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Moonshot Pioneer Pitch Event - How to Apply to be a Contestant

In March of 2020, VVREO proudly presents an exciting two-day event called Moonshot AZ Pioneer Pitch Verde Valley. This “Shark Tank” inspired entrepreneurial business pitch contest is open to anyone doing or wanting to do business in the Verde Valley. Do you have a “moonshot” idea or an existing business you’d like to expand? Entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to receive instruction and advice from various industry experts on how to start or accelerate their business/ideas while competing for cash and prizes.

New this year – A competitive cash award has been added, through the generosity of the Sustainability Alliance, for businesses that have created and implemented a service with the potential to reduce solid waste significantly in the Verde Valley. If you are competing for the Sustainable Entrepreneur Award, you are encouraged to attend the January 14, 2020. Moving Toward Sustainability Workshop

Eligibility – To be eligible to participate in this competition you must be interested in and willing to do business in the Verde Valley. If this does not fit your parameters, check out the other state-wide programs in Arizona. Visit the NACET site.

To apply, candidates must submit a $35 fee and complete the online registration with the Yavapai College Small Business Development Center (SBDC).  Participants must also complete an application explaining their start-up idea, what they feel their unique selling proposition is, and why their product of service is better than what is already on the market.

Summary of Steps

  • Step 1 – Determine your Moonshot idea
  • Step 2 – Complete the form below, and pay the $35 fee
  • Step 3 - Following payment, your confirmation email will direct you to sign up with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Yavapai College and to fill out the business application. The SBDC is providing workshops and coaching as you prepare for the big event in March.
  • Step 4 - Attend the SBDC workshops. If you have not attended at least 3 of the 4 workshops, contact Ruth Ellen Elinski at ruthellen.elinski@yc.edu regarding the workshop content. Businesses need to be familiar with and equally prepared for the competition beginning on March 5.

If you have questions or need assistance getting your business or pre-venture registered, reach out to Ruth Ellen Elinski, SBDC Business Analyst, ruthellen.elinski@yc.edu or Mary Chicoine, VVREO Executive Director at 928-300-1640 or moonshot@vvreo.com.

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What is the SBDC?

They are Arizona’s largest most comprehensive and accessible statewide source of assistance for small businesses in every stage of development. The Network consists of two teams – the Arizona Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) which provide tools, training and one-on-one business counseling, and the Arizona Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTAC) which help businesses seeking federal, state and local contracting opportunities.

They provide no cost confidential one-on-one business counseling plus no or low cost workshops and training.

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