There are only two days left in our Growing Chicago: 10k Business Pitch Contest, and the competition is amping up! We’ve been amazed by the integrity and personal nature of the entries, as well as inspired by the innovation prevalent in Chicago! If you haven’t seen them, you’re missing out. Seriously, head over to the contest page right now and check out what these entrepreneurs are doing – and don’t forget to vote for your favorites!

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We’re excited to be inviting the Top 5 entries to Acces to Capital Chicago to pitch their businesses live to the attendees who will choose who gets the Grand Prize. But the journey doesn’t end there! Katie Olson, Program Analyst with World Business Chicago, explains what happens next:

Yep, you heard right!  The Top 5 video finalists may have the opportunity to be featured on Seed Chicago, which is run on Kickstarter’s platform. As a part of Mayor Emanuel’s Plan for Economic Growth & Jobs, and “developed by World Business Chicago to assess and expand Chicago’s economy,” Seed Chicago aligns perfectly with Access to Capital and may well be the next avenue of funding and growth for your business!

Can’t make a video but still want to learn about the many ways to access capital and have an opportunity to meet one-on-one with lenders? Register for Access to Capital Chicago on May 22nd!

  • If you’re a small business owner looking for looking for tips on how to access capital, join our Facebook group. We’ll also keep you updated about future event locations and contests!

Good luck to all entrants! Remember: Only two more days, so get those submissions in and promote promote promote!

[cc image credit Mark Rutter]