel of judges will net two entrepreneurs cash and prizes totaling $16,000.  First place will be awarded cash and prizes worth $13,500; second place, $2,500 cash.

The inaugural competition, sponsored by AT&T and IQ Technology Solutions, is open to Nevada-based businesses that have been in operation two years or less and have less than $250,000 in annual gross revenue. The application process is open to businesses located anywhere within the State, but companies must be able to travel to Reno in late August to make a live pitch if selected as one of the 10 finalists.

This competition is a twist on the traditional pitch competitions. You need to already be in business with all of the necessary licenses and the entry is not limited to technology startups. Any and all businesses are encouraged to apply.” said Bruce Breslow, Director of the Department of Business and Industry.

Key dates and details:

·         To apply, a business must submit a $40 application fee and a completed application packet to the Department of Business and Industry by 5 p.m., July 17.  The application fee also provides admission for one to the conference and luncheon.

·         Competition judges will review all completed submissions and select 10 finalists and 2 alternates.

·         Finalists will make a two minute in-person pitch in front of a panel of judges at the Governor’s Conference on Business 2015 on August 25.

·         First and second place awards will be announced and presented during the conference luncheon.

Additional information about Business Pitch Competition eligibility, application, rules and guidelines can be found at  Please contact Linda Gooley at 702-486-5320 or with questions.

About the Governor’s Conference on Business 2015

The 4th annual Governor’s Conference on Business, hosted by the State of Nevada Department of Business and Industry, is a comprehensive business resource event designed for entrepreneurs seeking to launch a new venture or grow an existing business.  The event is taking place on August 25th at the Atlantis Hotel and Casino.

Conference participants will hear from industry leaders and experts during the morning breakout sessions and can interface with 80+ business service providers, funders, development authorities, government entities and B2B companies at the Business Resource Expo.

For the first time, the conference will host a Business Pitch Competition.  The winning companies will be awarded a cash and in-kind services prize package and recognition at the conference luncheon.

The conference will conclude with a luncheon featuring a special guest speaker from Tesla and a keynote address by Governor Brian Sandoval.

To learn more or to register, visit


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