Apply to pitch at Dayton Startup Week!

We’re bringing back our Early Risers: Startup Week Edition pitch competition — and we want YOU to apply!

We’re looking for up to 10 startups — five tech & five non-tech — to pitch for cash prizes this year.

Last year, Inveloped Cards cofounders Carlos Portis & Frank “Buddy” Pitts, Jr. took first place in the tech startup category.

“It was a good day that honestly was a springboard for us,” Carlos said. “We made some great introductions. We learned about resources available in the area, and that was amazing and took us on a new trajectory.”

The first-place winner in each category will receive $1K cash, $500 in marketing services from the ONEIL Center, and a 60-second video from New Media Incubator ($630 value). Second place winners will receive $250 in marketing services from the ONEIL Center. All finalists will be featured in a Dayton Daily News ad on June 9. Winners will also be featured across Dayton Tech Guide’s social media and email newsletter.

A diverse panel of experts will judge the competition and select the winners. The pitch competition will be held Thursday, June 6 from 5-7pm at The Steam Plant.

To qualify, your company must be:

— less than four years old

— under $50K in revenue or investment

— connected to Dayton

Founders who pitched last year are ineligible to pitch again this year, but if you applied last year and weren’t selected, we’d love to see you apply again.

So whether you’re building software or baking cupcakes, we want to hear from you! Apply by May 22!

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