CrowdPitch 

Where Shark Tank Meets Business Banking

April 5, 2019 - 11:30am - 1:30pm 

Tech Hill Commons, 500 Interstate Blvd S Suite 210, Nashville, TN 37210

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Event Description

Introducing Lendio Nashville'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 take your business to the next level (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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Food and drinks will be provided. 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. We are excited to support Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee*. A portion of all registrations will be donated.  

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.

*About Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee
In 1978, Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee (SHFB) opened its doors to feed hungry people and work to solve hunger issues in the Nashville community.   Now, 40 years later, Second Harvest is the primary emergency food resource for nearly 400,000 food insecure individuals in a 46-county service area.  Today, 1 in 8 Middle Tennesseans, including 1 in 5 children, are without reliable access to affordable, nutritious food.  SHFB works to collect, sort, and distribute 32 million pounds of food annually to these neighbors in need through programs and our network of 470+ partner agencies.

For every dollar donated, Second Harvest can provide four meals to hungry children, families and seniors in our community.  Together, we will fight hunger and feed hope.

For more information about Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, its programs and volunteer opportunities, please visit secondharvestmidtn.org.

Apply to Pitch

Click on the button below and fill out a short form with your name, business name, a short summary of what your business does to make money, and how much capital you need to take your business to the next level. You'll then receive a CrowdPitch Application & Guidelines packet with next steps and instructions on how to formally. Email joe.gadd@lendiolocal.com or call 615.724.9082 with any questions. 

  • Final pitch applications due by 3/22
  • Pre-screening interviews to be conducted by 3/29
  • Only 3-4 applicants will be chosen
  • Presenters will be notified by 4/1
  • If you're applying to pitch, you also must register to attend!

Sponsor

Become a sponsor at our CrowdPitch event. You'll receive both pre-event and at-event recognition. To get started, please click on the Sponsor button below and fill out a short form. Email joe.gadd@lendiolocal.com or call 615.724.9082 with questions. Recognition will include:

  • Your logo below on this event page
  • Your logo included in promotional emails
  • Ability to display signage at the event
  • Ability to set up a table w/ materials
  • Your logo/business description on screen
  • $1,000+ level sponsor will be given time to speak for a few minutes at the event
  • If you're sponsoring, you also must register to attend!

Attend 

Entrepreneurs, business owners, bankers, investors, business organizations and professionals in the community are all invited to attend. Learn valuable business financing tips and advice on what you can do to take your business to the next level. 

  • CrowdPitch is uniquely structured with clear guidelines for audience participation 
  • Please REGISTER below to reserve your spot today


    If you're a sponsor or applying to pitch, you also must register to attend!

 

Agenda

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

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