2972076679_f69304f7d2_zAccess to capital is a foremost concern for many business owners. Whether it’s raising funds for a new business idea, applying for a loan to expand and bring on new employees, or simply needing a little extra to cover costs that month, capital is essential to business’s success. That’s the reason we began Access to Capital, an event aimed at making it easier for business owners and lenders to connect with each other, and provide business owner with the opportunity to learn about various forms of capital available to them.

But at our next Access to Capital event in Chicago, we’re turning the amp up to eleven – you know, because ten just wasn’t enough.

This time there’s a contest worth $10,000: The Growing Chicago: 10k Business Pitch Contest!

Entry opens May 1st and run through May 17th, so it’s imperative to get your video up fast!

Growing Chicago Pitch Contest

Here’s How It Works:

Growing Chicago is open to any business owner or entrepreneur who’s a resident of Illinois! Startup, young business, established business – all are welcome to enter!

  • It begins with a video contest!
  • And ends with an in-person pitch!
    • The top five contestants with the most votes will be invited to attended Access to Capital at Chicago’s Navy Pier on May 22nd free of charge (transportation is not included, however).
      Note: We encourage you to purchase a ticket to the event so you can set up one-on-one meetings with lenders. If your video is in the top five, your ticket price will be refunded.
    • At the event, each contestant will pitch their business idea for growth in Chicago and/or throughout Illinois to all attendees.
    • Through a voting process, attendees will determine the $10,000 winner!
  • But…that’s not the end!

There’s nothing to lose and everything to gain through entry. Beyond the 10k and the opportunity to be featured on Seed Chicago, the event will be chockfull of lenders and small business owners who may be interested in your business idea!

Submit your video entry today! And register for Access to Capital Chicago (50% discount with this link!)

Good luck! We’ll see you at Access to Capital Chicago on May 22nd!

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