Big Ideas for Small Business

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Cape Cod Beer

1336 Phinneys Lane

Barnstable, MA 02601

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Big Ideas for Small Business: FREE Business Resources Workshop + FREE Big Ideas Pitch Contest - attend both or choose one!

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Cape Cod's small business community is fueled by big ideas - and we want to hear yours!

Cape Cod Young Professionals and EforAll Cape Cod are co-sponsoring two events to fuel BIG IDEAS - a FREE business resources workshop and a FREE Big Ideas pitch contest! Attend both or choose one. FREE admission, cash bar.

  • 4:30-6:00pm Business Resources Workshop
  • 6:00-6:30pm Networking & Showcase
  • 6:30-7:30pm Big Ideas Pitch Contest

Big Ideas Resources Workshop (4:30-6:00pm)

Subject matter experts will facilitate 20-minute Q& A sessions on some of the hottest topics in the small business community today. Choose the three topics most interesting to you and come with your questions!

Resource Workshop Topics:

  • So Your Business Needs Funding!
  • Planning For Your Business Life Cycle
  • Resources for Women-Owned Businesses
  • Market Your Business Without Breaking the Bank

Pitch Contest (6:00-7:30pm)

What does Cape Cod's business ecosystem need to thrive year-round? How can the Cape be more business friendly? Pitch your idea and solutions for what will drive our region's entrepreneurs and small businesses forward! In 2 1/2 minutes - describe a challenge that Cape Cod's aspiring entrepreneurs and/or small businesses face. More importantly, describe your solution to that challenge! Pitch your Big Idea for Small Business to a panel of judges and an audience of policy makers, local officials, and your friends and neighbors. Community leaders will be in the room, and they will be listening intently.

1st place pitch wins lunch with Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce CEO Wendy Northcross to further discuss idea. This event's purpose is to start conversations, improving the odds of small business success on Cape Cod. How can Cape Cod do better? Make a difference - pitch your idea!

ATTEND A PITCH WORKSHOP IN ADVANCE for tips and tricks on how to effectively structure your pitch. We will talk more about this at the info session, but broadly, we would like pitches to follow the format below***:

30 sec - Identify the Problem

On the application identify the problem in this field: "In less than 300 characters, tell us your idea."

30 sec - Who Benefits

On the application describe who benefits under the this question: "Describe your customer or target audience. Be as specific as possible. How will you reach these people to tell them your idea?"

30 sec - Identify the Solution

On the application describe your solution in this field: "Whether your idea is a for profit company, or a social impact organization or nonprofit, please explain how you think it will be financially self sustaining in the future. [Show how your revenues can be higher than you expenses, and explain why and when this will happen.]"

30 sec - Feasibility of Solution

On the application describe the feasibility of your solution in this field: "What research have you done? (talking to potential customers, suppliers, partners, co-founders, etc.)"

30 sec - Call to action

On the application describe what steps are necessary to achieve this goal in this field: "What impact do you hope to accomplish with this idea [i.e. revenue, profit, jobs, societal, etc...]?"

Other notes

On the application use the field "if you receive money from the pitch contest, what will you do with it?" for any additional notes. MONEY IS NOT BEING AWARDED AT THIS CONTEST.

***NOTE: We are adapting our standard pitch application to this very special event so please see the notes above about what information to include in each field.


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