Grand Prize: $15,000 business grant
Audience Choice: $5,000 business grant
PART I: MENTORSHIP AND BUSINESS PLAN SUPPORT
After a competitive application process, ArtWorks selects 8 finalists and pairs them with a business mentor and U.S. Bank Small Business Specialist to receive mentorship and coaching over 10 weeks. The program will culminate in a public pitch event in front of a live audience and an expert panel of judges.
PART II: THE BIG PITCH EVENT
Each finalist will deliver a 5-minute pitch at the Big Pitch event on Thursday, October 6. A panel of judges will evaluate finalists based on the strength of their business plan and final pitch. The winner will be awarded a $15K Judges Choice business grant. An additional $5K business grant will be awarded to the Audience Choice.