Where Shark Tank Meets Business Banking

July 11, 2019  11:30am - 1:30pm

Erie Art Museum: 20 E 5th St., Erie, PA 16507

CrowdPitch Event

Event Description

Introducing Lendio's CrowdPitch event, which can best be described as Shark Tank meets Business Banking. Looking for a business loan or to take your business to the next level? We're giving business owners the opportunity to practice pitching their business growth plan and receive valuable feedback from a panel of lending experts. Not only will this help you gain visibility in the business community but it will also let the community know what resources you need to grow your business (partners, services, funding, connections, talent). All in attendance will gain valuable tips and feedback on how they can best secure financing for their business.

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While CrowdPitch is free to apply, attend, and present at, this event benefits SafeNet, so a donation option is available when registering. This event will be a fun and educational way to spend a lunch period. Attendees are encouraged to stick around and network with other entrepreneurs, business owners, bankers, investors, and business groups in the community.

Here's How it Works:

Presenting Companies
We'll select 3-4 companies to pitch their business goals to an audience of their peers and a panel of lenders. Coaching is available prior to the event to help them prepare their pitch. Presenters have 5 minutes to "pitch" and wow the audience before a 3 minute Q&A with the panel and crowd and 2 minutes of panel feedback.

Audience Participation
At the conclusion of the pitches, the audience and panel “invest” FUN money with the company whose pitch/plan impressed them the most. Each audience member receives $100 in Lendio chips, while panel members get $500.

The Winner
The company who receives the largest “investment” of Lendio chips from the audience and panel wins. The winning business will receive a valuable prize package of $5,000+ in business services from our sponsors.

Apply to Pitch

Click on the Apply button below and fill out a short form to express your interest in pitching. You'll then receive a formal CrowdPitch Application and Guidelines packet. Email or call (814) 200-1551 with any questions. 

  • Final pitch applications due by 07/03
  • Presenters will be notified by 07/08
  • If you're applying to pitch, you also must register to attend!


Become a sponsor at our CrowdPitch event. You'll receive both pre-event and at-event recognition. To get started, click on the Sponsor button below and fill out a short form. Email or call (814) 200-1551 with any questions. 

  • If you're sponsoring, you also must register to attend!


Entrepreneurs, business owners, bankers, investors, business organizations and professionals in the community are all invited to attend. Our event is free and food and refreshments will be provided. Learn valuable business financing tips and other advice on what you can do to grow your business.



11:30am Networking & Lunch
12:00pm Welcome & Introduction
12:10pm CrowdPitch Begins
12:50pm Voting & Winners Announced
1:00pm Networking
1:30pm Event Ends

About Lendio
Lendio is a free online lending marketplace dedicated to providing funding to small businesses. That’s why we’ve partnered with more lenders than anyone in the world. We believe that small businesses are the backbone of America and we work to ensure every business has access to the capital needed to grow and succeed, regardless of size. 


Thank You to Our Panelists

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Lisa Maas

Chris Groner


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Betsy Bort
Vice President/Commercial Lending 

Thank You to Our Sponsors