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REV Birmingham announces the launch of a $15,000 business plan and pitching competition for Birmingham entrepreneurs and start-ups. One first-place winner will be chosen for a $10,000 prize made possible by PNC. Finalists will also have an opportunity to win $5,000 through AL.com’s People’s Choice award.  Applications are now being accepted for THE BIG PITCH, presented by PNC. 10 finalists will be chosen to compete in an intensive three-part event from November 6-8, 2014. AL.com’s People’s Choice polling will take place beginning October 24 on AL.com’s Facebook page.  A screening panel of entrepreneurs will be looking for:

• New business concepts or existing businesses poised for growth
• Proposals with a dazzling concept and well developed business plan
• Business located in, or intending to locate in, the City of Birmingham
• Retail, restaurant, art or neighborhood service concepts
• Other businesses that will generate significant foot traffic
• Businesses that will result in job and tax growth in Birmingham


Special consideration will be given to businesses that have enrolled in REV’s BIZ 1.0 workshop series or its new CO.STARTERS offering. (Register at revbizseptember.eventbrite.com and/or revbirmingham.org/costarters.)

“The REV-BIZ team knows one of the greatest challenges to any startup is access to seed capital. We’re excited to partner again with PNC and leverage not only their continued financial support, but also their technical expertise during this project as we work to grow new businesses downtown,” said REV Birmingham Chief Operating Officer Elizabeth Barbaree-Tasker.


“At PNC, we look to help create financial opportunities for individuals, families and businesses,” said Brian Bucher, PNC Regional President. “It’s critical we collaborate with community-based organizations in a meaningful way, and REV Birmingham remains a great partner in that regard. Creative programming like THE BIG PITCH can help drive innovation, entrepreneurial activity and business growth in the city of Birmingham”


“The positive energy and talent this competition will foster is exactly the kind of economic growth initiative we want to support. We’re proud to not only be a part of this community, but to tell the stories of inspired innovators that are leading the growth and vitality in Birmingham,” says Matt Sharp, President of Alabama Media Group.


Protective Life and Public Radio WBHM 90.3 FM  are also sponsoring THE BIG PITCH. The Alabama Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), Public Relations Council of Alabama (PRCA) and the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) Birmingham Chapter are partners in the project.


Key Dates for THE BIG PITCH include:
August 19 | Applications Open
September 25 | Applications Close
October 9 | Contestants Notified
October 23 | Alternatives Notified
October 30 | Social Event with Mentors
November 6-8 | THE BIG PITCH Competition


Submit applications and find more information at www.revbirmingham.org/BIGPITCH.





About PNC
The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (www.pnc.com) is one of the United States’ largest diversified financial services organizations providing retail and business banking; residential mortgage banking; specialized services for corporations and government entities, including corporate banking, real estate finance and asset-based lending; wealth management and asset management.

About Alabama Media Group
Alabama Media Group is a digitally-focused news and information company that combines quality journalism from The Birmingham News, The Huntsville Times, Mobile’s Press Register and The Mississippi Press with up-to-the-minute access of AL.com.

About REV Birmingham
REV Birmingham (REV) revitalizes places and energizes business to create vibrancy in the City of Birmingham. REV is an economic development organization that stimulates business growth and improves quality of life in Birmingham’s City Center and its Neighborhood Commercial Centers for more information visit www.revbirmingham.org.

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