Local businesses to compete for $10K prize in “Shark Tank” style Get Started Tucson pitch competition returning to Scottish Rite Nov. 5
October 16, 2015
Get Started Tucson, the small-business pitch competition hosted by Cox Business and Inc. magazine, was so successful last year, it’s back November 5, where local southern Arizona start-ups and small businesses will compete for a $5,000 cash prize and additional prizes valued in excess of $5,000.
Self-nominations are now being accepted through October 26, at coxblue.com/getstarted2/. Five finalists will be chosen by Cox Business and Inc. magazine. Those finalists will present their pitches on Thursday, November 5, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. to a panel of business experts and a live audience of their peers. The judging panel will provide constructive business feedback to each finalist before they select the winner.
Get Started Tucson’s panel of small-business experts include:
- Basil “Base” Horner, chairman of the screening panel for Desert Angels
- Justin Williams, founder and CEO of Startup Tucson
- Jon Fine, executive editor of Inc. magazine
- Sharon Lurtsema, founder and CEO of Corporate CARE Solutions
- Ken Kraft, vice president, Cox Business
Registration to be part of the live audience at the event is now open as well at Coxblue.com/getstartedtucson. Audience members will be invited to participate in the interactive Q&A session and will learn how to grow their businesses to the next level, leverage digital media, and attract the attention of the right influencers from the expert panel.
Get Started Tucson will be held Downtown at the Tucson Scottish Rite, 160 S. Scott Avenue. The event is free to the public with preregistration by November 2, and includes networking, cocktails, appetizers and complimentary parking.