Savannah SCORE’s “BizPitch Savannah 2019” is a “Shark Tank™”-style entrepreneurial competition whose objective is to encourage, support and reward entrepreneurship in our community. Individuals who wish to apply to be a contestant must agree to and comply with the following rules:

  1. All applicants must be at least 18 years of age
  2. Proposed businesses must be either a new start-up or have obtained its Savannah-Chatham County Business License after March 1, 2018.
  3. Completed applications and application fee of $25 must be electronically submitted by no later than midnight, Monday, July 29, 2019. 
  4. Applications more than 900 words in length and applications received after the July 29 deadline will be automatically disqualified.
  5. Applications will be reviewed by a committee of experienced SCORE Mentors and business experts. A group of eight finalists will be selected from the pool of applicants and their names publicly announced by no later than 5:00 PM Monday, August 12.
  6. Finalists will have four weeks to prepare their Business Pitch. During this time, SCORE Business Mentors and a Presentation Coach will be provided at no charge to the finalists to help them prepare.
  7. Finalists will attend a “How To Make An Effective Business Pitch” workshop on Monday, August 19 at the Savannah SCORE office at 111 E. Liberty Street, Savannah, GA.
  8. Finalists will deliver a “Practice Pitch” to a panel of successful businesspeople on Wednesday, August 28 at the Coastal Georgia Center at 305 Fahm Street, Savannah, GA. .
  9. The event will take place on Friday, September 6 at 4:00 PM at The Coastal Georgia Center. 
  10. Each finalist will have four minutes to make their pitch to “BizPitch Savannah’s” panel of five judges. After each pitch, the judges will have an additional four minutes to ask questions and make comments to the contestant. Finalists are encouraged to use PowerPoint slides or other visual aids in their presentation.
  11. The judges will rate the business pitches based on the following criteria:
    1. Business viability and originality of the idea
    2. Quality and effectiveness of the pitch
    3. Professionalism of the business proposal
    4. Other considerations
  12. Three winners will be selected by the judges. The decisions of the judges are FINAL.
  13. Each of the three winners will receive a Prize comprised of cash and a package of professional business-related services worth as much as $10,000. (The final list and value of these services will be announced prior to the event.)
  14. Winners must locate and operate their business within Savannah-Chatham County and must launch their business by no later than January 1, 2021.